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The Chase of the The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Red Unit Circus Train 8/12/2013

by Chris Guenzler

I called Carl Morrison and he decided to join me on a trip to San Diego. Our goal was to catch to Red Unit Circus train at several spots as it went from San Diego to Oakland. This train is the red Unit with Union Pacific 4436, 4569 and 4415 for power with 59 Cars = 4 Stocks, 34 Coaches, 2 COFC, 19 Flats. (Total 252 axles less power). Carl picked me up before 6:00 AM and we made our way with little traffic to Del Mar and went to 7th Street and parked. We walked out onto the Del Mar Bluffs and picked our photo spots. Now we would wait for the Circus Train and I would shoot every train movement until our train came.

The views from my photo location a new location for me.

The view of the surf.

Pacific Surfliner 565 for Los Angeles came by us first.

Coaster 638 came by us heading to San Diego. From here I walked to a bench and a new photo location.

I sat down on Wally's Bench and continued our wait.

Coaster 640 was heading to San Diego.

Coaster 635 heading north to Oceanside.

Pacific Surfliner 562 was heading to San Diego.

Pacific Surfliner 567 was heading to Los Angeles. I called AC Adam and with bad Verizon cell service and five tries I got through. He was watching it on a San Diego Web Cam.

UCSD Cross Country members were out on a run this morning.

The Surfers were out this morning.

Carl was reading his LA Times while I kept a watchful eye out down the rails.

The UCSD Girls Cross Country Team were out on an early morning run.

Pacific Surfliner 564 was heading to San Diego. I called AC Adam and learned the train had left San Diego.

Pacific Surfliner 769 was heading to Goleta.

Coaster 644 for San Diego came by us next.

Coaster 639 for Oceanside was next by our location.

A track inspector came by us next heading south.

The clouds began to lift.

Pacific Surfliner 566 was heading to San Diego. I figured that the Circus train made it to Serrento Valley and waited for Surliner 566 there. A few minutes later we heard a rumbling and soon saw the headlight. We both got ready to take our pictures.

Here the Circus Red Train came by our photo location. From here we went to Califia Beach at San Clemente State Beach. As we pulled in Pacific Surfliner 573 went through Califia Beach. That means it ran around the Circus Train somewhere in San Diego County. I lead the way to my favorite San Clemente photo location.

A view on a beautiful mid day.

Metrolink 851 for Oceanside. We then had the signal go off, then to red and then to green. That meant the Circus train would be next and Pacific Surflinerr 572 would be held at CP Serra.

The Red Unit Circus Train at Califia Beach. From here we went to the Horseshoe Bend in Santa Ana Canyon. We hiked up the trail and track space was at a bare minimum today.

The Red Unit Circus Train made its way through the Horseshoe Bend in Santa Ana Canyon. After that Carl returned me home and I wrote this story.