Circus Train Car
Circus Train Car Update
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus wintered in Venice, Florida between 1960 and 1991. With the help of numerous donors from the Venice area and around the nation, VAHS will bring a retired circus train car to the Historic Venice Depot Campus. VAHS has found an ideal car, built by Pullman Standard and once owned by Ringling, at the Florida Railroad Museum (FRRM). The Society has raised the funds to purchase it, restore and reconfigure it, and prepare the Depot site to receive it. Originally called the Short Leaf Pine, the 85-foot long rail car had its last brake check in Venice in 1993.
Thank you to:
The car is currently at the Uniglide Trailer Company in Venice on the corner of Seaboard and Spur Avenues. Uniglide is refurbishing the exterior and reconfiguring the interior of the car. When the work is completed, the car will be moved to the Venice Train Depot, and interior exhibits will be finalized. They will illustrate how Ringling performers lived on the circus train, and they will describe the many innovations that took place in the Ringling Bros. Circus during the Venice years. Venice’s circus legacy will also be celebrated.
Having a retired Ringling Bros. car that was actually used in Venice is the ideal fulfillment of the original vision and plan for the Historic Venice Train Depot. VAHS is proud to play a part in the vision.
Fundraising continues for the development of interior educational exhibits. If you haven’t donated yet, please jump on board. All donations, both large and small, are important in helping VAHS complete the project. Please send checks, made out to VAHS, to:
Circus Train Car Project, Caldwell Trust Company, 1400 Center Road, Venice, FL 34293.
Thank you for helping to preserve Venice's circus heritage!