Hi William,

Thanks for the update and another stellar edition of the CRO.  You might want to add the link for the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel situated here in Cranbrook in the Museum section of the next CRO.  Garry Anderson has worked tirelessly for the museum  and has earned the Order of Canada for his excellent accomplishments. http://www.trainsdeluxe.com/

Again, keep up the great work.

Kevin Dunk

Cranbrook, BC


Added Kevin and Thanks - William


I really enjoyed the SOUTH OF THE BORDER and CANADIAN RAILWAY HISTORY sections in your March 2012 CRO.

Great work Will!

Wayne Koch

Metro North (MNR)

Harmon, NY

Cheers Wayne!  I also enjoy reading your emails and those classic NYC, NH, and PC images. -William

Hi William,

A couple of typo’s in the CRO MARCH issue in CP NEWS:

The photograph of CP GP38-2 3018 at Bangor, Wisconsin is on the Tomah turn assignment “G68”, not Q68.  The photograph of the CP 8823 at Tunnel City, Wisconsin isactually on train “199”, not 119.

 Great website, I post CRO on the bulletin board here in the depot at Portage for the CP employees.

Keep up the great work!


Tom Meierhoff

Trainmaster - Portage, WI.

Canadian Pacific U.S. East  

Tom, I am pleased we emailed back and forth last month, it’s a pleasure to meet you!  Thanks for your CRO support. –William.

RON ELLISON has the following HO Scale items for Sale:

(These all have Kay-Dee couplers).

VH CPR Selkirk 2-10-4 T-1a $700,

VH CPR C-630 $600,

Overland CPR C-424 $700,

KMT RSD4/5 $150,

Park models SDP-40F $150,  

Tenshodo UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 $2000,

4 Athearn CPR SD40-2's painted some weathered Different multimarks and detailed to the locomotive number $100 each,

2 CPR ice reefers, $10 each

1 CPR coach   $10

1 CPR sleeper   $10

1 CPR observation    $10

CP Athearn SD40-2 $30,

CP Athearn GP9 $30

Athearn F7 painted AMT and 2 double deck couches $200,

5  Bachmann AMTRAK Amfleet couches,  All 5 for $30

1 Con Cor (silver stainless steel) Lower Canada & Western (LCW Green and Yellow) painted baggage and 4 coaches: All 5 for $30

Many freight cars all with Kay-Dee couplers   $6 Athearn and MDC


INFORMATION: Email Ron Ellison at:  <rellison5@sympatico.ca>


From The Editor

William Baird – Canadian Railway Observations Editor

CLUB CRO Launches May 2012:

As you are now all aware, our CLUB CRO officially launches May 1st, 2012.  I battled with the decision to implement a subscription fee for many years, but as donations had dried up, we really had no choice.  The good news is, the price is less than $2 an issue, and the previous issue will always be free!  As one can imagine, paying for server storage, bandwidth, email server costs, and paying internet provider fees has always come out of  pocket.  When you factor in the hours per day that Mike Robin and I put into creating your monthly CRO issues, you can understand and appreciate why we had no choice. “CLUB CRO” has many benefits for  you the reader, which will become apparent to you.  One perk is: emailed updates with your new issue on the first of the month, and every month.  Your “user name” will always be your email address and our “password” will open it.   Please take the time to sign up today, and take advantage of our Limited Time $9.99 introductory special price until April 23rd.

Only CLUB CRO members will have access and will receive the new CRO issues. Everyone must sign up, and CRO will immediately refund all photo contributors, if their photos are usedin May.


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Contact us for advertising opportunities in CRO.editor@canadianrailwayobservations.com


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CRO is seeking articles for our “Special Report” series.

Over the last 6 years, several readers have submitted Special Reports for CRO that have been overwhelming well received. RAILFANNING MONTREAL by Guy Pascal Arcouette and myself, The BC RAIL STORY by Mark  Forseille and Claude Prutton, and  A VISIT TO CADRAIL by Marc Chouinard and myself.  


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Thank You

Brian Ambrose, Guy-Pascal Arcouette, Michael Berry (CRO),Joseph Bishop, Christopher Bodkin, Keith Bowler, Maxime Boule, Steve Boyko, Jay Butler,J-P Cadieux, Ian Campbell, Guilio Capuano, Andy Cassidy, Bruce Chapman, Fred Clark, Michael Da Costa, Michel Daoust (TSH), Jeremy Davy (WCRA),  Daniel Dell’Unto (GO News), Paul Donovan, Kevin Dunk, John Dziobko, John Eull, Tom Farence, Joe Ferguson, Mark Forseille, James Gardiner, Mike Garza, Chris Gertz, James Gillin, Ken Goslett, Stefan Guy,Tim Hayman (VIA News), Bruce Harvey, Bob Heathorn, Chris van der Heide, James Hopkins, Frank Jolin, Kim Kafura, Brandon Kilgore, Wayne Koch,James Lalande, Ken Lanovich (CRO), Roman Litarchuk (CRO), Scott Marsh, Meaghan Mack, Doug MacKenzie, Glen Mounk, Phillip Mason, Rob McCormack, Chris McMahon, Don McQueen (Froth), Bruce Mercer, Aivo Merimets, Jody Moore (Green Locomotive News), Terry Muirhead (VIA News), Peter Murphy (CRHA), Jason Noe (Railpace), Tim Organ, Mark Perry, Mike Pebesma (CRO), Donna Peters (CRO), John Read “GR17f”, John Reay, Terry Redeker, Earl Roberts (Branchline), Mike Robin (CRO), George Redmond, Wayne D. Shaw, Wilco van Schoonhoven, Cor van Steenis, Avrom Shtern, Chuck Schwesinger, Paul Smith, Jean-François Turcotte (AMT News),  Stephen Vallis, Ron Visockis, Dennis Weber, Ed Weisensel (CRO), Trevor Wiley, Craig Williams, Randy Zarowny and David Zulkoskey, and Mark Zulkoskey.  My thanks to our many CRO Facebook contributors, the Bridge Line Historical Society, Tempo Jr. and the Canadian Trackside Guide.  Merci Marc, Peter, Mike, James, John, Michel, Tony, Denis, Richard, Mohammed, et tous mes amis à la St-Luc Diesel Shop.

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