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All aboard! Last call for Canadian football fans

Staff writers
November 15, 2012 — Excitement is building as football fans from across the country gear up for the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto next Sunday. The Weather Network's Chris Murphy challenges Hamilton Ti-Cats kicker Luca Congi.

Grey Cup celebrates its 100th year
Grey Cup celebrates its 100th year

The countdown is on for the 100th Grey Cup Championship, which will be played at Toronto's Rogers Centre on Sunday, November 25. 

Fans have been eagerly waiting for the big day to arrive and some have joined in the early celebrations. 

One of the highlights over the past couple of months has been the Grey Cup 100 Train, which has travelled around the country. 

After 10 weeks, 138 stops and over 8,000 km across Canada, it's been defined as a "uniquely Canadian experience."

"This has been two years in the making and I'm actually quite sad right now because Saturday is our last day where the public gets to it," says CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. 

Although the train is now home in Toronto, the impact it had on some is unforgettable.

Several exhibits found inside the train
Several exhibits found inside the train

"To the kids in Windsor, a choir there made a song called 'This Train...' To the guy in Sarnia who came on the train, found a picture of his father who was in the 1931 Grey Cup, never saw that picture of his father and he broke down and started crying...To the cup going up to Iqaluit and the kids up there saying 'wow no one ever does this for us.' It really has been a memorable experience for all of us associated with it," recalls Cohon. "It's been a part of Canada." 

The train will be open to the public for the final time on Saturday, November 17 at the Exhibition Station. 

Organizers say the train will then be dismantled and some exhibits will be displayed throughout the city for the Grey Cup Festival and donated to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Have you seen the Grey Cup 100 Train in your community? Share your pictures in The Weather Network Photo & Video Gallery.

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