Turns out the train is the annual holiday train which makes stops all across Canada collecting for the food bank, putting on shows and making sure Santa sees lots of our communities before the big day!
The day it was to be stopping at the two closest stops we couldn't make it...schedules can be like that...but we knew it should be coming through our town at around 5:15pm. Armed with snacks, coffee, tea and all bundled up we drove to the bottom of town and parked by the tracks. We weren't the only people with the same idea! The street was lined with cars waiting for magic.
Checked for delays from the car.
Watched two trains go by. Neither one was the holiday train.
I took this photo thinking it was finally coming...nope. But let's pretend this is the right train....
Finally! Turns out the holiday train was 45 minute behind schedule leaving people at the next stop standing out in the cold waiting!
I suspect the lateness is because the train actually slowed down when it went by. It must slow down for people along the route to get a nice look at it as it goes by. They have an awesome social media team/person who keep everyone up to date the whole time so it was easy to find out about delays.
I was having a hard time getting the photos in the right order as the lights flash on and off and show different scenes!
Bye holiday train! See you next Christmas!!
Have a fabulous day!