The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making a stop in Wauwatosa for the second straight year.
The train will be stopping in Wauwatosa in the early evening of Dec. 6, according to All Aboard for Tosa Cares. The exact time for the event is to be determined and subject to the train schedule.
An estimated crowd of over 10,000 people witnessed the Dec. 4, 2015 train appearance in the Village of Wauwatosa. The train stopped for the first time in Wauwatosa where the tracks meet Harwood Avenue and put on a performance of music and lights that opened the door for a return this year. Prior to 2015, the train was celebrated as it slowed down through the village, but did not come to a complete stop.
For the second straight year the event will benefit Tosa Cares, an all-volunteer organization which collects non-perishable food items, personal care items, clothing and school supplies for distribution to families in need. The group is seeking volunteers to assist them with the event; those interested can sign up to help at tosacares.org. Food drives are being run by Tosa Cares with the assistance of local scout troops both leading up to and on the night of the event.
"For nearly 20 years, CP has watched communities turn out to enjoy a wonderful event while taking a stand against hunger," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's chief executive officer. "We are proud of the role the Holiday Train plays, but more importantly, we're proud of the people and families that come out year after year to help their neighbors. They're the reason we keep bringing the train back."
Food donation items that are frequently requested are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soup, cereal, canned fruits (not in heavy syrup), and vegetables, rice, pasta, and macaroni and cheese. They also accept personal care items such as soap (bar or pump), toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and toilet tissue. Tosa Cares asks that everyone check the expiration date on items before donating them.
CP operates two holiday trains, with approximately 150 shows taking place in November and December. The train that operates primarily through the U.S. will launch in the Montreal area on Nov. 25, while the all-Canada train's first shows will come a day later, also in Montreal. The U.S. train will complete its final shows in Saskatchewan on Dec. 15, and the final show of the tour will take place Dec. 17 at Port Coquitlam, B.C.
The music for the event will be provided by Canadian blues rocker Colin James who is touring in support of his new album and country singer/songwriter Kelly Prescott.
Other Wisconsin stops scheduled for 2016 include Hartland, Milwaukee, La Crosse and Wisconsin Dells.