A brilliant display of holiday lights bolted through Milan Friday evening.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train was a sight to see for a smattering of local residents gathered along the railroad tracks off of Wabash Street south of downtown Milan Friday evening.
All day, there had been reports in the media and chatter on social media suggesting the Canadian railway company might not display its colorful lights train as it traveled through Michigan on its way to Illinois. The train was in Windsor Friday for a festival and fundraiser.
As the train left Windsor, Michiganians who wanted to see the train anxiously monitored social media to see if the lights would be on and, if so, what time it might be nearing their locale.
Ron Williams, who runs the CP Holiday Train Through Lenawee Facebook Page, used spotters at the border and customs to keep his followers informed.
From there, people followed reports on social media. About the time the train passed the airport, people exited their vehicles and gathered alongside the tracks, armed with cameras and smart phones.
In the distance, the train blared its horn. Finally, as it neared, the gates dropped on Wabash and the train passed by in less than a minute. The audience applauded and went back to their vehicles.