Milwaukee Road 261 and the CP Holiday Train to reunite in St. Paul

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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train and Milwaukee Road No. 261 appear together in this undated photo.
Jeff Terry
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Union Depot in St. Paul has released plans for December, which includes Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 and a visit by Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train.

The Friends of the 261 and the Union Depot are sponsoring the North Pole Express at the Depot Dec. 4 to 6 and Dec. 10 to 13 with multiple trips each day. Trains will travel a short distance from the loading platform to the east end of the depot property, where a stage will be set up and Santa Claus will board the train to visit with children. At the conclusion of the ride children will be served hot chocolate and cookies in the depot waiting room.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will join No. 261 at the depot on the evening of Dec. 11. CP’s annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, while hosting free holiday concerts along the way. Since 1999, the program has raised nearly $9 million and 3.6 million pounds of food. There are two Holiday Trains decorated with thousands of colorful LEDs and haul a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.

More information on the No. 261 trips are available by visiting the organization's website.

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