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The Northbound Chase of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Blue Unit Circus Train 8/27/2012



by Chris Guenzler



Bill Compton picked me up at 5:30 AM and we headed south down Interstate 5 towards Solana Beach where we would do some railroad photography while we waited for the Circus Train to arrive there.





Pacific Surfliner 763 was our first train of the day at Solana Beach.





Next came Coaster 636 into Solana Beach for San Diego.





Coaster 631 next left Solana Beach for Oceanside.





Coaster 638 next came by heading for San Diego.





Coaster 638 met Pacific Surfliner 563 at Solana Beach.





Pacific Surfliner 563 came next heading to Los Angeles.





Coaster 640 came next heading to San Diego. From here we moved to the bridge at the south end of Solana Beach.





Coaster 635 was next heading to Oceanside.





Pacific Surfliner 562 came next heading to San Diego. From here we headed north to the south end of Cardiff by the Sea to our next photo location.





Pacific Surfliner 567 came by our location running ten minutes late into its trip to Los Angeles.





Pacific Surfliner 564 snuck up on us but we got the going away picture.





Coaster 644 for San Diego came by us next.





Pacific Surfliner 769 for Goleta headed north. I took a short walk.





Coaster 639 for Oceanside came by my photo location for Oceanside.





Pacific Surfliner 566 heading for San Diego. We relocated to the State Beach south of Del Mar and I paid for the parking. We walked up to the bank of the old US highway 101 Bridge and would now wait here.





Pacific Surfliner 573 heading to Los Angeles south of Del Mar.





Coaster 646 headed to San Diego.





Pacific Surfliner 768 headed to San Diego.





Pacific Surfliner 777 for San Luis Obispo came by our photo location next. Now since we had been in contact with Carl aboard the train we knew the next double red signal would be our train. It came into view and we got ready for our first circus train pictures of the day.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Blue Unit Train Consist

Cars not in order

Block Totals Loads: 61 Gross Tons: 4664 Length: 5427 ft.

It finally came by our photo location.

















There you have our first pictures of the northbound chase of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Blue Unit Circus Train south of Del Mar. Now let the chase begin. Next stop Califia Beach.



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