Canadian Pacific Holiday Train celebrates a decade of giving

10th Anniversary Canadian Pacific Holiday Train logo. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific Railway)


    CALGARY, Nov. 10 /CNW/ - Now in its tenth year, Canadian Pacific's
brightly decorated Holiday Train will once again collect food and money for
local food banks, raise awareness in the fight against hunger. Starting at the
end of November, Canadian communities will rally together and celebrate the
holiday season with the Holiday Train and to music of 2008 Canadian Country
Music Association (CCMA) Male artist of the year Johnny Reid and country music
hall of famer Tracey Brown.
    "The Holiday Train is North America's largest rolling fundraiser and a
cherished tradition for our employees and the communities where we operate,"
said CP President and CEO Fred Green. "Since 1999, the Holiday Train program
has helped to raise more than $3.56 million and 1.8 million pounds of food and
this year's celebration will help those totals rise."
    "2008 has been a rewarding year for me and I'm excited to end it on such
a positive note, helping to bring awareness to food bank programs across
Canada," said Johnny Reid. " I encourage everyone to bring donations to our
Holiday Train stops and help feed the celebration in your community."
    "Unfortunately hunger is a stubborn problem in our country", says
Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada (formerly the
Canadian Association of Food Banks). "Support from companies like Canadian
Pacific is critical in addressing the short and long term solutions to
reducing hunger. The Holiday Train is a brilliant example of how communities
can draw together, even in challenging economic times, to celebrate the season
and generously support their local food bank. Congratulations on ten years of
community building and food raising."
    Over 70 Canadian cities, towns and villages will experience the Holiday
Train spirit, starting in Montreal on November 29 and concluding in Port Moody
on December 18. In the U.S, a second Holiday Train will visit more than 40
communities from will experience the train of lights.
    At each event, Canadian Pacific provides the train, a box car stage, a
line up of great Canadian music talent and a corporate contribution to the
local food bank. The community, in turn, encouraged to donate foods or funds,
all of which stays in their community.

    About Canadian Pacific:

    Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across
Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, most
fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering
innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe
operation of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we
operate. Come and visit us at www.cpr.ca to see how we can put our ingenuity
to work for you. Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight
services provider for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.Editors please note: For detailed schedules, musicians' biographies and
    photos, a route map and downloadable pictures of the train, visit
    www.cpr.ca and click the Holiday Train icon.



    2008 CP Holiday Train Schedule - Canada

    Schedule is subject to change
    All times are local

    Wednesday, November 26
    Quebec
    (*)Kahnawake (U.S. Train show) - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Mohawk Reserve
    (*)LaColle (U.S. Train show) - 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. - CP Station,
    10 Ste. Marie

    Saturday, November 29
    Quebec
    Beaconsfield- 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. - Beaconsfield Commuter Station

    Sunday, November 30
    Quebec
    Les Cedres - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - CP crossing at Chemin St. Dominique

    Ontario
    Smiths Falls - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Smith Falls Train Station,
    64 Victoria St.

    Monday, December 1
    Ontario
    Perth - 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. - Wilson St. Railroad Crossing, South side
    Belleville - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - South Church St. crossing, south of
    Dundas St. East
    Trenton - 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. - RCAF Road Crossing, North of 8 Wing Base
    (*)Hamilton - 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. (U.S. Train show) - Western Area of
    Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park
    Bowmanville - 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. - Scugog Road Crossing

    Tuesday, December 2
    Ontario
    (*)Cambridge - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. (U.S. Train show) -former Galt Station,
    10 Malcolm St.
    Toronto - 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - 87 Ethel Avenue, adjacent to RONA
    (*) London - 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. (U.S. Train show) - Richmond St. Railway
    Crossing between Oxford and Central.
    Vaughan - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. -Northwest corner of CP Railroad crossing at
    Nashville Road, near the old grain elevator.

    Wednesday, December 3
    Ontario
    Midhurst - 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. - 12 Anne Street North
    Mactier - 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. - Old CP Station
    Parry Sound - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - Museum Train Station, 1 Avenue Rd.
    Shawanaga - 6:30 to 6:50 p.m. - near Band office beside Railroad Crossing
    at Village Road
    (*) Windsor - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. (U.S. Train show) - CP Rail Yard at Erie
    St. W and Janette St.
    Sudbury - 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. - VIA Train Station, Elgin St.

