I thought this should be posted. I road the Canadian Christmas Train last year, Only for half a day from the Toronto yards. My hat goes off to the CPR they work hard to provide this special train. Christmas Train More than 100 communities in Canada and U.S. to experience the magic of CPR's Holiday Train October 20, 2005 Calgary, Alberta The CPR Holiday Train, North America's largest food bank fundraiser, will again bring its spirit of giving and its holiday season magic to more than 100 communities in Canada and the United States, as the 2005 Holiday Train schedule was released. Two brightly decorated Holiday Trains – one in Canada, the other in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest - will again be collecting food and money, as well as raising awareness for local food banks. All donations collected in a community remain in that community for distribution. This year, both Holiday Trains will glow even more than previous years, as each train will be decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights to help shine an even brighter focus on this important initiative. "Hunger knows no boundaries or borders, which is why Canadian Pacific Railway considers the Holiday Train such an important initiative to help food banks across both Canada and the United States as they work hard to try to satisfy increasing demands in their own communities," said CPR President and CEO, Rob Ritchie. "The Canadian and U.S. Holiday Trains clearly demonstrate how hunger is a concern in both countries and in every community – large and small." In Canada, the Holiday Train will kick off its cross-country journey on Friday, December 2nd from Beaconsfield, Quebec, near Montreal. Over the next two weeks, the train will stop at more than 60 cities and towns in six provinces, wrapping up the excursion in Port Moody, British Columbia on Saturday, December 17th. In addition to its regular events, the Holiday Train also will make a number of other stops. On board the special train, will be a lineup of Canadian performers who will be entertaining crowds with festive music and cheer, while still shining the spotlight on the serious issue of hunger in the community. At the same time of the Canadian Holiday Train, a second Holiday Train will be stopping at close to 40 communities in the Northeast United States and U.S. Midwest raising awareness and collecting donations for hunger relief in America. Since its launch in 1999, the Holiday Train program has collected close to 378 tons of food and taken in more than $1.9 million CDN for North American food banks. In 2004, 165 tons of foods were collected and $375,000 CDN was donated by concerned Canadians and Americans. CPR also makes cash donations to local food banks in addition to the food and money collected along the way. About the Canadian Association of Food Banks Founded in 1985, the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is the national umbrella organization representing voluntary food charities, including about 250 member food banks. CAFB is the voice of food banks in Canada. Members and their agencies serve approximately 90 per cent of people who use emergency food programs nation-wide. CAFB operates the National Food Sharing System, coordinating the shipment of food donations through voluntary transport to food banks across the country. In addition to food received from the CAFB, food bank members distribute an estimated 150 million pounds of food per year to the less fortunate in their communities. In March 2004, over 800,000 different people accessed food banks, including more than 300,000 children. While CAFB provides food daily for people in need, its ultimate goal is a hunger-free Canada. About Canadian Pacific Railway Canadian Pacific Railway is a transcontinental carrier operating in Canada and the U.S. Its 14,000-mile rail network serves the principal centres of Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver, and the U.S. Northeast and Midwest regions. CPR feeds directly into America's heartland from the East and West coasts. Alliances with other carriers extend its market reach throughout the U.S. and into Mexico. Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions provides logistics and supply chain expertise worldwide. 