Written by: Cody Wittenmyer

December 2016 Edition

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train (U.S. & Canada)

The Canadian Pacific (Reporting Marks: CP) Holiday Train was started in 1999 and runs from late November into late December. Each train has a boxcar that folds down for a stage for performers and entertainers that travel with the train. The beginning of the train is all boxcars, neatly decorated. Passenger cars follow behind, also in decorative and festival colors. Both trains cover about 150 stops between the U.S. & Canada. Both trains collect canned food and donations to raise awareness of hunger.

Photos taken from www.cpr.ca and I do not take any credit.

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Brief History of the Canadian Pacific Railroad

Dates of Operation: 1881-present (2016) (135+years)

The Canadian Pacific (Reporting Marks: CP) railroad, is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The CP was Canada's first transcontinental railroad built from 1886-1900. 31 years completed after the United States' first transcontinental railroad between the Central Pacific & Union Pacific at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869. The Canadian Pacific's passenger services were cut in 1986, after VIA Rail Canada took over. VIA Rail is the equivalent of the United States' government passenger line known as Amtrak. In 2009, the company acquired two American rail lines: the Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern (DME), & the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern (ICE). Canadian Pacific now has a U.S. headquarters as well, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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