    Thursday, December 4
    Ontario
    Cartier - 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. - CP Train Station, 3 Spence St.
    Chapleau - 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. - CP Train Station, 50 Dufferin St.
    White River - 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. - CP Train Station, 102 Winnipeg St.

    Friday, December 5
    Ontario
    Mobert - 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. - across from Band Office
    Heron Bay - 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon - old CP Train Station, beside Esso
    Building
    Marathon - 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. - beside Curling Club parking lot,
    Stevens Ave.
    Schreiber - 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. - CP Yard at Cenotaph, beside Harvest Food
    Cupboard building
    Nipigon - 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - CP Yard, across from Nipigon Inn,
    60 Front Street
    Thunder Bay - 9:45  to 10:15 p.m. - CP Train Station,
    440 Syndicate Avenue

    Saturday, December 6
    Ontario
    Ignace - 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. - CP Train Station
    Dryden - 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. - CP Yard Entrance, Queen St. and Earl Ave.
    Kenora - 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. - CP Old South Yard, across from Wholesale
    Store - 8th Ave. entrance

    Manitoba
    Whitemouth - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - Railway Ave. across from Whitemouth
    Hotel

    Sunday, December 7
    Manitoba
    Winnipeg - 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Molson St., between Panet Road and
    Munroe Ave.
    Portage La Prairie - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - 301-3rd St. NE. - opposite
    Centennial Arena
    Brandon - 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. - across from the CP Station, 1000
    Assiniboine Avenue

    Monday, December 8
    Saskatchewan
    Broadview - 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. CP Train Station, 1 Railway Ave.
    Indian Head - 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - north side of Indian Head Siding
    between section buildings and Highway 56 crossing
    Regina - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - Taylor Field, Stadium parking Lot
    Moose Jaw - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - west of CP Train Station,
    3 Manitoba St. West

    Tuesday, December 9
    Saskatchewan
    Swift Current - noon to 12:30 p.m. - just east of CP Train Station,
    3rd St. & North Railway Ave.
    Maple Creek - 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. - CP TMS Facility on Pacific Avenue

    Alberta
    Medicine Hat - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - just east of CP Train Station, Queen &
    North Railway St.
    Tilley - 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. - Southeast side of crossing at Highway 877
    Brooks - 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. - 1st Ave. behind Civic Building

    Thursday, December 11
    Alberta
    Lacombe - 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. - East side of the tracks between 46 Ave. &
    Highway 2A
    Ponoka - 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. - 50th St. and 47th Ave.
    Hobbema - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - East side of the main CP crossing in
    Hobbema, at intersection of Highway 611 and Highway 2A
    Leduc - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Extra Foods, 3915 50th Ave.

    Friday, December 12
    Alberta
    Josephburg - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - Moyer Recreational Centre, 54596 RR215
    Edmonton - 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. - North of the Edmonton CP station,
    7935 Gateway Blvd.

    Saturday, December 13
    Alberta
    Red Deer - 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. - CP Rail Yard adjacent to the
    Administration Building, 6867 Edgar Industrial Drive
    Didsbury - 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. - 19th St. and 18th Ave.
    Airdrie - 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. -Nose Creek Park
    Calgary - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Sunny Side Nursery parking lot, 3439
    69th St NW

    Sunday, December 14
    Alberta
    Cochrane - 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - between River Ave. and 4th St., behind
    Provincial Building
    Canmore - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Railway pedestrian crossing behind Sobeys
    Banff - 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. - Banff CP Station

    Monday, December 15
    British Columbia
    Golden - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - across from 7-11 Store, 10th Ave.
    Revelstoke - 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Victoria Road adjacent to CP parking lot

    Tuesday, December 16
    British Columbia
    Sicamous - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - northwest corner of Highway 1 at Silver
    Sand Road intersection, east of Draw Bridge
    Salmon Arm - 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., Lordco parking lot, 51 Lake Shore
    Drive NE
    Notch Hill - 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., Davies Road - Notch Hill Road Crossing
    across from Notch Hill Hall, 1639 Notch Hill Rd.

