Call it waiting on a train. Representatives from the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) and the Missanabie Cree First Nation (MCFN) will join local residents in the Dubreuilville-Franz region of Northern Ontario to greet the westward CP Holiday Train at an evening stop on November 30th. Since 1999, these specially-lit trains have travelled the CP Rail network in Canada and the US raising food & funds for local food banks. At each stop, acclaimed musical artists perform a mini-concert from a boxcar modified to open into a stage. For more information on the CP Holiday Train see the Railswestern.com post CP TRAIN – 2017.
In their support for the CP Rail food drive and rail transportation across Northern Ontario, CAPT and MCFN are being present in the effort to return passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, which stopped in July 2015. That route, owned by CN Rail but commonly-referred to as the Algoma Central Railway or ACR line, travels thru the traditional territory of the Missanabie Cree, who plan to operate a re-started passenger service as the “Mask-wa Oo-ta-ban” or “Bear Train”. Previous logos for the ACR included a black bear. A link to MCFN’s initiative can be found at BEAR TRAIN. For further info on the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains, see the link ALGOMA TRAINS.
The Dubreuilville-Franz stop of the CP Holiday Train will happen at 6:20 pm this Thursday at mile 77.98 on the CP line, a distance some 14 km north-east of Dubreuilville, and south-east of Franz. Signs to the event will posted along with a flashing directional light. Hot beverages will also be provided by local businesses for those that come out to hear the music of Colin James and Emma-Lea. While accessible by highway, the town of Dubreuilville is 184 rail miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, with Franz at 195 miles. Franz is a junction point between the north-south CN and east-west CP lines. The following is a rail map of the area:
Following the half-hour musical stop in Dubreuilville-Franz, the CP Holiday Train will head westward to White River that night. The next day it continues its journey to Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, Manitoba, by December 2nd, with multiple stops en route.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)