Scott Snell for CPR
November 18, 2008
SCRANTON, PA – The musicians have been chosen, the whistle stops selected and the lights soon will be hung on the boxcars with care for Canadian Pacific Railway's U.S. Holiday Train and its goodwill journey for food shelves across the U.S. Northeast.
In the U.S. Northeast, the Holiday Train will embark on its journey November 26 in Rouses Point, New York finishing November 30 in Plattsburgh, New York where it continues on to Southern Ontario and the U.S. Midwest. Entertainers on this train include Shaun Verreault, best known as the virtuosic singer/guitarist/song-writer for blues-rockers and Canadian live favorites Wide Mouth Mason, and Juno award-winning singer and songwriter Melanie Doane. The Holiday Train will visit northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday, November 28 at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and visitors are advised to plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. The train will then depart Scranton for Binghamton, New York on the former Lackawanna Railroad's mainline, expecting to cross the historic Tunkhannock Viaduct between 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Now in its tenth year of operation, the program has raised more than $3.6 million and 1.8 million pounds of food since the first Holiday Train ran in 1999. Thousands of people gather trackside at depots, railroad crossings and other unusual venues along CPR's route to enjoy the arrival of the brightly decorated trains lighting up the winter nights. The musicians, who ride in private vintage cars at the end of the 12-car train, hop out and climb aboard a boxcar in the middle of the train that opens to reveal a stage where they perform live holiday concerts and invite crowds to sing along. Holiday Train visitors are encouraged to donate money and/or nonperishable food items which, in the Scranton area, go directly to the UnitedNeighborhoodCenter. Additionally, the Canadian Pacific will present a check at each stop.
From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway) to Lackawanna Avenue, and follow the signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues; remember to plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to show time! For additional information, entertainer bios and digital images, visit the Holiday Train page at www.cpr.ca.
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