    Wednesday, December 17
    British Columbia
    Chase - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - north side of Shuswap Ave., across from Chase
    RCMP Detachment
    Kamloops - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. - North side of Interior Savings on
    Lorne Street.

    Thursday, December 18
    British Columbia
    Ashcroft - 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. - in area of CP facility on Railway Ave.
    Lytton - 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - in area of CP facility on Station Road
    North Bend - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - east of CP Terminal
    (xx)Saskatchewan (U.S. Holiday Train Shows)
    North Portal - noon to 12:30 p.m. - Town Centre
    Estevan - 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. - east of CP Station at vacant lot off
    7th St.
    Weyburn - 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. - 512 Railway St.

    Friday, December 19
    British Columbia
    Agassiz - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - west of Highway 9, across from Agra Centre,
    Pioneer Ave.
    Maple Ridge - 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. - across from Billy Minor Pub
    Port Moody - 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. - on Queen St. at Clark Ave.

    Please note: Additional communities are in the process of being
    confirmed.



                 Backgrounder: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

    -   The Holiday Train Program began in 1999 with a handful of communities
        and a few lights on a freight train. Today, with its hundreds of
        thousands of festive lights and a live show featuring well known
        performers, it's one of Canadian Pacific's main ambassadors in
        working with communities in Canada and the United States and is the
        only fundraiser of its kind for food banks in North America.

    -   Planning for the Holiday Train each year begins at least seven months
        prior to the fundraising kick off.

    -   The Holiday Train requires more than a thousand employee volunteers -
        from train assembly, to light design, to event production and
        security, to safety and planning compliance, to operations. This
        includes most of our terminals and offices, where local employees
        plan food drives to coordinate with the arrival of the train.

    -   Since its launch in 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised over
        $3.56 million and more than to 1.8 million pounds of food for
        North American food banks. All donations collected in a community
        remain in that community for local distribution.

    -   In 2007, more than $600,000 and 316,000 pounds of food were
        raised by concerned Canadians and Americans.

    2008 Holiday Train

    -   Two Holiday Trains raising awareness and collecting money and
        donations for hunger relief, crossing seven U.S. states and six
        Canadian provinces for a combined distance of approximately 10,400
        kilometers (6,500 miles).

    -   This year, the two trains will visit more than 125 communities in
        Canada and the United States Northeast and Midwest, in addition to
        many other short stops along the way.

    -   Each Holiday Train is about 305 meters (1,000 feet) in length with 14
        decorated rail cars, including a modified box car that has been
        turned into a traveling stage for performers. The two trains are
        assembled and decorated by CP employees in Montreal, Smiths Falls,
        Chicago and Calgary.

    -   The U.S. and Canadian Holiday Trains are each decorated with hundreds
        of thousands of energy efficient LED lights. Both Holiday Trains are
        powered by GE-built 4,400 hp high-performance locomotives, with four
        additional diesel generators to power the light systems.

    -   Joining the 2008 Holiday Train in Canada is 2008 Canadian Country
        Music Association Male artist of the year, Johnny Reid. Reid will be
        joined by Holiday Train favourite and Country Music Hall of Fame
        performer Tracey Brown, who recently released her second solo CD,
        "Alone." The US Holiday Train will be graced with the presence of
        Juno award winning singer songwriter Melanie Doane and Canadian blues
        rocker Shaun Verreault, of Wide Mouth Mason fame.

    -   The 30-minute live musical presentations are FREE - all that's asked
        is that guests bring non-perishable foodstuffs for their local food
        banks.

    -   In celebration of a decade of raising food, funds and awareness for
        the needy across North America, Canadian Pacific has produced a
        special anniversary CD/DVD featuring sights and sounds of the Holiday
        Train. This special CD/DVD will only be available for purchase at a
        Holiday Train event in your community.


    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/
For further information: Breanne Feigel, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Pacific, (403) 589-6949, breanne_feigel@cpr.ca; or Mike LoVecchio,
Senior Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Pacific, (778) 772-9636,
mike_lovecchio@cpr.ca