Visiting CP Rail`s Holiday Train
The CP Holiday train is on the move through 150 communities across North America and is an amazing sight to see! Besides the view of the beautifully decorated train, the entertainment get the crowds going in a celebration of giving and community.
Donations of food and cash stay with the local food banks at each stop, accompanied by a cash donation from CP Rail. Since 1999 the Holiday Train has raised $10.6 million and 3.3 million pounds of food for food banks across Canada and the U.S. A focus for this year’s donations were for heart healthy products. May 2015 the Heart and Stroke foundation formed a partnership with CP Rail and the program “CP Has Heart” committed to $3 million over three years to support cardiovascular research with a focus on multi-generational health.
This season CP released 6 seats to the general public for each leg of the Holiday Train journey. The Agrocop Innisfail team was extremely fortunate to acquire tickets for the train running from Red Deer to Innisfail. The team shared in some coloring, hot chocolate, and cookies while waving at many people on the sides of the road waiting to see the train. Each year it stops at the main crossing in town which happens to be at our front door. There was a great turn out with many donations to fill the trucks.
Since the completion on November 7, 1885, CP Rail has been a 130 year lifeline to Canada’s expansion and growth connecting our nation coast to coast. Rail transport is one of the most fuel efficient and fastest ways to move anything through Canada. With the head office located in Calgary Alberta, CP has a strong presence in our western communities not only as a service provider but also as a contributor to charities and education.
Innisfail Alberta sees on average 20-30 trains along the main line daily. Agrocorp cars are loaded and shipped on a weekly basis quickly moving through Calgary and onto Vancouver. Regular service of cars since the October purchase from Central Alberta Transloading has been a great boost to increasing the volume moving through this facility. As of mid-December, we are only 4000mt short of last years’ purchases. With a bin capacity of 2840mt and the relationship with CAT Transport (Jack Dening in-house load coordinator), we have strong assets to keeping our facility full with what needs to ship.