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Holiday Train rolls into Minnedosa on mission

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is marking 15 years of cross-country cheer.

There are actually a pair of trains that make the journey every year, one in Canada and one in the United States, raising money and collecting food for local food banks.

The Canadian train stopped in Minnedosa last night and was to stop in Shoal Lake this morning, at 9 a.m., with featured performers Melanie Doane and Doc Walker on board.

The American train will also be nearby. It is scheduled to pass through North Dakota into Saskatchewan from Dec. 1719, including stops in Minot, N.D., and Estevan, Sask., before ending its trek in Weyburn, Sask.

Each Holiday Train consists of 14 brightly decorated railcars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers.

For the 15th year, CP’s elves have updated the thousands of LED lights that adorn the sides of both trains with new holiday designs. It takes a team of 30 about 100 days to completely transform and decorate the Holiday Trains before they head out across the continent. Over the past 15 years, it’s estimated that the train has delivered more than a quarter-million candy canes to children.

Since the Holiday Train program first launched in 1999, it has raised $7.4 million and three million pounds of food for local communities. Everything raised in each community stays in that community.

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 4, 2013

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