December 2011


Thank You


From the Desk of the Assistant Editor


Due to personal reasons I have decided  to leave CRO and move on to other things.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the CRO Staff and all our readers for their support over the last 20 months.


I have worked very hard to grow Canadian Railway Observations from a simple word document to one of the premier railway  newsletters on the Internet and am proud of what I have accomplished.


Working on CRO was always something I enjoyed even thought it was a huge amount of work each month. To put together each issue required the same effort as building a complete new web site each month from scratch. Web pages had to be created, photos had to be edited,  graphics created and then putting them all together each month to get the issue online.


I also ran the "Photo Contest" and wrote and put together the "on The Road" section each month. It somehow came together each month with few errors and I tried to make each issue better than the last.


The December issue is my last and I have tried to make it my best yet. I hope you enjoy it.


I wish CRO the best for the future and look forward to reading and submitting content to it.


May you and your family have a very Happy Holiday Season and Santa is good to you.




Walter E Pfefferle


Assistant Editor


From the Editor

Our CRO Assistant Editor / Webmaster, and my good friend Walter Pfefferle will be passing the torch…..

In 2006, our CRO website was introduced through the efforts and creative idea of my friend Marc Chouinard.  One day, after downloading PDF versions of CRO for several months, emailed me and  simply suggested that CRO should have a website.  I concurred but explained I had no idea how to guide that to fruition.   Within 24 hours he emailed a like to his mock up for the new CRO Website, and became the CRO Webmaster for three years.  In that time CRO readers grew exponentially from about 1000 to 5000, and the quality of our photographs surpassed our expectations as we gained more and more contributors and news sources.   

Creating new issues of CRO each month is stressful, exhausting and demands hours of time. Our Staff must respect deadlines, weeding through emails, confirming news submitted, evaluating the thousands of photos we receive, to choose only the most pertinent for each issue, and the ones which esthetically look best, and of course attract you, the reader.   

Walter Pfefferle had been a photo contributor before coming on board as Webmaster a few years back at the suggestion of Marc Chouinard.   Walter has been paramount in the overhaul of the old-school CRO PDF with hyperlinks into the easy “INDEX” colour photo filled marvel it is today.  He also updated the home page into a more interactive and very professional looking site. 

Walter also developed two new CRO departments: Photo Contest and On the Road.  In the last year since he updated the web page there have been 83,609 visits to our web page … not too shabby!

I would like thank Walter for all his good work during his time with CRO, and wish him the all the best on his next venture.

We have big plans for CRO in 2012 including our “CLUB CRO”  expected to begin in the Spring … More on this  in the month’s to come.   

CRO is currently looking for new staff to fill a number of positions. If you are interested please contact me.

I wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday, and a prosperous New Year!

William H. Baird

Editor - CRO





Hello Will,


I read with interest the CRO article in November about the demolition of the railway bridge in Weymouth N.S. 


A few years ago I built a model of the town of Weymouth and railway line that went through it in the late 1890's.This model is now on permanent display at the Sissiboo heritage center in Weymouth. Here are some pictures of the model.  While the pictures that I have may note be of the best quality I thought you may be interested in seeing them.  If you should want some pictures of the model for publication I can see what I can do about getting higher quality photo's.

Duane Porter

Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

MLW vs GMDD Part 2

My favorite video of the month! One of the last CP 6-axle MLWs in service, and out-smoked by  SD40-2.  (nobodyhome4472)


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Railroad photos posted must be of interest to our readers. The photo must include a caption with date, location, Loco Number(s) and any pertinent info. (If known try to include the Train #, Loco Model, direction, and the Subdivision as well) . If the photo is not your own, you must have the photographer’s permission to post it. NOTE: Only three photos may be posted in a row - allowing others to share.

CRO Administrators may delete any photo that does not comply with our guidelines, and we will delete and block any posts that contain offensive language or images.

Our thanks to all our website readers and our new FB Fans!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUBMIT A SPECIAL REPORT, OR JOIN THE CRO NEWS TEAM?    CRO is seeking potential columnists for our news pages.  We are always interested in your ideas for new  SPECIAL REPORTS, simply contact us with your what you would like to submit.  Out guidelines are on the home page and please check out our ARCHIVES page for previous Special Reports we have published.

 We look forward to hearing from you,

William Baird – CRO Editor:

Thank You

Guy-Pascal Arcouette, Daniel Barnett, Michael Berry, Paul Burgess, JP Cadieux, Guilio Capuano, Andy Cassidy, Bruce Chapman, Thom Cholowski, Michel Daoust, Daniel Dell’Unto (GO News), Kevin Dunk, Gary Everheart, Joe Ferguson, Denis Fortier, Mark Forseille, Dan Garcia, James Gardiner, Mike Garza, Chris Gertz, Tom Gough, Sean Graham-White (CRO), Doug Hately, Tim Hayman (VIA News), Bob heathorn, Chris van der Hiede, Helm Financial, Frank Jolin, Ken Lanovich, Roman Litarchuk (CRO),  Chris McMahon, Don McQueen (Froth), Bruce Mercer, Jody Moore (Green Locomotive News), Terry Muirhead (VIA News), Peter Murphy (CRHA), Jason Noe (Railpace), Tim Organ, Mike Pebesma (CRO) Donna Peters (CRO), Walter Pfefferle (CRO),  John Read “GR17f”, John Reay, J.P. Rhéaume, Earl Roberts (Branchline), Mike Robin, George Redmond, Bill Sanderson, Wayne D. Shaw, Wilco van Schoonhoven, Cor van Steenis, Avrom Shtern, Bill Thomson, Jean-François Turcotte (AMT News), Dan Tweedle, Ron Visockis, Ed Weisensel (CRO), Richard Young, Mark-David Zulkoskey, the Bridge Line Historical Society, and the Canadian Trackside Guide. Merci Marc, Peter, Mike, James, John, Michelp

Submit An Observation

New issues of CRO are posted each month on our website. News stories pertaining to Canadian railways, photos, comments, favourite links, and questions are always welcome. Please send us your photos, newsworthy sightings and railway stories and if used, will be placed in the CRO newsletter.   Please indicate if you wish your name to be withheld. If your own website pertains to Canadian railways, please contact us.

Submissions should be sent to News & Photo Submission

Submit a Photo

We encourage our readers to forward current pertinent news photos, and historical material. Please include the unit no’s, train no. or direction, date, location, etc, and send to CRO Photos

DO NOT send entries for the monthly contest but only those for the newsletter. Use the submit link on the photo contest page.


Note: Photos submitted to CRO should be 1000 pixels wide max and no bigger than 500 K in size.


Please follow these photo submission guidelines to make sure your photos are accepted.

As you can appreciate we receive 100's of photos each month so must limit the sizes we receive.


Look forward to your submissions.

CRO Team

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© CRO December 2011