C.P. Huntington Trains

Tuesday, January 4, 2005 12:05 PM
Pete's avatar I think the train at the Cleveland Zoo is also a C.P. Huntington.

I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 12:57 PM
Sandy Lake in Carrolton operates 1 CP Huntington.

Brackenridge Park has 2 CP Huntingtons and no one has ever died on their trains to my knowledge and I've never been informed of any acciedents on that line.

Ft. Worth Zoo may or may not operate a CP Huntington, they have a train, but never got a close enough look. Also Forest Park, where the zoo operates, runs a CP Huntington.

Zoo Atlanta operates one or two

Wild Adventures operates one or two as well.

Landry's operates 3 CP Huntingtons. 1 at Downtown Aquarium in Downtown Houston and 2 at Kemah Boardwalk (the 2nd was supposed to be used at the downtown location but was shipped to Kemah when the boardwalk expanded in 2004).


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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 7:45 PM
I believe the Fort Worth Zoo is indeed a Chance. So is Dutch Wonderland's and Bonfante Gardens. I think that I read somewhere that the Potowatame Zoo in South Bend, IN just received two new Chance C.P. Huntingtons for 2005.

If this helps any, I know that the Pittsburgh Zoo has had their two C.P. Huntingtons since the early to mid 1960s.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 8:37 PM
The Cincy Zoo has one as well........

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 9:47 PM
Enchanted Island,Encanto Park Phoenix,AZ. There was several at Buffalo Bills in Primm,NV, but I think they all have been sold.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 9:53 PM
Oaks Park in Portland,Oregon has a Chance C.P.Huntington train.
Lets' bring back Portland,Oregons' Jantzen Beach Big Dipper(1928-1970)Oregon needs some good wood!
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Wednesday, January 5, 2005 3:28 AM
rollergator's avatar TX peeps question....is Brackenridge the park with the train that runs along Memphis Kiddie Park in San Antonio? Tha trip became quite a blur, and the kiddie park resulted in no caster rides (:( ;)) - but there was a LONG train track that IIRC ran in/thru MKP...

Thanks for any help! :)

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Thursday, January 6, 2005 6:41 AM
Yes, the Brackenridge does go along the Kiddie Park.. Actually, the Lil' Dipper in the Kiddie Park was my first coaster wayyyy back in the day.

And Lone Star Thrills,
They used to have 2 C.P. Huntingtons prior to '92 a black one called the "Yellow Rose of Texas" and a red/black one which I forgot the name. I remember vividly seeing all the news about the SA River accident on the south bridge. That accident is why they installed those ugly iron guards along the track there. I don't remember if there was or wasn't fatalities. I have a faint memory of another accident on the north bridge as well, but I hardly remember that. When I asked the conductor last week, he said the current blue engines have been there less than 7 years. I'm sure if you looked hard enough on google, you will find info about the accident(s).


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Thursday, January 6, 2005 10:40 AM
rollergator's avatar Thanks! :)

And they say when ya get older that your memory starts to.......what was I saying again? ;)
*** Edited 1/6/2005 3:41:40 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Thursday, January 6, 2005 11:45 AM

Brother Dave said:
I believe the Fort Worth Zoo is indeed a Chance.

I'm pretty sure you're right. Not only is there one in the Zoo, there is also a Chance C.P. Huntington train that starts in Forest Park, just outside of the Zoo and runs along and over the Trinity River to Trinity Park. It is a very long ride for a miniature train, somewhere around 5 miles and it takes 40 minutes to ride.

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Thursday, January 6, 2005 8:34 PM
-Incoming psychic transmission-

In 41 years, every zoo in the U.S. will have a C.P. Huntington.


This year it's Oklahoma City Zoo! YEAH! GO SOONERS!


