Circus elephants boarding a train, 1961
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actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Circus elephants boarding a train, 1961

©National Railway Museum/ Science & Society Picture Library


Chipperfield Circus elephants being loaded onto a British Railways vehicle at St Botolph station, to be used in the film Cleopatra, 28 September 1961. Railway workers were used to transporting animals, although they mainly dealt with livestock being taken to markets! In the 1960s the numbers of animals being transported by rail was in decline due to competition from the roads.

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