Ringling Bros. circus train derails in Miami

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A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train en route to Hampton, Va., from Louisville, Ky., rolls through St. Albans, W.Va., in August 2011.
Chase Gunnoe
MIAMI, Fla. — Just two days after Feld Entertainment managers announced the discontinuation of its Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus brand, the company’s Blue unit train has derailed in Miami.

According to local sources, a Florida East Coast local was assembling the train in preparation for its departure from Miami when a switching locomotive and one of the company’s generator cars derailed. There was only minor damage reported, but the equipment remained derailed as of 2:45 p.m. local time.

Locals who were trying to catch a glimpse of the circus train before its departure announced that several grade crossings were blocked in the area as a result of the derailment. It is believed that only one car derailed.

The Blue unit was scheduled to depart Miami this afternoon en route to Birmingham, Ala., for a series of shows starting on Thursday, Jan. 19. Birmingham is about 825 miles from Miami.

Trains News Wire has reached out to Feld Entertainment for comment on this developing story.

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