2011 CP Holiday Train - Making a difference, one stop at a time
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific's cross-country
and cross-border food shelf drive has launched its 13th year of raising
money, food and awareness.
The CP Holiday Train, North America's longest-running rolling
fundraiser, has become an annual holiday tradition for many food
pantries. Two freight trains, both decked out in thousands of feet of
festive lighting, roll into communities on both sides of the border
with entertainers performing from a boxcar that has been converted into
a mobile stage.
The U.S. Holiday Train kicks off its unique journey across eight U.S.
States in the Northeast and Midwest with the first stop at Rouses
Point, New York this evening and then wrapping up at Carpio, North
Dakota on December 16th.
The Canadian train heads out on Sunday, November 27th with communities - large and small - on its route through six
Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has entertained thousands while raising
about $5.6 million and collecting over 2.5 million pounds of food for
local food shelf programs. For many food pantries along the way, this
is their major fundraiser for the next 12 months. In all, the two
specially-decorated trains will visit about 150 communities with
everything collected at each stop staying in that community for local
Bringing holiday cheer and the important message of supporting food
shelves in the United States will be veteran Milwaukee folk-rocker
Willy Porter, along with Nashville country-music recording artist
Sydney Grigg. On the Canadian Holiday Train, crowds will experience
Canadian music legend Valdy. Joining Valdy will be young Ottawa
rockers, Brothers Dube' and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Tracey
The 2011 CP Holiday Train schedule, musician bios and other information
is on cpr.ca. As well, both Holiday Trains can be followed on Facebook and on
Planning for the Holiday Train begins at least seven months prior to the
fundraising kick off. This is a grassroots employee effort. Thousands
of CP workers volunteer for the special fundraising journey every year
- many taking their vacations to work on each train - from train
assembly to operations.
Two Holiday Trains raising awareness and collecting money and donations
for hunger relief, crossing eight US states and six Canadian provinces
for a combined distance of about 10,000 kilometers (approx. 6,000
The two trains will visit close to 150 communities in Canada and the
United States Northeast and Midwest, in addition to many other stops
along the way.
Each Holiday Train is about 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. They are each decorated with hundreds
of thousands of technology-leading LED Christmas lights. Both Holiday
Trains are powered by GE-built 4,400 hp high-performance locomotives
with four diesel generators to power the light systems.
In addition to an even brighter train, this year's Holiday Train program
features an interactive website where you will be able to read stories.
Visit www.cpr.ca . As well, join the Holiday Train on Facebook and follow the two trains
on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain
Since 1999, we've traveled about 100,000 miles on the Holiday Train -
enough to go around the world more than 3 and a half times
It takes 30 "CP elves" 100 days to completely transform and decorate the
Holiday Trains before they start their journey across Canada and the
More than 100,000 lights glimmer across the Holiday Trains in Canada and
CP has donated 40,000 pins to help Food Banks in Canada in the U.S.
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SOURCE Canadian Pacific
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