Monday, July 15, 2024

Harold Chance Award Presented to St Louis Zoo


Witchita, KS, USA — The Saint Louis Zoo is celebrating the 50th year of the Zooline Railroad. On April 27th, Larry Breitenstein, from Chance Rides was on hand for their celebration. At the event Larry presented the inaugural Harold Chance Award for Excellence in Train Operation to the St. Louis Zoo president, Dr. Jeffrey Bonner.

Harold Chance founded Chance Rides in 1961 and started producing the C.P. Huntington trains. In 1963, the Saint Louis Zoo purchased the 27th locomotive ever produced at Chance Rides. By the following year they had also purchased numbers 28 and 29 for the operation of their railroad. Fifty years later the Saint Louis Zoo is still operating Chance Rides, C.P. Huntington trains. And the trains are still built to the quality standards instilled in the company by Harold over 50 years ago. Chance Rides chose to honor the Saint Louis Zoo for their dedication to our quality products and the example they set for all other train operators in the market. Thus, the Harold Chance Award for Excellence was created.

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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