October 2011




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Reg. Fitzpatrick

Bracebridge, Ontario

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Just a quick note to advise that GO GP-40TC, #606 (shown in the August issue in break-in service on CN) was dark navy blue, not black as stated. At this point they were frequently seen at the Spadina roundhouse as GO's Willowbrook locomotive facilities had yet to be built.

Keep up the good work, I look forward to each issue of CRO.


Gord McOuat

VP / Master Mechanic

OERHA / Halton County Radial Rwy. ON.

My Bad Gord, having never seen #606 in person, I was going only by the photo, which appears to be black . I stand corrected. Thanks.  (Will)

Re- your "On the Road" section. Walter's photos of the Halton County Radial Railway are excellent! I've been a member of the museum since 1983, but have been much less active since I moved to Alberta fourteen years ago. It is nice to see it recognized in a National forum such as CRO!


Alex Reed


From the Editor

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