Last night I had an awesome time on the second CP Holiday Train. There were lots of lights and I enjoyed the ride a lot.
On the ride they handed out cookies and hot chocolate. We also passed a freight train on the ride. It was loooooonnng! There were lots of people watching the holiday train. Out the window we could see people waving and we waved back. There was even a man standing on a garbage can, video taping the train go by. It made me feel like I was a movie star walking onto the stage. When the ride ended there was a huge crowd. Thousands of people came out to watch the train's band. This year the band was Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott. They played nice songs and we danced to the music.
And I even gave Santa a fist bump!
When it was over we went to our car, then came back with the 9 bags of food we collected on our street.
I hope the food goes to people who really need it and gives them a bit of a happier holiday.
Thank you to everyone who donated food to me and the Daily Bread Food Bank. And thanks to CP for making this happen.
Hey again. I've been collecting food up and down my street and now I've already got all these bags of food to donate to the Daily Bread Foodbank, when the CP Holiday Train visits Toronto.
CP would like you to bring heart healthy food to the food bank to donate. People have heart disease and we're trying to cure it by giving them good food. Here's a list of heart healthy food you can donate when you visit the Holiday Train.
I am excited to be riding on the Holiday Train for my second time. I think I'll have as much fun as the first time. Here's a photo from my ride last year.
CP is having a photo contest. Five lucky winners each get tickets to ride on the Holiday Train. All you have to do is post photos of the CP Holiday Train. Here's a link to the contest.
Maybe I'll see you on the train!
On Monday I went to the Daily Bread Food Bank on a tour. I was showed around by Tyra. We looked at lots of different stuff.
First we walked down the hall and saw people sorting all different kinds of food including juice, carrots, fish, onions and other stuff like that.
We went because the CP Holiday Train is coming up and we were looking at what to donate. Here is what the food bank needs the most:
The food bank sends trucks to pick up the food from different stores and firehalls and even malls. They sort it and they put it into big boxes and they send it to other foodbanks around. While we were there we saw people picking up and dropping off food. The food bank also cooks some of the food. The main chef's name is Onu and he is a pretty good chef. He cooks a lot of food and then it gets shipped out.
There are lots of families who need food. I didn't know how many families there were who used the food bank but we'll try our best to help them. I'm going to collect food like I do every year and bring it to the Holiday Train. You can too and you can bring it to the Holiday Train or you can bring it to your local food bank.
130 years ago today the last spike was planted in the ground of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was on November 7th, 1885 at 9:22 am in Craigellach, British Columbia. CP says the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was put into the ground by the CPR railroad financier Donald Smith. They were 6 years ahead of schedule. I am surprised that CP was 6 years ahead of schedule and it's still going to be 8 years until the crosstown subway is going to be finished in Toronto. Today I am thinking of people who died building the railway.
The last spike was made of iron. Even though the track was finished, the CPR didn't open until June 1886 because there was still work to do other than the track. The CPR was built to connect Canada from east to west and we're lucky they did that. You can read more about the last spike on CP's website. Here's the link:
The holiday train is coming up soon and I am super excited.
I am going to go up and down my street again asking for food donations. We do this every year to collect food for the food bank. This year I will be donating the food to the CP Holiday Train that collects food and donations and brings then to the food bank. I will be visiting the Daily Bread Food Bank next week, so stay tuned for more on that. If you're collecting too, CP has some colouring and activity sheets that you can colour. Here is a link so you can print them out:
The train will be coming from Quebec and it will go across the country and be stopping at lots of places along the way. Look here for the details:
If you want, you can come out to see the band play. I really liked the band last year, called The Odds, and I hope this year's is as good.
If you're coming out to see the train, you can tape one of the colouring pages to the bag or box of food you're going to donate and that will make it look nice. I have to go work on mine right now.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has launched!
It's on it's way across Canada to Toronto and I will be riding on it for part of the trip.
The Holiday Train is a nicely decorated train that travels across the country collecting donations for food banks.
Last year I collected a lot of food from my street and I'm going to do that this year too.
The train stops along its way and there's different bands that plays music for people who come out to see the train.
Last year I thought the band I saw was a good band and I liked what they were playing.
The Holiday Train is special to me because not many people get to ride on it and it brings people together to see the trains lights and the band that plays and it's doing nice things for people by collecting food.
If you want you can come out to see the band play too.
You can see the Holiday Train schedule here:
We had a very fun last week at the cottage. On the third day we went on a 2 hour trip looking at all the tracks around the area. We saw 3 tracks and they were all CP.
But we didn't see any trains. We did see a light maintenance vehicle. On the last day we went to the Wilkinson crossing one last time and we saw our last train there ever. It was a big, long CP freight train. I felt sad and happy. Happy because we saw the train and sad because we were leaving.
I miss the cottage and all the tracks around it. I hope we will discover more tracks soon.
This will be my last weekend EVER at my cottage. It's sold. I am sad to say goodbye. I am also sad to say goodbye to Wilkinson, the first rail crossing I've ever seen.
But there are other train crossings around and I can see them any time.
I can visit them in Toronto. I am starting school this week and even though I don't cross train tracks on my way to school lots of kids do.
That's why CP is starting a new campaign that's called See Tracks, Think Train.
That means stay aware of crossings and trains all the way to school if you're crossing the tracks. What I'm trying to say is, be safe around the tracks.
CP is asking kids and parents to take the Rail Safety Pledge. It's a promise to take the safest route all the way to school and back.
When I'm around tracks I'm going to be careful and cautious. When I see tracks, I'm going to think train.
I take the rail safety pledge.
Take your pledge too by using #SeeTracksThinkTrain on Twitter or Facebook.
Benny is my dog. He's a good little pup and he's very smart. Benny loves trains almost as much as I do. Every time we walk him we go to the bridge where we can see the subway trains. He always jumps up to look through the railing until the train goes by. These are TTC trains, not freight trains. But he also LOVES CP trains. When we go to the cottage he barks with joy at the trains and every time there's a train coming he jumps up into thin air.
I love my dog. He's a great guy and he's the best.
On Saturday we went to the UP Express opening. There was a ribbon cutting and I was on tv! And my sister too, of course. Here is a photo of me being interviewed:
There were lots of people and there was a huge cake of a UP train.
The UP is the Union Pearson Express. It goes from Union Station in downtown Toronto to Pearson airport. And the ride takes 25 minutes. I got to ride on the train in both directions.
There were lots of sites to see and we went over very high bridges. One of them was a bridge with just train tracks on it, close to the end of the journey to the airport. Here's a picture:
On the train we rode with Chris Drew who also loves trains a lot and he gave me this amazing train hat. Thanks Chris! Here's a photo of me with Chris and Anne Marie who is very nice and works at Metrolinx.
We also met William. He is also a train fan and he likes high speed train.
When we got to the airport there was another UP train cake and we ate some and then we got on the train for the ride back.
When we got back we got to go in the cab of the train. Here's me sitting in the cab:
I liked being at the opening of the UP Express. Thanks for inviting me. I think it's a great way to get to the airport!
Nathan is an 9 year-old boy who loves ALL trains. Especially freight trains. And especially CP Rail.