Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and Union Pacific Celebrated Railroad Heritage

World's Largest Operating Steam Locomotive Pulled The Greatest Show On Earth® Into Denver!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the cast of Barnum's FUNundrum celebrate the arrival of Union Pacific's Challenger locomotive in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday Sept. 28, 2010 .The Greatest Show On Earth will be performing in Denver through Oct. 10, 2010. (PHOTO BY GARY BOGDON/ FELD ENTERTAINMENT )

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is excited to be part of this railroad heritage celebration; we've been riding the rails for the last 140 years, so we are a part of railroad history.

Vienna, VA (Vocus) September 28, 2010

History was made today when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train and Union Pacific Railroad’s “Challenger,” No. 3985, joined together, literally, between Speer, Wyo., and Denver, Colo., to celebrate U.S. railroad heritage. Challenger pulled the mile-long circus train, packed full of international performers, exotic animals, and all the equipment needed to present the all-new Ringling Bros. Circus, Barnum’s FUNundrum!SM, which makes a two-week stop in Denver. Union Pacific’s No. 3985 continues on a six-state tour from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gorham, Ill.

“We are proud that No. 3985 pulled the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train into Denver. A record was set when Challenger pulled a 65-car train that is more than 6,000 tons and nearly 6,100 feet long, the most for a steam locomotive in the 21st century,” said Dick Hartman, Union Pacific’s director of public affairs for Colorado and Wyoming.

The combined trains arrived shortly after 10:00 am and were met by over 500 excited fans at the intersection of York Street and East 47th Avenue. A welcome celebration followed that featured Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and performers from Ringling Bros., officials from Union Pacific, and Denver city auditor, Dennis Gallagher, who presented a proclamation from the Mayor of Denver.

“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is excited to be part of this railroad heritage celebration; we’ve been riding the rails for the last 140 years, so we are a part of railroad history,” said Johnathan Lee Iverson, Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Barnum’s FUNundrum!SM, is a monumental, once in a lifetime show, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum, and can only be experienced at The Greatest Show On Earth, Barnum’s living legacy! Ringling Bros. will be performing in Denver through October 10, 2010 and then will continue on its two-year tour.

For more information about Ringling Bros., visit http://www.Ringling.com.
For more information about Union Pacific or No. 3985, visit http://www.up.com.

Note To Producers: Broadcast quality aerial footage of the combined trains is available at:
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    Union Pacific
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