This is a fabulous idea.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.
So, take one large Canadian train. Deck it with neon boughs of holly and the rest. Drive it across the entirety of Canada, coast to coast. And when it stops at a station, the box car side drops down and out springs the band to play Run Rudolph Run or some such.
Great photos here and some drone footage
Apparently they run two, one across the US, one across Canada each year.
OK, so it’s about awareness of food banks and such like. But I would love to have been in that planning meeting two decades back.
“Boss, we’re going to run a train festooned with neon across the country”
“Yeah, and when it stops at a station then the band leaps out to play.”
“Whut? You been at the liquer chocolates already?”
“No boss, it’ll be great, great big Christmas train right across the prairies.”
“Well, it’ll have to be for charidee…”
“Food banks, whatever, big train, neon, Christmas!”
“And holidays, not Christmas”
“Whatever, but big train! Woo Hoo!”
“Yep, go get them other box of them chocolates too.”
Trivial when there’s so much suffering in the world? Sure. Those diesels pollute the planet too.
And what a frabjous day it is when I find out that someone actually does this. A large, official, organisation, goes out of its way to do this.
Yep, I think we’ll keep this species.