Canadian Pacific holiday trains roll through Capital Region

November 27, 2017 12:17 AM

MECHANICVILLE -- If Santa is coming to town he should take a ride on a Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

“They've been doing it for the past few years, this is our first time here,” said Renee Bott of Waterford. 


One of two trains that left Montreal, Quebec this weekend arrived for a stop in Mechanicville Sunday, attracting hundreds of people. 

The trains are bringing holiday cheer and live music to over 180 communities across the U.S. and Canada, while asking spectators to donate food and money to local food banks along the way.

“The Holiday Train is all about raising money, food and awareness for local food banks,” said Andy Cummings, Canadian Pacific spokesman. 

During the Mechanicville stop, Canadian pacific donated $3,500 to the Mechanicville Area Community Services Food Pantry Center, Inc. Food Pantry. 

It is one of many donations they'll make to food banks on each stop.

“In each community we have that partner food bank,” Cummings said. “They know the community best. The interface directly with the people who are in need and who come out for that food.”

“We see 200 families a month come through from our local area through our food pantry,” said Megan Quillinan, Executive Director of the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, Inc. Food Pantry.  “And that's not unique to any pantry in the areas. People really rely on us to help make ends meet,” she said. 

Bott and her husband Brian were among those attending Sunday’s event that helped the food bank keep its shelves full. 

“We saw that it was a food drive, we wanted to come down and see the train and we brought a bag full of food to donate,” Bott said. 

“It's a great cause and a lot of people really need it,” said Brian Bott. “And there's a lot of people out there that really don't ask for it.”

The train also made a stop in Saratoga Springs Sunday evening. 

Canadian singers Jim and Devin Cuddy as well as country music singer, Kelly Prescott, kept the crowds moving and warm. 

Organizers hope this spirit of giving extends well past the holidays 

“It's important during the holiday season and it's important you're around,” Cummings said. 
The Holiday Train program has been running for 19 years.

Over that time they've raised 13 million dollars and four million pounds of food for local food banks.


WNYT Staff

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