Former Circus Train Car Serves As Community Center
On August 23, 2017, SWQ received a 93-foot train car from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. RBX Red Unit Car #57 has found its "forever home" at the Showpeople's Winter Quarters. Our residents will soon enjoy a variety of community activities in this repurposed car, which will include a lounge, kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities and library.
Storied History of RBX Red Car 57
RBX #57 was built in 1953 by the American Car and Foundry Company of St. Charles, Missouri as Union Pacific passenger car 5453. It was acquired by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 1972 and refurbished as the trainmaster’s car. Constructed of aluminum, the body of RBX #57 will remain practically maintenance-free for many years to come.
“The Ringling Bros. Circus train was one-of-a-kind, something people came out to see and celebrated every time it rolled through cities across the U.S. The circus train was home to performers and their families for over 146 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “With the closing of the circus, it was important to our family that the donated Ringling Bros. train cars served a special purpose in local communities and functioned as a place to gather and make memories.”