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Friday, December 17, 2010

BOB'S CIRCUS TRAIN, SARASOTA #2

A dining car lined with circus photographs and memorabilia at Bob's Train restaurant.
A hand-pulled print of the first Ringling Bros newspaper advertisement on display at Bob's Train in Sarasota.
Bob Horne talks about the history of the John & Mable Ringling Railroad Coach while walking through what used to be John Ringling's private bathroom in the railcar which is currently under restoration at Bob's Train in Sarasota.

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This dilapidated bathroom inside the John & Mable Ringling Railroad Coach was once used by General John J. Pershing. The railcar is currently under restoration at Bob's Train in Sarasota.

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A lifesize image of John and Mable Ringling from the Smithsonian lends a bit of extra atmosphere inside the John & Mable Ringling Railroad Coach. The railcar is currently under restoration at Bob's Train in Sarasota.

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