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Holiday train to pass through Waterloo
Monday, November 18, 2019

One year after safety concerns led to confusion and a somewhat silenced event, Waterloo is preparing for the annual pass-through of the Canadian Pacific Railroad “Holiday Train.” The community is again scheduling a block party set to welcome the arrival of the festive freight train on Saturday, Nov. 30. Canadian Pacific officials last year announced that the train would be dark as it made its way through Waterloo. They were concerned about crowds that have grown in recent years creeping close to the tracks and endangering their own safety. The train, however, was illuminated with decorative lights when it chugged through town. Railroad security will be in Waterloo and patrons are being warned it is not only unsafe but also a crime to trespass on the tracks. Those attending the block party will be directed to remain at least 15 feet from the tracks. Activities will begin at 8 p.m. and include a tree-lighting in Francis Thomson Memorial Park, by the train station at 485 W. Van Vleek Street. The Holiday Train is not scheduled to stop in Waterloo, but is expected to pass through between midnight and 1 a.m. est.

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