Do I have the entire Canadian Pacific Holiday Train pin set? Maybe…

As you can imagine, I’m getting psyched up for the possible return of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it charges through New York in late November. The train did not travel through the Empire State (or anywhere) during 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so hopefully things have improved to the point where the Holiday Train can return. Plus, with the news that Canadian Pacific recently purchased a rail line that services Quebec and Maine, the Holiday Train may be visiting New England for the first time in forever.

While that’s going on, I’ve been putting together a nice little pin collection. If my notes serve me correctly, from 2003 to 2010, Canadian Pacific issued collectible cloisonne pins. I don’t know very much about their existence or their purpose; I suspect they were given in exchange for financial donations to a local food bank or assistance charity. Some of my pins come with attached “Thank You” cards.

It took me a while, but I finally assembled what I believe is a complete set of the pins.

ImageYear issuedCard, if exists
2002WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We know we can. We know we can. We know we can.
The Holiday Train is a CPR Community Connect program which to daate, has raised 73 tons of food and almost $900,000 (Cdn) $540,000 US) in cash donations. These have been distributed to more than 285 communities across North America.
2003(I don’t have the card)
2004TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Hoiday Train marks its 6th year!
Once again, the Holiday Train, a CPR Community Connect program, will be making another run for hunger relief.
In the past 5 years, with your help, we have raised more than $1.5 million (Cdn) in cash donations and collected more than 213 tons of food for more than 285 food pantries and food banks across North America.
Your purchase of this pin helps support our communities in the fight against hunger. Thank you.
2005IN HARMONY WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
The Holiday Train marks its 7th year!
All new lights! All new show! Same fight against hunger.
In the past 6 years, with your help, we have raised more than $1.9 million (Cdn) in cash donations and collected more than 378 tons of food for more than 300 food pantries and food banks across North America.
Your purchase of this pin helps support our communities in the fight against hunger. Thank you.
2006(I don’t have the card)
2007(I don’t have the card)
2008FEED THE CELEBRATION
The Canadian Paicfic Holiday Train celebrates its 10 year anniversary!
Canadian Pacific and you – raising food money and awareness in communities across North America for a decade. Your purchase of this pin helps support communities in the fight against hunger. Thank you!
2009(I don’t have the card)
2010(I don’t have the card)

As you can probably imagine … I’m really, really, really hoping that the train travels through New York this year.

It would be a fantastic photo opportunity – check that, opportunities – to get that train in all its glory on film and on digital.

But if nothing else, I at least have it on cloisonne.