Thousands of people braved the rain and crowds to see the show when the CP Holiday Train arrived in Maple Ridge on Saturday night, bringing Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band for a performance at Port Haney.
The rolling concert offered a half-hour show that started at 7:45 p.m., and then rolled on to Pitt Meadows, where it would shut down Harris Road for another half-hour street party and concert.
The concert-goers are encouraged to bring donations for the Friends in Need Food Bank, as the holiday train benefits food banks in communities along the tracks from Montreal to Port Moody.
The volunteers with the food bank had a cube van that was stacked high at one end with two pallets loaded to the roof with food.
The Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than $13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.
“The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” said Keith Creel, CP’s president andCEO.
“People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay for the incredible show – all in the name of community. The holiday season is the best time of the year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and a great time.”