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Hi William,

Just a short note to let you know how much I appreciate receiving the monthly issue of CRO. As a new member, I was unaware this type of news was even available. I am a former railroader (Brakeman CNR 1950-1957 - Western Region) but the "ties" are still running through my veins. Thanks again, and keep 'em rolling.

Best regards,

Ted Sayer

Prince Albert, SK

Took a quick grab shot of a flatcar bearing CANAC reporting marks with two unusual loads onboard bound for Winnipeg on CN train 852 on the Togo Subdivision.  Scale test cars CP 420926 and CANX (formerly GTW) 52265 were riding on flatcar CANX 61300.  The car seems to be converted from a CN bulkhead flatcar and appears to have been fitted with a special ramp at one end to allow the scale cars to be offloaded.

David Maiers

Roblin, MB


Hi everyone.                

I'm looking for select photos of CN's F-Units that were used on the Nanticoke steel train back in the mid 80's. I would prefer a couple pics of the actual train for use on my cab ride DVD. Scenic shots would be nice along with some verticals as well.
Any photo used will have your name on the cover photo and in the closing credits. You will also get a free copy of the three CN  F DVD's.

Please contact me at:    rmccormack@canrailvideo.ca


Rob McCormack


From The Editor

William Baird


Publishing to the Internet is very different than publishing in a book or magazine. Publishers want high quality photos large in size and 400 dpi or better to make sure of high quality images in their magazine. 

The Internet is much more forgiving and most photos are posted at only 75 dpi and compressed to reduce their size.


Photos submitted to CRO do not have to be huge files that consume bandwidth and will be compressed into  something less than 1/10th of their original size.


Email containing photos must not exceed 4 MB total size of all photos combined or our server will reject them.


Please follow the guidelines below to prevent your photos from being rejected.


·         Photos should be resized to not be bigger than 500K in size. A good article on resizing photos can be found here

·         Photos should not be larger than 1000 X 800 in dimensions. (Minimum of 800 pixels)

·         Photos submitted must include photographers name, date photo was taken, location and description.

·         Train and engine numbers should be included where possible

·         Photo should be in focus and of fairly high quality (exceptions will be made for archival photos)

·         Photo submitted may be altered or cropped to remove unwanted borders and text to meet publishing requirements and CRO standards.

·         Please DO NOT put text or any descriptions on the photos as it will be removed and could result in your photo being rejected.

·         Acceptance of your photos does not mean they will appear in the next newsletter. CRO reserves the right to retain your photos and use in future newsletters.

CRO must implement these guidelines as large photos not only take extra time to download but use excess bandwidth and use server space. All emails over 4 MB will be rejected by our server.


CRO appreciates your photo submissions as they are what makes our newsletter what it is but needs to control the time and costs of formatting and putting them online.


Thank you and we  look forward to your submissions.


The CRO Team


With CRO FACEBOOK over 3,000 Fans we suggest you visit if you have not yet done so.  Feel free to post your own photos on the page and participate in our QUESTION quizzes.  We thank all of you who support our efforts!  See the CRO page here:



Email William Baird at <editor@canadianrailwayobservations.com>, Please understand we will busy sending PASSWORD emails to all new subscribers over the next days, please be patient. We will get to you within 24 hours. 

Only CLUB CRO members will have access and will receive the new CRO issue announcements, and the CRO hyperlink by email.

The mission of CRO remains the same: to inform CRO readers using accurate information obtained from our many reliable sources, and showcase beautiful locomotive shots, and pertinent Canadian train news, compiled and verified over the month, and updated daily.

As our “Vignette” segments are very popular with our readers, we included many in this June issue.  Please continue to submit photos and your suggestions for future vignettes.

We thank you!

William H. Baird


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


CRO would like to acknowledge our newest Advertisers: George’s Trains, Credit Valley Railway Co. Inc., RAILTIME DVD-R Railway Videos, Prototype Model Industries, EXPORAIL, MCM Rail Videos, CANRAIL Video Productions, the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway, Niagara Central Hobbies, SOLRS, PATHFINDER, and Southern Prairie Railway.   


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.


CAN YOU DO THIS? We want to know!

Check out “RAILFANING HAMILTON” by Dan Tweedle



In July CRO Facebook was at 3000+ fans! Thank you for your support!  The page is for all to share their train photos but it is monitored and we will not tolerate any foul language, political viewpoints, or any posts of disrespect. If you have a CRO Facebook issue email the editor (me) instead.   We invite you to visit our new CRO Facebook page and post news photos at: 



William H. Baird
CRO Editor


Thank You

Ben Alain, Guy-Pascal Arcouette, Robert Baker, Michael Berry (CRO), Christopher Bodkin, Kenneth Borg, Keith Bowler, Larry Broadbent, Nathan Brown (CRO), Paul Burgess ,J-P Cadieux, Ian Campbell, Guilio Capuano, Andy Cassidy, Bruce Chapman, Warren Calloway,  Michael Da Costa, Michel Daoust (TSH), Ross Davies, Jeremy Davy (WCRA),  Daniel Dell’Unto (GO News), Paul Donovan, Jim Dorst, Darren Doss, Kevin Dunk, Joe Ferguson, Mark Forseille, Mike Garza, Chris Gertz, Al Gorney, Ross Harrison, Tim Hayman (VIA News), Bruce Harvey, Bob Heathorn, Chris van der Heide, Michael Hoffer-Lester, Francois Jolin, Frank Jolin, Kim Kafura, Wayne Koch, Ken Lanovich (CRO), Mark Llanuza, Roman Litarchuk (CRO), Warren Mayhew, Conor Megaffin, Glen Mounk, Mike and Mark Mautner, Mike Mastin, Phillip Mason, Rob McCormack, Chris McMahon, Don McQueen (Froth), Jim McPherson, Bruce Mercer, Aivo Merimets, Jody Moore (Green Locomotive News), Terry Muirhead (VIA News), Dan Murrell, Peter Murphy (CRHA), Jason Noe (Railpace),  Mark Perry, Mike Pebesma (CRO), Donna Peters (CRO), Alex Pallo Jr., Marc Primeau, George Pitarys, Tim Quetton, Mike Ray, John Read “GR17f”, Earl Roberts (Branchline), Mike Robin (CRO), George Redmond, Wayne D. Shaw, Wilco van Schoonhoven, Cor van Steenis, Avrom Shtern, Paul Smith, Doug Sword,  Patrick Taillon, Steve Thomas, Lorence Toutant , Jean-François Turcotte (AMT News), Ron Visockis, Dennis Weber, John West, Randy Zarowny, David 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 Mustafa, et tous mes amis à la St-Luc Diesel Shop.

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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  "CRO Editor"

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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 Editor"

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Please follow these  photo submission guidelines  to make sure your photos are accepted. As you can appreciate we receive hundreds of photos each month so must limit the sizes we receive.



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