Every Christmas season since 1999,
Canadian's Pacific festively-decorated
Holiday Train has toured North America in
support of local food banks.
In early December of each year, two
specially-decorated trains cross southern Canada and the
northern United States, collecting food and donations for
Canadian and U.S. food banks. Since its inception, the Holiday
Express program has collected over 800 tons of food and
$3,000,000 (Cdn) in donations. The trains visit over 100
communities, providing holiday entertainment and raising
awareness for the issue of hunger.
While the consist is updated yearly, it typically includes a
late-model GE or EMD road locomotive, several freight cars, and
a specially-modified "stage" car (a converted 50-foot boxcar
with a stage and concert speakers for musical entertainment at
scheduled stops). Two preserved heavyweight business cars from
Canadian Pacific's Royal Canadian car fleet bring up the rear,
to provide quarters for the train's crew and entertainers. The
locomotive and all the cars are covered in thousands of
multi-colored Christmas lights.
For more information about Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train
program, including a gallery of images from over the years,
schedules, routes and how you can get involved,
visit the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train website.
The consist provided in this add-on represents the U.S. holiday
train for the 2002 season.
Locomotive Works is proud to present the Canadian Pacific
Holiday Train model for MSTS.
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