The elephants themselves were on beat. They were en route to work, performing with the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus in Boston's Fleet Center. The circus train, on which 10 elephants and 30 horses travel along with 200 performers and crew members, spent the week parked on the railroad tracks behind Simmons Hall and the West Garage.
According to Ringling Brothers trainmaster Tim Holan, technology has changed circus life and the look of circus trains. "We have a self-contained city here, with people from 16 different nations. Today, the buzz on board is all about who's got the best cell phone, the best computer. And the trains look like they have ears -- it's the satellite dishes, pointing every which way, to pick up news from home." Photo / Donna Coveney