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Saturday, January 8, 2005 11:37 PM
Hi everyone. I just came across this forum discussion today about the C.P. Huntington trains. The C.P. Huntington trains are my favortie park trains. I saw someone was trying to compile a list of all the C.P. Huntingtons. I have a list but it is not complete. I have almost 200 out of the 337. I have worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with our two trains for almost 4 years now. I have been following the past few CPHs being manufactured. The Landry's Downtown Aquarium in TX does have 3 C.P. Huntington trains. The Oklahoma City Zoo has #333; Cypress Gardens has two #334 and #335; The Potawatomi Zoo has #336 (they only have one and as of now are only planning on using one.) And #337 went to the Ellen Trout Zoo in TX.

I'd like to hear more details on the wrecks at Brackenridege Park. I never heard anything about that before. I followed the fatal derailment at the St. Louis Zoo and now the articles are becoming scarce on google.

I am looking forward to discussing everything with you all!

Chris

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Sunday, January 9, 2005 1:33 PM
Chris, we used to have that info archived over at Parktrains.
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Sunday, January 9, 2005 7:27 PM
I know we were talking about the trains at Brackenridge Park but I don't remember anything about the wrecks.
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Monday, January 10, 2005 1:49 PM
Chris,

All that I remember about the accidents were in my previous posts. I can't seem to find any info online, which is very strange. One of the accidents, if I recall correctly, wasn't too big of a deal. The other accident was major San Antonio news at the time, though.

Next time I'm back down there, which is quite frequently, I'll go research in microfiche. The SA public library has a detailed collection of the San Antonio Express News.


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Monday, January 10, 2005 7:14 PM
I tried all different kinds of searches and found no information. It could be all the websites took it off since it was in the early 90s. That's what happened with the St. Louis Zoo derailment, there was a whole bunch of information and now there is one or two sites.

I have yet to see a picture of the black engine "The Yellow Rose." I have seen tons of the red engine "The Marry Barrette" and blue "The Eagle." The Eagle I know was manufactured in the early 1990s. I am not sure about the other two.

I was reading over more of the earlier posts. I saw the one about Storyland in New Hampshire. They have a very unique operation. All of their trains are 20-inch gauge, not 24-inch. They also have 5 Locomotives. #2 pulls the Red Line. #4 pulls the Blue Line. #47 Pulls the Green Line. #18 is a spare locomotive that fills in when another locomotive is down. #14 is also on site but in storage. They purchased it in a state of disrepair. It is currently sitting high on a shelf in the engine house. I believe they have 16 spare coaches a long with the 18 that go along with the direct trains.

Chris

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Monday, January 10, 2005 7:22 PM
Try the websites of the local papers, and access their archives. Sometimes you get lucky, depending how far back they have transfered the data.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 8:00 AM
Wow this is a great start for the project. I really appreciate everyones help, and keep on posting!

Floridian

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 3:15 PM

Engineer Chris said:I was reading over more of the earlier posts. I saw the one about Storyland in New Hampshire. They have a very unique operation. All of their trains are 20-inch gauge, not 24-inch. They also have 5 Locomotives. #2 pulls the Red Line. #4 pulls the Blue Line. #47 Pulls the Green Line. #18 is a spare locomotive that fills in when another locomotive is down. #14 is also on site but in storage. They purchased it in a state of disrepair. It is currently sitting high on a shelf in the engine house. I believe they have 16 spare coaches a long with the 18 that go along with the direct trains.

Chris


Thanks Chris for augmenting and correcting my earlier post about Storyland's trains. They have even more than I realized. I wonder if any other park has such an expansive operation of C.P.Huntington trains.

Also, you said that their trains are 20 inch guage while other C.P.Huntington's are 24. Do they have them specially modified for their track or are the trains somehow easily adjusted or adaptable? I have seen pictures of their original train which I assume was 20 inches and explains why they have that track in place.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 3:52 PM
Chance offered in their catalog the 20" gauge option. I surmise that this was for parks that had been running G-16's at their minimum radius and clearances, and couldn't enlage the right of way to accommadate the two foot gauge trains.The frames are built specifically for the smaller gauge, but from what I have been able to determine the bodies are the same.
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