cp-holiday-train-magic-reaches-us-midwest

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<div><b>Contact:</b> Danelle Wettstein</div>
<div><b>Page Content:</b> <p><span lang=EN-CA>The CP Holiday Train is rolling into the U.S. Midwest after a successful journey through the country’s Northeast helping out local food shelves.</span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-CA></span><span lang=EN-CA>The ‘train of lights’, with 14 brightly-decorated rail cars, kicks off its Midwest rolling fundraisers in Gurnee, Illinois on Saturday, December 3<sup>rd</sup>.<span>* </span>Following Gurnee, it will make stops in communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota, ending its three-week journey in Carpio, ND on December 16<sup>th</sup>.</span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-CA></span><span lang=EN-CA>Led by veteran Milwaukee folk rocker Willy Porter, the U.S. Holiday Train kicked off its unique journey across eight states in Rouses Point, New York, on November 25<sup>th</sup>. <span>*</span>The mission: to raise money, food and awareness with everything collected in a community staying in that community for local distribution.</span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-CA></span><span lang=EN-CA>At the same time of the U.S. Holiday Train, a second train, also decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights and featuring live entertainment is moving through six Canadian provinces.<span>* </span>Together, the two trains will visit up to 150 communities.</span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-CA></span><span lang=EN-CA>Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train has travelled more than 6,000 miles, entertaining thousands while raising about $5.6 million and collecting over 2.5 million pounds of food for local food shelf programs.</span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-CA></span><span lang=EN-CA>The 2011 CP Holiday Train schedule, musician bios and other information is on cpr.ca. As well, both Holiday Trains can be followed on <a title="" href="http://www.facebook.com/holidaytrain" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and on Twitter (<a title="" href="http://www.twitter.com/cpholidaytrain" target="_blank">@CPHolidaytrain</a>).</span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-CA></span><b><span lang=EN-CA>Editor’s Notes:</span></b></p>
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<li><b><span lang=EN-CA></span></b><span lang=EN-CA>High-resolution images are available on: <a title="" href="/en/news-and-media/photo-gallery/holiday-train">www.cpr.ca</span><span lang=EN-CA></span></a></span></li>
<li><span lang=EN-CA>Broadcast quality b-roll can be downloaded through CNW Video on Demand: <a title="" href="http://cnw.pathfireondemand.com/viewpackage.action?packageid=498" target="_blank">http://cnw.pathfireondemand.com/viewpackage.action?packageid=498</span><span lang=EN-CA></span></a></span></li>
<li><span lang=EN-CA>MP3 recordings of 2011 Holiday Train music can be downloaded at: <a title="" href="https://www.yousendit.com/download/T2djK3BGSWh0NjhVV01UQwXX" target="_blank">https://www.yousendit.com/download/T2djK3BGSWh0NjhVV01UQwXX</span><b><span lang=EN-CA></span></b></a></span></li></ul>
<p><span><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></span></p>
<p><span>Canadian Train<span>*************************************************************</span>U.S. Train<br></span><span lang=EN-CA>Kevin Hrysak</span><span lang=EN-CA>*<span>***************************************************************</span>Ed Greenberg<br></span><span>403-836-3874 (cell)<span>********************</span><span>********************************</span>612-849-4717 (cell)<br><a href="mailto:Kevin_hrysak@cpr.ca">Kevin_hrysak@cpr.ca</a></span><span lang=EN-CA><span>***************************************************</span><a href="mailto:Ed_greenberg@cpr.ca">Ed_greenberg@cpr.ca</a></span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-CA></span><span lang=EN-CA>*CP Media Line: 1-855-242-3674 (24/7-Toll Free)</span><b><span lang=EN-CA></span></b></p></div>
<div><b>News Release Date:</b> 12/2/2011 12:00 AM</div>
<div><b>Location:</b> Minneapolis, MN</div>
<div><b>News Type:</b> Community</div>
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