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Holiday Train stops in Alexandria

Alexandria was once again been selected as a stop in the Canadian Pacific's "Holiday Train" tour.

The Holiday Train - a magical train of lights - rolled into Alexandria on Monday, December 15 at about 1 p.m. As was the case last year, it stopped at the 8th Avenue East railroad crossing by Hubbard Feed Mill at 8th and Nokomis Street.

For the 10th straight year, the Holiday Train collected food and money, as well as raised awareness in the fight against hunger.

All the food and money collected at the Alexandria stop will benefit the Outreach Food Shelf.

The trains - the largest rolling fundraiser of its kind - will stop in more than 110 communities in Canada and the United States.

Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 decorated rail cars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.

Each year, in addition to the official stops, the Holiday Train holds mini-performances in many of the communities along its route.

Bringing holiday cheer as well as the important message of supporting food banks are Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame members, Tracey Brown and Johnny Reid, along with Juno award-winning singer and song writer, Melanie Doane and blues rocker, Shaun Verreault, of Wide Mouth Mason fame.

History of the train

The Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) 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 Christmas lights and a live show featuring well-known performers, it's one of CPR'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 begins at least seven months prior to the fundraising kick off.

Hundreds of CPR employees volunteer for the special fundraising journey every year - many taking their vacations to work on each train.

Since its launch in 1999, the Holiday Train program has helped to raise more than $3.5 million and 1.8 million pounds of food.

All donations collected in a community remain in that community for local distribution.

About the CPR

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.

CPR people are the key to delivering innovative transportation solutions to its customers and to ensuring the safe operation of its trains through more than 900 communities where it operates.

Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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