Former circus car moved to Gallipolis museum

February 19, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — The former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus car that came to Huntington in June 2017 is moving again — to the Gallipolis Railroad Freight Station Museum in Gallipolis, Ohio.

That freight station, which the Hocking Valley Railway built in 1901, is located at 918 3rd Ave., in Gallipolis. It is the centerpiece of a museum that already owns a former Norfolk Southern caboose.

The circus car will be added to that caboose, which was built in the 1960s and came to the museum from a little park in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Early Monday, Red’s Rollen Garage, based in Bidwell, Ohio, moved the car.


It was previously reported that the museum intends to place it just outside the property’s loading platform as well as to include a pueblo caboose along new track being constructed outside the museum. The former circus car is 86 feet long and was a passenger car on the Pennsylvania Railroad. The circus previously made individual rooms for performers inside the car.

The museum has said it would like to turn the passenger car into an educational center for students and adults.