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CP releases 2013 Holiday Train schedule for 15th anniversary

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(CNW) Canadian Pacific (CP) released the schedule for the 15th year of the Holiday Train Oct. 11.


The schedule, available on CP’s website at www.cpr.ca and on CP’s Facebook page, outlines plans for the ‘train of lights’ to partner with communities in raising food and money for local food banks.
The 2013 CP Holiday Train program launches Nov. 25 in Kahnawake, Quebec, formally kicking off the three-week journey of two brightly-decorated trains across Canada and the United States with its first U.S stop in Scranton, PA.
The Canadian train will wrap up its journey Dec. 16 in Port Coquitlam, B.C., while the U.S. train will journey across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest before its final show Dec. 19 in Weyburn.
Since the Holiday Train program first launched in 1999, it has raised $7.4 million and three million pounds of food for local communities.
Musicians travelling aboard the trains will play more than 150 free concerts from their boxcar stage. CP asks attendees bring a non-perishable food or cash donation, and all donations stay with the food shelf in the community where they’re donated. Items such as infant formula, canned meats, and spaghetti sauce are in particular demand for the millions of North Americans who turn to food banks each month.
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.
This year’s holiday Train steams through southwest Saskatchewan and southeast Alberta on Dec. 6. Amongst the performers scheduled include Melanie Doane, Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo), Doc Walker, Brothers Dube, Matt Dusk and Crystal Shawanda.
Following is the schedule:
• Swift Current — 11:30 a.m. 3rd St. and North Railway, East of CP Station;
• Maple Creek — 2:30 p.m. CP TMS Shack, Pacific Ave.;
• Medicine Hat — 5 p.m. Queen and North Railway St, east of CP station;
• Tilley —  7:15 p.m. southeast side of crossing at Highway 876;
• Brooks — 8:45 p.m. 1st Ave, rear of Civic building.

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