08/29/2012 03:19 EDT | Updated 10/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Grey Cup Train Tour Helps CFL Mark 100 Anniversary Of Cup In 2012


TORONTO - The Grey Cup will be riding the rails this fall.

Canada's biggest football prize is travelling across the country by train to celebrate the Cup's 100th anniversary.

Wrapped with photos of CFL players and historical images of Canadian football, the Grey Cup 100 Train features a museum car filled with memorabilia.

There is also a team car built to resemble a dressing room and one dedicated to the Grey Cup itself.

The tour will stop in more than 100 communities, including all eight CFL cities as well as Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax and Quebec City.

The Cup will also be transported to some communities not accessible by rail, including Iqaluit.

The train departs Vancouver's Pacific Central Station on Sept. 9 and will travel 4,100 kilometres. Its final stop is Nov. 17 at Toronto's Exhibition Station, just a week before the 100th Grey Cup game.

"Every year thousands of Canadians make a pilgrimage to the host city," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said Wednesday as the train was unveiled at a rail yard in Toronto's west end. "Now we get a chance to bring the Grey Cup to Canadians across the country."

According to Cohon, the tour took two years to organize, including striking deals with Via Rail, CP and CN.

"It is a complicated undertaking," says Cohon. "There are so many freight trains moving across this country. So where you can put your train, how long it can be in a station is all part of it."