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Holiday Train arrives in Macleod on Sunday

The CP Holiday Train will be in Fort Macleod at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Fifth Avenue crossing behind F.P. Walshe school

The CP Holiday Train rolls into Fort Macleod on Sunday, Dec. 11.
The train and its performers will stop at 9:15 a.m., clear of level railway crossing on Fifth Avenue, behind F.P. Walshe school.
Residents are encouraged to turn out to enjoy the entertainment from a stage on one of the boxcars.
People are also urged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Fort Macleod.
Hand In Hand Out of School Care will be open to allow people to warm up in the event of inclement weather.
The Holiday Train, known as the “train of lights,” began its western Canadian journey Saturday in Whitemouth, Man. and continues through Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C., finishing in Port Moody, B.C. on Dec. 17.
The Holiday Train spirit is in high gear. Valdy has been lighting up the stage along with the Brothers Dube and Tracy Brown, entertaining thousands of food bank supporters who have come out with cash or food donations.
The food bank fund-raiser begins its unique trek across Canada and the U.S. midwest and northeast the last weekend of November in its cross-border mission to feed communities.
For the 13th year, two specially decorated freight trains will launch their unique journeys across six Canadian provinces and eight U.S. states.
The U.S. Holiday Train starts on Friday, Nov. 25 while the Canadian train will begin its cross-country trek on Sunday, Nov. 27.
Each Holiday Train has 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of festive lights.
Included is a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers.
About 150 cities and towns on both sides of the border will be able to join the Holiday Train spirit and magic, with all the food and money raised at each stop staying in that community for local distribution.
Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program has raised $5.6-million and generated close to 2.5-million pounds of food donations for local food shelves.
The Holiday Train last stopped in Fort Macleod in 2009.
Following its Fort Macleod stop, the Holiday Train heads to Pincher Creek for an 11:05 a.m. stop at the railway crossing just north of Highway 6 on Highway 3, next to Husky gas station at Pincher Station.
Then the train moves on to Coleman for a 1:05 p.m. stop east of the railway crossing, south of 17th Ave. between 69th and 70th streets.

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