Canada Pacific Holiday Train passes through area

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is a moving charity that collects money, food and awareness for local food banks and food shelves. (Canadian Pacific Holiday Train)

WATERLOO, Ind. (WANE) The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train chugged through the area early Friday morning.

The train, decked out in lights on each of its cars and engine, passed through Waterloo around 12:15 a.m. It is traveling on the Norfolk Southern line from Toledo to Butler, Waterloo, Corunna, Kendallville, Ligonier and west to Chicago.

The town of Waterloo planned a party at its historic depot for residents to watch the train pass by.

The train will not stop in the area.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train aims to raise food and funds for local food banks across Canada and the U.S. With two routes – Canadian and U.S. – the brightly colored trains travel coast to coast with stops along the way to perform for holiday songs and take in donations.

The train is making its way from a performance in Windsor, Ontario, Canada Thursday afternoon to another show Saturday afternoon in Gurnee, Illinois, just north of Chicago.

All told, the CP Holiday Train’s U.S. route travels some 2,500 miles from Saratoga Springs, New York to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with stops in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota in between.

To track the train in real-time, CLICK HERE.