Thursday, February 9, 2023

Chance Rides Supplies Trains to Toledo Zoo

Wichita, KS, USA — The Toledo Zoo’s Safari Railroad will feature three “new” C.P. Huntington Locomotives when it resumes regular operation this spring. The Toledo Zoo recently purchased one new locomotive and refurbished two 2003 model locomotives that they already owned.

“The team at Chance Rides helped in developing an affordable plan and following through with three beautiful Locomotives,” Harry Prentice, Assistant Director of Facilities Maintenance for the Toledo Zoo.

The refurbishment process for the locomotives took place over a period of six months and involved a complete disassembly and rebuild to bring the locomotives to Chance’s current production standards. Each refurbished train received a new engine, transmission, axles and rebuilt gearboxes. The entire body was sandblasted and repainted while the brass trim wasstripped, polished and clear powder coated. All brake hardware was repainted and zinc plated.

“After the refurbishment you couldn’t tell the difference between the old trains and the new one,” said Terry Giddeon, customer service for Chance Rides.

The Toledo Zoo is more than just a great value. With a world of animals, from mammoth elephants to tiny  toads, it’s a trip around the world – from the Arctic to Africa – all in one great day. To learn more about the Toledo Zoo visit

Chance Rides, Inc. is a family owned business located in Wichita, Kan. For more information about Chance Rides products, visit

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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