The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre is bringing back a popular holiday tradition in the Town of Capreol.
With the support of Ontario Northland, the museum is inviting residents to board the 219 Candy Cane Express throughout the holiday season.
The 219 locomotive, 6077 locomotive, rolling stock and the museum house at 26 Bloor have been decked out in festive decorations for all to enjoy.
The festivities kick off at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 with the official train-lighting ceremony, with representatives from the museum and Ontario Northland, followed by the annual Candle Walk, Christmas Tree Lighting in the cenotaph park and the Santa Claus Parade.
The 219 locomotive was operated by the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway, now Ontario Northland and is the most recent addition to the rolling stock display at the museum.
The 219 locomotive was purchased in an online auction and restored. Since its acquisition, almost $275,000 has been invested in the restoration of the locomotive.
The restoration of the tender box is the next major phase to complete this project.
“Partnering with Ontario Northland is a great opportunity for the museum to build on their relationship with the railroad and to work together to create a new Christmas tradition in the Town of Capreol,” said Derek Young, operations manager for the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre.
“We are excited to participate in the lighting ceremony and show our support for the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and this restoration project” said Rebecca McGlynn, Ontario Northland’s Director of Marketing and Communications, in a press release.
“This family-friendly event is a must for those who love trains and want to learn more about the history of railroading in the north.”
The 219 Candy Express light display will be powered throughout the holidays. The museum will be open 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from November 30 until December 14.
The museum will be serving up hot chocolate and apple cider and hosting visits with the Santa Claus in the tea room. The gift shop will be open for holiday shoppers to purchase Thomas, Melissa and Doug toys and Capreol-themed clothing.
Admission to the museum and light display on event nights will be by voluntary donation with proceeds supporting the 219 restoration.
Visit www.normhc.ca for more information.