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New Open Air Observation Railroad Car Takes Riders to World’s Longest Zip Line

Durango, CO, USA (June 25, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Traveling on its inaugural journey through the Animas River canyon, the “Knight Sky” open air observation car carried its first passengers to Soaring® Tree Top Adventures’ zipline on June 15, 2012. Knight Sky is the newest addition to the Durango & Silverton Railroad’s train car fleet. The car was commissioned by Soaring owners and given to the Durango Railroad.

Melcher Brothers of Durango, Colorado built the new First Class, open-air observation train car, Knight Sky. This private, open seating car was built with the historic Silver Vista car in mind, with luxurious appointments added.

The Knight Sky train car includes roomy, reclining leather seating, a UV-protected glass paneled roof and large viewing platforms. From mid-June through mid-August, Soaring guests have the option of riding in any of Soaring’s First Class cars: the Tall Timber Legend, theTall Timber Legacy and now the Knight Sky.

With no road access to Soaring’s remote location in the mountains outside of Durango, Colorado, guests arrive at Soaring via the Durango & Silverton Railroad. Soaring guests travel to and from the zipline in Soaring’s private, First Class train cars, which now includes the Knight Sky.

Soaring’s first guests to ride in the Knight Sky were Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa (from the daytime TV show Live! with Kelly) and their family.

Soaring consists of over 34 eco-friendly platforms, with 27 spans ranging from 56-1400 feet. Guests soar over 1.5 miles of cable in old growth forest, through Aspen glens and across the Animas River. Also included is a four-course gourmet lunch served in the trees overlooking the river and an ecology tour that operates in tandem with the zipline.

Soaring has been enjoyed by guests age 4 – 91. For several years, the canopy tour has been rated the #1 Attraction in the United States, Colorado and Durango on, a consumer website for posting unbiased reviews of places visited.

The all-inclusive cost for the 5 1/2 hour zipline adventure, including all equipment, expert Sky Rangerguides, Eco Tour specialists, a four-course gourmet lunch served in the trees and roundtrip train transportation on Soaring’s First Class train cars to this full day of adventure is $449/pp. Advance reservations are required: please call 970-769-2357 or reserve online at

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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