Holiday on wheels: Holiday Train to roll into North Iowa

MASON CITY | The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train looks to get North Iowa in the holiday spirit.

The Holiday Train will chug into Mason City on Dec. 6, rocking for the season and raising money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues.

CP will kick off the Holiday Train Nov. 27 and 28 with two trains beginning in Montreal, traveling through the U.S. and Canada, bringing holiday cheer to 182 communities along CP’s network.

The train is scheduled to arrive in Mason City at 7:45 p.m. at the CP railroad yard, 904 S. Pennsylvania Ave. The event runs from 8-8:30 p.m. with entertainment from Canadian artists Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott.

The Holiday Train engines, GP20C 2200 series originally built in 1957, were rebuilt in 2013 to pull the trains. Each locomotive has 2000 horsepower, is 56.02 feet in length and weighs 275,000 pounds.

The Holiday Train will partner with Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City. The events are free and attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable items or cash donations for the food drive. All donations will stay with the food bank.

Since 1999, CP has raised more than 4 million pounds of food for North American food banks through the Holiday Train program.

This is the 19th year for the CP Holiday Trains. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​They visit approximately 150 communities throughout the Christmas season to raise food and cash donations for food banks in North America.

The train is also scheduled to stop in Charles City at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8, at the intersection of Main Street and Grand Avenue.

People are encouraged to follow the train on social media. For more information on the CP Holiday Train visit www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states, or find it on Facebook.

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