I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.
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).
If this helps any, I know that the Pittsburgh Zoo has had their two C.P. Huntingtons since the early to mid 1960s.
William W. Gray, CuratorWhitewater Valley RailroadConnersville, Indiana
Thanks for any help! :)
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).
And they say when ya get older that your memory starts to.......what was I saying again? ;)
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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