2005 CPR Holiday Train Schedule-Canada *Schedule is subject to change * All times are local Friday, Dec. 2 Quebec Beaconsfield – 6:30 p.m., Beaconsfield Commuter Station *Rouses Point Junction – 10:45 p.m. (Additional U.S. Train stop), Rouses Point Station Ontario Smith Falls – 10:30 p.m., Smith Falls Train Station, 64 Victoria St. Saturday, Dec. 3 Ontario Carlton Place – 6 p.m., Location to be finalized Almonte – 7:30 p.m., Little Bridge St. *Belleville – 5 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), South Church St. crossing, south of Dundas St. East *Trenton – 6:30 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), RCAF Road crossing, north of 8 Wing Base *Bowmanville – 9 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), parking lot, immediately west of Scugog St. Sunday, Dec. 4 Ontario Pembroke – 12 noon, Albert St. Crossing Mattawa – 5:30 p.m., Old CPR Station North Bay – 8 p.m., Location to be finalized *Toronto – 5 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), Yonge St. Bridge *Hamilton – 8 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park Monday, Dec. 5 Ontario Sudbury – 6 p.m., VIA Train Station, Elgin St. Cartier – 8 p.m., CPR Train Station, 3 Spence St. *Cambridge – 6:30 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), Location to be finalized *Woodstock – 9 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), Location to be finalized Tuesday, Dec. 6 Ontario Chapleau - 5 p.m., CPR Train Station, CPR Train Station, 50 Dufferin St. White River – 9:30 p.m., CPR Train Station, 102 Winnipeg St. *Windsor – 7 p.m., (Additional U.S. Train stop), Location to be finalized Wednesday, Dec. Ontario Mobert – 10 a.m., across from Band Office Heron Bay – 12 noon, Old CPR Train Station, beside Esso Building Marathon – 1:15 p.m., beside Curling Club parking lot, Stevens Ave. Schreiber – 3:45 p.m., CPR Train Station at Cenotaph, beside Harvest Food Cupboard building Nipigon – 6:30 p.m., CPR Yard, 60 Front St., across from Nipigon Inn Thunder Bay – 9:30 p.m., CPR Train Station, 440 Syndicate Avenue Thursday, Dec. 8 Ontario Dryden – 12 noon, CPR Yard Entrance, Queen St. and Earl Ave. Kenora – 4:45 p.m., CPR South Yard, across from Wholesale Store – 8th Ave. entrance Whitemouth – 7:45 p.m., Railway Ave. across from Whitemouth Hotel Manitoba Winnipeg – 9:45 p.m., Molsen St., between Panet Road and Munroe Ave. Friday, Dec. 9 Manitoba Portage La Prairie – 7:30 a.m., 301-3rd St. NE- opposite Centennial Arena Minnedosa – 11:45 a.m., west of CPR Station, south side of yard, 30, 2nd Ave. NW Saskatchewan Bredenbury – 5:45 p.m. CPR Station Wynyard – 10:30 p.m., CPR Station Saturday, Dec. 10 Saskatchewan Saskatoon – 11:30 a.m., CPR Sutherland Yard, 801 Gray Ave Regina – 6 p.m. Taylor Field, stadium parking Lot Moose Jaw – 8:15 p.m., just west of CPR Train Station, 3 Manitoba St. West Sunday, Dec. 11 Saskatchewan Swift Current – 12 noon, just east of CPR Train Station, 3rd St. & North Railway Ave. Alberta Medicine Hat – 5 p.m., just east of CPR Train Station, Queen & North Railway St. Tilley – 7:15 p.m., Location to be finalized Brooks – 8:30 p.m., 1st Ave. behind Civic Building Monday, Dec. 12 Alberta Calgary – 6 p.m., Location to be finalized Tuesday, Dec. 13 Alberta Lethbridge – 9:30 a.m., 2nd Ave. North and 12 St. North, behind Save On Foods. British Columbia Sparwood – 3:45 p.m., 367 Pine St., behind Leisure Centre Fernie – 5:30 p.m., behind CPR Station, 700-1st Ave. Cranbrook – 9 p.m., 1400 block, Theatre Road Wednesday, Dec. 14 British Columbia Radium – 1:30 p.m., Location to be finalized Golden – 5:30 p.m., across from 7-11 Store, 10th Ave. Thursday, Dec. 15 British Columbia Revelstoke – 4:30 p.m., Location to be finalized Sicamous – 6:45 p.m., northwest corner of Highway 1 at Silver Sands Road intersection. Salmon Arm – 8:30 p.m., CPR Train Station, 51 Lake Shore Drive Friday, Dec. 16 British Columbia Notch Hill – 5:30 p.m., west of Tappen-Notch Hill Road crossing Chase – 7 p.m., north side of Shuswap Ave., across from Chase RCMP Detachment Kamloops – 8:45 p.m., east side of Thompson Park Mall, 6th Ave. Saturday, Dec. 17 Saskatchewan (Additional U.S. Holiday Train stops) North Portal – 12 noon, International Border Crossing Estevan – 5:15 p.m., east of CPR Station at vacant lot off 7th St. Weyburn – 7:45 p.m., 512 Railway St. Saturday, Dec. 17 British Columbia North Bend – 12 noon, east of CPR Terminal Agassiz – 4:15 p.m., west of Highway 9, across from Agra Centre, Pioneer Ave. Maple Ridge (Haney) – 6:45 p.m., across from Billy Minor Pub Port Moody - 8:30 p.m., on Queen St. at Clark Ave. Please note: Additional communities are in the process of being confirmed. For the latest Holiday Train news, information, including pictures and route map, check out the 2005 Holiday Train website at: www.cpr.ca/go/holidaytrain Media Contacts: CPR Canadian media U.S. Midwest media Ed Greenberg Laura Baenen (403) 319-3686 (612) 851-5659 (403) 540-8106 (cell) (612) 799-0831 (cell) email: email@example.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org Canadian Association of Food Banks Micky Fraterman (416) 203-9241 ext. 28 email: email@example.com General Inquiries: Please visit www.cpr.ca or call the Community Connect Line at: 1-800-766-7912.