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Holiday Train on track for Dec. 12

Holiday Train on track for Dec. 12
By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
November 29, 2023
November 29, 2023
The CPKC Holiday Train will make stops in Pincher Station and Coleman on Dec. 12. Santa will be on board with donations for local food banks.
The CPKC Holiday Train will make stops in Pincher Station and Coleman on Dec. 12. Santa will be on board with donations for local food banks.
IMAGE: Shannon Peace
The Holiday Train passing through Frank Slide on its southern Alberta swing in 2017.
IMAGE: Shannon Peace
The Holiday Train passing through Frank Slide on its southern Alberta swing in 2017.

Just a few last-minute details to work through and then it’ll be all systems go for a morning visit from the CPKC Holiday Train on Dec. 12 at Pincher Station.

“Things are coming along very well from an organizational point of view and we’re really looking forward to the arrival of the train at 10:35,” says committee member Alice Wagenaar. 

“We have a couple of good musicians that will perform from the train, and it’s the first time in four years, so we’re excited. It’s going to be a fun event.”

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the festive locomotive’s trip across the country.

“We will have hot chocolate at the event and Santa Claus will make an appearance,” fellow committee member Rose Murfin adds. “We could still use a couple of volunteers.”

While RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services will handle traffic on the roadway, the group is looking for one or two bodies, with some traffic control knowledge, to help with on-site parking.

 

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If you can lend a hand, email Rose at rmurfin@gmail.com.

Speaking of parking …

“We’re asking anyone coming down to arrive between 10 and 10:20. Give yourself time to park and gather by the train,” Alice suggests. 

“And, with this event being a fundraiser for our food bank, if you’re able to make a donation of a non-perishable food item, or a cash donation, there will be someone there to collect it.”

A 30-minute show featuring former Calgarian Kiesza and Vancouverite Tyler Shaw will begin on the rail-car stage at 10:45 before it moves west to its next stop in Crowsnest Pass. 

The train is expected to arrive in Coleman at 12:40 p.m., stopping on the railway crossing south of 17th Avenue between 69th and 70th streets, for a 12:45 concert start.

 

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Downhill skier catches air on ad inviting skiers to stop at Miner's Mercantile in Beaver Mines on their way to the Castle Mountain ski hill.

 

Just a few last-minute details to work through and then it’ll be all systems go for a morning visit from the CPKC Holiday Train on Dec. 12 at Pincher Station.

“Things are coming along very well from an organizational point of view and we’re really looking forward to the arrival of the train at 10:35,” says committee member Alice Wagenaar. 

“We have a couple of good musicians that will perform from the train, and it’s the first time in four years, so we’re excited. It’s going to be a fun event.”

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the festive locomotive’s trip across the country.

“We will have hot chocolate at the event and Santa Claus will make an appearance,” fellow committee member Rose Murfin adds. “We could still use a couple of volunteers.”

While RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services will handle traffic on the roadway, the group is looking for one or two bodies, with some traffic control knowledge, to help with on-site parking.

 

Shelves of bottled liquor in an ad for Town & Country Liquor Store in Pincher Creek

 

If you can lend a hand, email Rose at rmurfin@gmail.com.

Speaking of parking …

“We’re asking anyone coming down to arrive between 10 and 10:20. Give yourself time to park and gather by the train,” Alice suggests. 

“And, with this event being a fundraiser for our food bank, if you’re able to make a donation of a non-perishable food item, or a cash donation, there will be someone there to collect it.”

A 30-minute show featuring former Calgarian Kiesza and Vancouverite Tyler Shaw will begin on the rail-car stage at 10:45 before it moves west to its next stop in Crowsnest Pass. 

The train is expected to arrive in Coleman at 12:40 p.m., stopping on the railway crossing south of 17th Avenue between 69th and 70th streets, for a 12:45 concert start.

 

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