When Canadian Pacific’s annual Holiday Train rolls into Cobleskill, Delanson and Saratoga Springs and other communities adorned with thousands of festive lights this weekend, it will also help light up the lives of needy people, according to local hosts.
The 13-car train is scheduled to arrive at the Cobleskill firehouse on Main Street around 7 p.m. Saturday, said Rebecca Thillet, who heads the committee organizing the local stop.
Entertainers riding the train throughout the Northeast will put on a show for about a half-hour beginning around 7:15 p.m.
The cost of admission is a donation of nonperishable food for the Schoharie County Community Action Program’s food pantry.
“Any of the typical things that families would use for the holidays” are needed, Thillet said. Cash donations are also welcome.
Bins for toys will also be available to help with next week’s CP Rail Toys for Tots train, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps. That train is scheduled to stop at Cobleskill’s holiday celebration on the afternoon of Dec. 6.
Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train will roll out of Cobleskill Saturday for a planned 9 p.m. stop along Main Street in Delanson.
Community celebrations in Delanson will begin at 7 p.m., with a bonfire, caroling, vendors and music to keep people busy while waiting for the train.
The train will stop at the Saratoga Springs Amtrak station from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. Sunday before heading on to nearby communities on its way north to Canada.
Various local food pantries are aided with the train’s visit.
“Our need is definitely increasing this year,” said Thillet, who is the family development coordinator for Community Action programs in Schoharie County.
“We have seen an increase in requests for all of our services,” she said.
Canned or other nonperishable foods will primarily be used as part of the local pantry’s December holiday baskets supplied to families asking for a little help filling their tables, according to Thillet.
Entertainers aboard the train this year include singer/guitarist Shaun Verreault and Juno award-winning singer and songwriter Melanie Doane.
After Saratoga Springs, the train is scheduled to stop Sunday at the Fort Edward Amtrak station from 2:30 to 3 p.m., then move on to Whitehall, Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Plattsburgh.
Before arriving in Cobleskill, the Holiday Train is scheduled to stop in Oneonta at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at the Gas Avenue railroad crossing.