"Off The Shelf"

 CRO Book/DVD Reviews By: Michael Berry

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This Month's Feature:

When time allows as CRO Production Assistant, I am a voracious collector of railway books.  My "Off The Shelf" column will review books and DVDs that I feel would be to the appeal of our CRO readers. 

I invite you to contact me directly with questions, and with any new publications or DVD’s that would be of interest to our CRO readers for “Off the Shelf”. 


The Canadian Trackside Guide 2013,” edited by Earl W. Roberts and David P. Stremes, is an essential tool for any Canadian railfan. It contains up to date info on the motive power, passenger cars, maintenance of way equipment, etc on Canada’s large and small railroads. It also is great to take along when on vacation, as it lists preserved equipment in all parts of Canada, as well as a full list of industrial units across Canada. Its roster of CN and CP contain all retired diesel units, though not steam engines. Also important for railfans are the complete listing of mileage and subdivisions for CN and CP and a number of smaller Canadian railways. There really isn’t much to say about the book critically. Perhaps a suggestion would be to add a few pages of color photos in the middle, kind of a ‘year in review’ of Canadian railroading that would be an extension of the photos found on the front and back of the front and rear cover. If you plan to be trackisde in Canada and want to have a handy reference for motive power, subdivisions, etc., this book is for you.


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COMING NEXT MONTH: Michael will review:  Christopher Greenlaw’s “Via Rail”


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