|The CP Holiday Train in Meadows, MB by Jack Hykaway|
The 2015 CP Holiday TrainIt was a mild but windy night on Friday night, and I was out early to catch the train coming to its parking spot by Panet Road. I decided to shoot it just east of the highway 59 overpass. I parked close to the scheduled stopping point and walked to the overpass. I looked around a bit and decided to go up on the "shoulder" of the overpass to get a bit of height.
I set up my tripod and started fussing with my camera to lock in the focus in the dark. As I was doing that, my tripod blew over!
I guess it was good that I didn't have my camera on it yet.
I lowered the tripod and kept my leg against it to stabilize it. I was using my 50mm f/1.8 lens because it's the most light sensitive lens I have. I put the lens in manual focus - since it's a prime lens you can't zoom anyway - and the camera in manual mode.
Soon the train came into view and rolled on past my lens.
|The 2015 CP Holiday Train|
Once it passed, I walked back to the main scene. There was quite a large crowd and the performers sounded great. I dropped off my donations to Winnipeg Harvest (a great organization my family and I support) and took some photos.
Here I was using my tripod like a "selfie stick", holding it up over the crowd after setting off the 2 second timer and hoping for the best.
The performers were Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott.
|Canadian Pacific Holiday Train|
There were quite a few people up at the head end, and as usual it was difficult to get a clear shot. The CP Police and other CP personnel were very much in evidence, keeping people from standing between the rails and unfortunately also standing in the shots. I didn't fret too much about it this year.
|CP 2323 and the Holiday Train in Winnipeg|
Jack Hykaway caught it both before and after Winnipeg - in Whitemouth as it rolled on by, and by the Meadows grain elevator Saturday as it headed toward Portage la Prairie. Check out Jack's YouTube videos!
So that was CP. The consist (courtesy of Jesse McLaughlin) was:
- CP 2323 (GP20C-ECO)
- CP Box Car 220305 Lettering Light Car (Canadian)
- CP Box Car 220009 Lettering Light Car (Pacific)
- CP Box Car 220592 Lettering Light Car (Holiday)
- CP Box Car 220219 Lettering Light Car (Train)
- CP Box Car 220127 Decoration Light Design Car
- CP Box Car 220300 Decoration Light Design Car
- CP Converted Box Car (Generator) 220458 Decoration Light Design Car
- CP Box Car 220508 Decoration Light Design Car
- CP Stage Car 42901
- Dominion (ex-CN/VIA Coach)
- Banffshire (Stateroom)
- Killarney (Dining / Observation)
- Van Horne (Lounge / Observation)
The CN Christmas TrainThe CN Christmas train ran from Symington Yard to Waverley Street and back, twice a night at 5 and 7 PM. I didn't get out to see it but Taylor Woolston did, and took some great video of the train at several locations.
CN wins on the power department with E9A CN 103 accompanying CN 5755 and the four VIA coaches (8139, 8144, 8118 and 8116 I'm told). It also had a caboose, Operation Lifesaver CN 77014.
The CN train was only for employees. I understand the CN train is only going to a few locations - Saskatoon and Edmonton, maybe? It is also raising money for charity. Last year it was for the Christmas Cheer Board, an organization my family supports.
Did you get a chance to see the CP or CN holiday trains?
Extra: Check out this super cool drone video of the US Holiday Train.
- CN Christmas train in 2014
- CP Holiday Train in 2014
- Combined US-Canadian Holiday Train in 2014
- CP Holiday Train in 2011