TICONDEROGA - The Canadian Pacific Railway "Holiday Train" will again visit Ticonderoga and Port Henry.
The decorated train is scheduled to stop at the Ticonderoga train station at 4:45 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.
"Christmas will come a little early," Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said, announcing the train's visit. "People really look forward to it."
This will be the fifth year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live concert, will stop in Ti. It has stopped in Port Henry the past four years.
Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick suggests people park at Fort Ticonderoga and take a shuttle bus to the train station. He said there will also be a bus parked at the station so people will have a place to get warm.
This year there will be no parking at the Ti boat launch or in the Fort Ticonderoga overflow lot across from the boat launch.
"We are not letting any vehicles that are going to see the train go down the ferry road, Route 74," Dedrick said. "All holiday train vehicles will have to go to the fort and get bused to the site, except handicapped.
"The train will not be crossing the road and the event will be held entirely on the dirt road owned by the fort where those three houses are located," he continued. "There will be large traffic signs and police officers directing all holiday traffic to the fort. Really, in essence, we are not holding this event on the road at all. We are leaving the road open."
Ticonderoga police will be located at the entrance to Fort Ticonderoga directing traffic, Dedrick said.
International Paper Co. will provide temporary lighting for the area, Dedrick said.
In Port Henry there will be parking at the town hall, Wheelock's, the Knights of Columbus, NuWay Laundry and along Main Street. There will be handicap parking only at the train station. Buses will also transport people from Moriah Central School to and from the train station.
The goal of the "Holiday Train" is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the train provides a box car stage, musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.
"CP Rail does this annual event to promote awareness of people who need help with providing food for their families," said Margaret Beuerlein of the Ti Food pantry. "Everyone attending is asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will go to the Ticonderoga Food Pantry to assist residents of Ticonderoga and Putnam."
Now in its ninth year in North America, Canadian Pacific Railway's two lighted "Holiday Trains" - one in the eastern U.S. and Canada and another in the Midwest - carrying live musical shows performed from boxcar stages in an effort to end hunger.
Since the "Holiday Train" program began in 1999, more than $4 million and 2 million pounds of food have been collected.
In the U.S. Northeast, the "Holiday Train" will embark on its journey Nov. 26 in Scranton, Pa., finishing Nov. 30 in Plattsburgh.
Prescott and Adam Puddington, along with guests Shaun Verreault and Willy Porter, will provide live music at each event stop.
Prescott is Kaylen and Kelly Prescott, a brother and sister duo. They are third-generation musicians and songwriters. As children and grandchildren of performers, they were immersed in touring life. They have performed on the" Holiday Train" in the past.
Puddington is a singer/songwriter from Almonte, Ontario. He grew up listening to the trains rumble through his town and continues to be fascinated by them to this day, as is evident in the lyrics of songs on each of his three solo releases.
Verreault is the lead singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer for Canadian blues rock trio Wide Mouth Mason. WMM have sold hundreds of thousands of albums and toured with bands like AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. His solo music endeavors have taken him to Afghanistan, Greece and the Middle East.
Porter is a songwriter and recording artist who just released How to rob a bank. He has toured with artists as diverse as Jeff Black and Tori Amos.