DM&E joins CP Holiday Train in a decade of giving
(Canadian Pacific Railway issued the following on November 10.)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Food banks in more than 100 North American communities will be front and center when Canadian Pacific's tenth annual Holiday Train gets underway. A brightly decorated CP train will collect food and money for local food banks, raise awareness in the fight against hunger and, help communities across CP's newly expanded network celebrate the holiday season.
"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. "We're especially pleased to welcome employees and communities throughout our newly acquired DM&E territory, helping us feed the celebration."
Bringing holiday cheer and an important message supporting food banks are Juno award-winning singer songwriter Melanie Doane and blues rocker Shaun Verreault, of Wide Mouth Mason fame. Their live 30 minute performances are free at each event. In return, non-perishable food items or a cash donation in support of the local food charity are requested.
"I'm excited to headline the Holiday Train and bring awareness to food bank programs across the United States," said singer songwriter Melanie Doane. "I encourage everyone to bring donations to our Holiday Train stops and help feed the celebration in your community."
Over 40 American cities, towns and villages will experience the Holiday Train spirit, starting in Scranton, PA on November 28 and concluding in Carpio, ND on December 17. For the first time this year, the Holiday Train will visit communities in Iowa and additional communities in Minnesota and Illinois in CP's newly acquired DM&E and IC&E territories.
The CP Holiday Train achieves a milestone this year, celebrating a decade-long message of hope and community support. Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has helped to raise more than $3.5 million and 1.8 million pounds of food.
"The Holiday Train event has become our largest fundraiser," said Michelle Rageth, Director of the Friends in Need Food Shelf in Cottage Grove, MN. "We serve over 15,000 people each year and we would not be able to do that without the amazing support of Canadian Pacific and our wonderful community. The Holiday Train brings together local businesses, schools, churches, local government, and the general public in a mutual celebration. We are so very grateful to all who come out and support the Train and Friends in Need."
At each event, Canadian Pacific provides the train, a box car stage, musical entertainment and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. Every donation collected in a community remains in that community for local distribution.
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
Schedule is subject to change
All times are local
Wednesday, Nov. 26
Rouses Point - 11:00 to 11:30 p.m., Rouses Point Station
Friday, November 28
Scranton - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Steamtown Railroad Museum, Lackawanna Ave.
Binghamton - 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. - CP East Binghamton Rail Yard, Conklin
Saturday, November 29
Oneonta - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - Gas Avenue Railroad Crossing.
Cobleskill - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Cobleskill Fire Department, 610 Main
Delanson - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing.
Sunday, November 30
Saratoga Springs - 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. - Amtrak Station.
Fort Edward - 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. - Amtrak Station.
Whitehall - 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Amtrak Station.
Ticonderoga - 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. - Pell's Crossing, Amtrak Waiting Area,
Route 74 (Fort Ti Road).
Port Henry - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Amtrak Station, West side stop.
Plattsburgh - 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. - Amtrak Station.
Friday, December 5
Pingree Grove - 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. - TBA
Savanna - 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. - TBA
Clinton - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - TBA
Davenport - 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. - TBA
Muscatine - 10:15 to 10:45 p.m. - TBA
Saturday, December 6
Bellevue - 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. - TBA
Dubuque - 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. - TBA
Guttenberg - 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - TBA
Marquette - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. - TBA
Lansing - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - TBA
La Crescent - 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. - TBA
Tuesday, December 9
Gurnee - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - 4460 Old Grand Avenue, Viking Middle School
Sturtevant - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. - Amtrak depot, 9900 E. Exploration Ct.
Hartland - 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. - Parking lot adjacent to Cottonwood Ave.
and Pawling Ave.
Wednesday, December 10
Portage - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Amtrak Station, 400 West Oneida St.
Wisconsin Dells - 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Amtrak Depot, 100 La Crosse St.
Mauston - 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Division Street Railway Crossing
Sparta - 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. - Corner of S. Water St. and Milwaukee St.
(South side of the CP tracks.)
Thursday, December 11
La Crosse - 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - Amtrak Station, 601 Saint Andrew St.
Winona - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. - Amtrak Station, 65 East Mark St.
Wabasha - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Gambie Avenue Railroad Crossing near
Lake City - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - Hearth & Home Technologies, 800 West
Friday, December 12
Hastings - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - CP Depot, 500 East Second St.
Cottage Grove - 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. - West Point Douglas Road, South of
Seiben Bridge in front of the Youth Service Bureau.
St. Paul - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Upper level of Central Parking System ramp
at Broadway & Kellogg in Lowertown.
Minneapolis (Shoreham) - 9:30 to 10 p.m. - CP Shoreham Yard, 2800
Central Ave. NE
Sunday, December 14
Loretto - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Hennepin County Road 19 Railroad
Buffalo - 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. - 612 NE Third Ave., behind McDonald's on
Annandale - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - West side of downtown park over Oak
Avenue Railroad Crossing.
Kimball - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - TBA
Monday, December 15
Alexandria - 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. - Eighth Avenue East Railroad Crossing by
Hubbard Feed Mill at 8th & Nokomis.
Detroit Lakes - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Holmes Street railroad crossing near
the Holmes Community Center, 826 Summit.
Thief River Falls - 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. - CP Depot/City Hall, 2017
Highway 59 SE.
Tuesday, December 16
Elbow Lake - 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing.
Hankinson - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. - American Legion Parking Lot, 122 1st St.
(Main St. Xing north side of track).
Enderlin - 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. - CPR depot, 101 Harvest Lane.
Wednesday, December 17
Harvey - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - CP Depot, 600 Lincoln Ave.
Minot - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing.
Carpio - 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. - Main Street Railroad Crossing.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008