We invite you to send your questions and comments:

Email us at: editor@canadianrailwayobservations.com

Dear CRO,


Sure is nice to see all the old girls in the CRO issues - Some of which I “Hogged” myself, others have new dresses, and some have been scrapped.  Brings Back Many Pleasant Memories Of  Forgone Years.  Congrats To William Baird My ONR Friend Mike Robin, Nathan Brown and the CRO team for A their great dedication to Railroading. Great Photos, Info and outspoken talent survive here.  Keep Up The Great Work!   I Could Tell You A Story or Two about Hoggin’ Trains in the Great White North Which Would Be Fish Tales For Sure.  


That Is my View From Over The Hill!


Dave Harbar 

Hornepayne, ON


From The Editor

William Baird

Hi All,

NOW THAT IS MORE LIKE IT!! Check out Francisco Andre Diaz Macuzi's photo shopped "AMT" logo on the from panel of the F59PHI. It sure looks good! Are you listening AMT? Gracias my friend! I am standing next to an Agence Metropolitaine de Transport  (AMT) Montreal Commuter train near Sortin Yard in Montreal on November 14th. The locomotive is a General Motors Diesel Division Canada-built F59PH (Ex-GO Transit), and the cars are the newest Bombardier-built multi-level cars.



You will noticed on the index page, we have added  two new departments to CRO. Specifically Tourist Railway’s, and our CRO Legal page.   We have also decided to close down and retool our CRO PHOTO CONTEST Page.  Over the next months we will be  redesigning it, and implementing  better ways of accepting photo entries, follow-up and offering new and better prizes.  For the moment, the PHOTO CONTEST page is Under Construction,  We are seeing suggestions and ideas however,  and would like to hear from you.  Simply send along an email to me.  "CRO Editor" editor@canadianrailwayobservations.com


I wish to thank Webmaster Nathan Brown for Co-Editing and taking over CRO for much of this month while I was unavailable with computer issues, and outside work. Nathan did a superb  job!  The ONR Northlander Report was great as well Nathan!   Thanks!


As well a tip of my had and bow to CRO Production Manager Michael Berry for his great work administrating CRO Facebook while I was off, Thanks Guys!   

In  2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary as a Nation, and VIA Rail Canada will mark its 40th year!   I wonder what events  VIA will have planed?

Be you Christian, Jewish or of Muslim faith, I wish you a  wonderful holiday.  Merry Christmas to the CRO Staff and all my friends. Peace on earth.




CRO has a new Modeler’s Corner Editor, Barry Oldham from The Train Cellar.  Barry has many years experience detailing and painting accurate Canadian railroad locomotive and car models.   
 We invite you all to submit your railroad model photos to me for consideration and posting on Modeler’s Corner.


Dear Mr. Oldham,


CRO makes every attempt to quality check our issues before we post, however this error got through and we do apologize to you, and the Train Cellar for this mistake on our part.  


 It was brought to our attention that Barry was connected to PMI.  This was not the case.  This was a mistake at our end, which we are truly sorry for, and hope that any issues that this has caused will be mended quickly.


The mistake online is corrected and an apology will be noted in our next issue in February 2013. I hope this will be to your satisfaction as you are a valued member of our news magazine.

William H. Baird - Editor

Nathan Brown - Webmaster  



CRO FACEBOOK is now over 3,500 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

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 issue.  Please continue to submit photos and your suggestions for future vignettes.

We thank you!

William H. Baird


Are you a Hobby Shop, DVD distributor or Railway Museum or Tourist Railway?

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


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!

Please email your topic or interesting story to:
William H. Baird
CRO Editor


Thank You


Ben Alain, John Allen, Guy-Pascal Arcouette, Robert Baker, Luke Bellefleur, Michael Berry (CRO), Jim Blunt, Christopher Bodkin, Ron Bouweis, Kenneth Borg, Keith Bowler, Larry Broadbent, Dan Braun, Bryan Buhler, Paul Burgess ,Jay Butler, J-P Cadieux, Ian Campbell, Guilio Capuano, Andy Cassidy, Peter Cawthorne, Marc Caya, Bruce Chapman, Warren Calloway,  Martin Clément,  Michael Da Costa, Peter Cox, Michel Daoust (TSH), Ross Davies, Jeremy Davy (WCRA),  Daniel Dell’Unto (GO News), Paul Donovan, Jim Dorst, Darren Doss, Kevin Dunk, Ted Ellis, John Eull, Ray Ferand, Joe Ferguson, Mark Forseille, Mike Garza, Chris Gertz, Alexander Glista, Al Gorney, Ross Harrison, Bruce Harvey, Tim Hayman (VIA News), Bruce Harvey, Bob Heathorn, Chris van der Heide, James Hoffman (ONR), Manny Jacob, Francois Jolin, Terry Juuti, Kim Kafura, Bruce Kerr, C.W. King, Ken King, Wayne Koch, Bob Krone,  James Lalande, Jean-Marc Lalonde, Ken Lanovich (CRO),David Lemke, Roman Litarchuk (CRO), Michel Lussier, Richard Marchi, Warren Mayhew, Conor Megaffin, Glen Mounk, Mike and Mark Mautner, Phillip Mason, Rob McCormack, Gerald McCoy , Chris McMahon, Don McQueen (Froth), Jim McPherson, Bruce Mercer, Aivo Merimets,  Bill Miller, Jody Moore (Green Locomotive News), Steve Morris, Terry Muirhead (VIA News), Dan Murrell, Cal Murray, Peter Murphy (CRHA), Jason Noe (Railpace), Tim Organ, Ken Patton, Mark A. Perry, Mike Pebesma (CRO), Donna Peters (CRO), Alex Pallo Jr., George Pitarys, Mike Ray, John Read “GR17f” (CRO), Myles Roach, Earl Roberts (Branchline), Mike Robin (ONR), Kris Rumbut, George Redmond, Wayne D. Shaw (ONR), Wilco van Schoonhoven (CP), Cor van Steenis (CP), Avrom Shtern (AMT),   Paul Smith, Tracy Smith, Jon Snook, Doug Sword, Patrick Taillon, Steve Thomas, Lorence Toutant, Jean-François Turcotte (AMT News),  Ron Visockis, Dennis Weber, Craig Williams, Doug Wilson, Alex Wood (CRO), 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 Don, Marc, Patrick, Peter, Mike, James, John, Michel, Denis, Richard,  Antonio, Mustafa, et tous mes amis à la St-Luc Diesel Shop.


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