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The spirit of Christmas

Sixteen years, more than 100,000 miles, nearly $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food donated to local food banks; Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train upholds a Christmas tradition and the spirit of the season as it has since 1999. On its annual journey from Montreal to the Pacific, the U.S. train (there are two trains, one on an all-Candian route, another routed via the D&H and SOO lines) called at Galt this evening. Like a travelling minstrel show, the train stopped long enough to provide the crowd of several hundred people gathered at the Galt station with a rousing concert, and to present the local food bank with a cheque for $7000. An hour later, they packed up and moved on to the next show. And the next, and the next.

If either of these trains come anywhere close to you, come and see the show, bring a donation for the food bank, celebrate the goodness and pass it on.

Peace on earth, good will toward men.

Dashing westward on the Galt Sub. Next stop, Galt.

Flamboro, Ont.

East of Puslinch, Ont.

Crowd-pleaser at Galt.

I'm not sure the old man would approve of the current state of affairs, but I think he'd be proud of the train and wonderful Christmas tradition being honoured at Galt and points west tonight, and for many nights and many miles more. On to the Pacific!

Galt, Ont.

Leaving Galt, next stop, Ayr.

Crossing the Grand; "now dash away, dash away, dash away all."

... but I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight, happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.

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