Circus is Dead but the Rail Cars Keep Running!

Biggest “YAHOO! GROUP” these days is CIRCUS TRAINS. Have never seen so much traffic! Both the RED and BLUE circus trains “died” just recenly way away from “home” in Florida. If you bought a circus car, you have to get it to a new home.

Biggest discussion topic has been….nobody is removing circus lettering from the cars. The circus said “you must remove, etc, etc”. But mot buyers are NOT.

Typical post: “None of the RBBX markings have been changed, guess the circus thought it to be too much effort since they were getting rid of the cars (not unreasonable). Easier to get them on their way to the new owner than to go through the effort to remove them and find out what the next reporting mark is suppose to be, especially so those going to private individuals or private companies.”

Just type in “YAHOO! GROUPS CIRCUS TRAIN” and look through the posts.

Erie-Lackawanna Commuting in New Jersey

The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad’s Hoboken Terminal is the only active surviving railroad terminal alongside the Hudson River and is a nationally recognized historical site.

Built in 1907, Hoboken Terminal still serves. It has six ferry slips (now unused) as DL&W operated ferries to 23rd Street, Christopher Street and Barkley Street. It also connects with PATH trains. 18 tracks served both commuter and long distance traffic.

Lackawanna’s New Jersey territory became a major commuter carrier. A lot of money was spent on grade crossing elimination, track elevation and new stations before electrification in 1930 to Dover, Gladstone and Montclair. Electrification was viewed as the best way to squeeze more trains onto existing tracks.

Erie Lackawanna handled about half of the New Jersey/New York commuter volume with over 35,000 daily passengers riding over 200 trains. Much of the ex-DL&W work was done with equipment that was already over thirty years old at the time of the merger. Ex-Erie diesel routes used World War I-vintage coaches. Erie Lackawanna’s brief life saw both the end of Hudson River ferry service (1967) and long distance passenger service (1970). It also saw the rise of government subsidy for commuter service and the introduction of new equipment with this help.

Read more about the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad