TICONDEROGA — This year, the brightly lit Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will chug through the region on Thanksgiving Day.
The train, covered with thousands of LED Christmas lights, arrives Thursday, Nov. 28, starting at 3:15 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Amtrak Station on Fort Ticonderoga Ferry Road.
The second stop in the area is 5 p.m. at the Port Henry Train Station, followed by 7:30 p.m. at Plattsburgh Amtrak Station and 9:15 p.m. at Rouses Point Station.
Entertainment will be furnished by Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Tracey Brown and the Ontario-based folk trio The Claytones.
They will perform on a boxcar stage that will open after the train arrives.
The train’s chief purpose is to collect non-perishable food and cash contributions for local food shelves.
Everyone attending is asked to bring a food item to turn in at the station.
Port Henry Village Mayor Ernest Guerin said he and Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava will be at the train to accept the check for the local food pantry.
“I will wear my top hat, coat and scarf,” Guerin said.
“I hope it’s a good turnout. CP Rail says Port Henry is one of the largest turnouts anywhere. It’s Thanksgiving, so it might be a little slower. Some people are out of town.”
Canadian Pacific Railway spokeswoman Jade Wong said the railroad didn’t deliberately set the date for U.S. Thanksgiving.
“It (the local visits) just happened to fall on that date. We try to accommodate as many communities as we can. We hope there will be excellent turnout at every stop.”
The train starts its three-week journey today in Kahnawake, Quebec, and the dates of arrival in each community are based on that start date, she said.