Visitors flock to Loretto to see Holiday Train despite cold

The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train brought a multitude of bright lights to Loretto, Sunday, Dec. 15, and Loretto residents added to festivities by lighting up their homes. Near-zero temperatures did not dissuade visitors who came to hear Willy Porter and the Claytones perform from a lighted boxcar stage. Loretto cooked up its own entertainment, including caroling, a Santa visit and the traditional kiddy train. Visitors donated food and money for food shelves in Hanover, Rockford, Delano and Maple Plain.

Early snow makes the Holiday Train look especially festive during its stop at the County Road 19 railroad crossing.  (Photo by Bill Nord)
A large crowd braves near-zero temperatures to listen to music by Willy Porter and the Claytones. They performed on a lighted box car stage. Visitors also donated food and money to area food shelves.  (Photo by Bill Nord) The audience stretches a long way down the railroad tracks as it listens to the concert at the boxcar stage. (Photo by Bill Nord)
The audience stretches a long way down the railroad tracks as it listens to the concert at the boxcar stage. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Kids bundle up for a kiddy train ride with “engineer” Clark Lohr, who is a Loretto City Council member. (Photo by Bill Nord)
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A large crowd braves near-zero temperatures to listen to music by Willy Porter and the Claytones. They performed on a lighted box car stage. Visitors also donated food and money to area food shelves. (Photo by Bill Nord)