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I always enjoy CRO, it is a great place to keep up on all the railroad action, and I enjoyed looking at all my photos that made the cut. All in all you and your CRO crew have a great place to keep up on all the train things, you also have some great photos  from other people that I enjoy looking at, and all the info that is in CRO.


George Redmond

Centralia, Illinois

Hi Will,

Been a long while since I've finished anything for the layout. I've been working on some "supporting cast" diversionary models, but now its time to get back to the necessary players. Today, I finished the final details on three modern MP15DCs from Atlas. These all arrived on my doorstep in stunning factory paint/lettering. I removed the logos from one and changed out the exhaust stack hatch to make the B&P's #44. The other two I left as is, but added a bunch of new details to make them near-exact duplicates of the prototypes, G&W 45 and 46. This is how they all appear through the first decade of the new millennium. Sadly, the real 45 and 46 have been sold and will soon depart the property, if they haven't already. At least the models will live on as a reminder to how they looked...

Four more orange units are in the paint shop now, going through the color applications. I hope to add at least 2-3 more before long. I need to make up some lost ground!

Mike Zollitsctch
Buffalo, NY

From The Editor

William Baird



Hi All,


Are you a fan of MLW’s and Alco’s?  


If you love the look, sound, and smell of these animals as I do, check out this short video submitted by my buddy Walter showing Delaware-Lackawanna doings on April 27, 2013. After engine start, the crew adds a unit for the trip to Taylor Yard via the north leg of the wye at Linden St. to drop off grain empties and pick up loads. They then return via the south leg of the wye at Bridge 60 followed by an impressive eastbound launch at U of Scranton. The grain is dropped at Nay Aug and the remaining 2 car PT train was caught at Elmhurst. Lots of Alco thrash to impress your friends! (Walter Pfefferle) 



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