A splendid issue... you guys have come a long way... From this reader's point of view CRO is the best on line magazine around.  Nobody else even comes close. 

CRO has filled both a "want, and a need!" 

The best to all in the New Year!!


Deane Motis

Happy New Year to you William!


Thank you for choosing to feature my night photo from Port Henry, NY as "Photo of the month" in C.R.O.!   

The new look is most attractive to my eye. Very nice!  

Wishing you continued success and happiness in the new year!


Gary Knapp

Hinesburg, Vermont.

The new CRO really looks good Will, as do the great photos you have in every issue now. Plus, I like (the CRO INDEX), everything is easy to find,  separated by railway and region.

Jason Noe

Railpace - News from Canada

Kitchener, ON

Thanks William, for another excellent issue of the CRO.

This month I was especially was interested in the ONR pictures since my wife and I will be taking the Northlander up to Temagami as well as start a Rail Tour from Sudbury to White River, ON  in September 2012.  I last rode that part of  CP Rail when the Canadian went to Thunder Bay decades ago.

Keep up the great work.

Peter Payan

Montreal, QC

Re – “CN North America” painted rolling stock:  

This is the work car with the CN North American logo CN 59345 in Montreal in 1998. This article was in the January Issue of CRO

Andrew Blackburn

Clifton, NS


Dear Readers,

We received hundreds of emails complimenting us on our  “new look”, and fine January issue.  We are committed to continue to improve CRO, and we appreciate our dedicated news and photo contributors and of course, our readers. To all those who took the time to offer their comments, we thank you!.

Our CRO Facebook page continues to grow in leaps and bounds. In the last month our page had gained 150 new fans and the quality of the posts has increased exponentially.  Our “QUESTION” postings are well received, with an average of 5-20 replies on each.  CRO Facebook is a vehicle for novices to post photos and questions, along side photos from experienced railfans and their news sightings.  I invite  you to join in the fun.  

Only rules are, keep it pertinent, and of interest to our readers, Add a caption with date, location, etc, and limit your posts to three per day.  

Thanks to all who support the page and assist our efforts to promote CRO, and to those who initiate and guide our new CRO readers about Canadian railway locomotives!


The CRO Team.


ARE YOU SUBMITTING PHOTOS TO CRO FOR THE FIRST TIME?  PLEASE FOLLOW OUR GUIDELINES!  Photos are refused for several reasons… Please click here if you are sending us photos 

CPR Photo Roster:

Without question, my friend Wilco von Schoonhoven has compiled the best CP Photo roster on the internet.  Living miles away from CP trackage in the Netherlands, he fell in love with CP GE’s on his first of many visits to BC and Alberta.  His CPR DIESEL ROSTER webpage has photos contributed by many well-known photographers  including several CRO contributors. The photo roster is fully complete with every diesel model CP ever had on their roster past and present, and it is regularly updated!


Virtual Tour of GE:  (Thanks Don!) CLICK HERE

Check out this amazing shot by Steve Danko:(fromRandy Zarowny and Daniel Dell’Unto with thanks).


It shows the last VIA #12  (Van-Tor) coming off the CP line into Toronto on June 17 1979, the day that the transcon schedules flipped to a CN-routed train out of Toronto. The train consist is virtually pure CN, but reached Toronto over the CP route. Power is two CP roadswitchers - one a GP9, very rare for eastern lines. 



William H. Baird

CRO Editor


Jesse Acorn, Larry Amaloo, Carl Becker, Andrew Blackburn, Guy-Pascal Arcouette, Sam Beck, Marshall Beecher ,William Beecher Jr, Alex Berisha,Michael Berry (CRO), James A. Brown, J-P Cadieux, Guilio Capuano, Andy Cassidy, Bruce Chapman, Nick Chase, Michel Daoust (TSH), Daniel Dell’Unto (GO News), Kevin Dunk, Jeff Faherty, Bernie Feltman, Joe Ferguson, Mark Forseille, Dan Garcia, Mike Garza, Chris Gertz, Robby Gragg, Tom Grumley, Bruce Harvey, Tim Hayman (VIA News), Bob Heathorn, Chris van der Heide, Stephen C. Host, Frank Jolin,Craig Konopski, Roger Lalonde, Ken Lanovich (CRO), Roman Litarchuk (CRO), Doug MacKenzie, Philip Martin, Phillip Mason,  Chris McMahon, Don McQueen (Froth), Jim Matuska, Bruce Mercer, Aivo Merimets, Jody Moore (Green Locomotive News), Terry Muirhead (VIA News), Peter Murphy (CRHA), Brian Nicholson, Jason Noe (Railpace), Tim Organ, Robert O’Shaughnessy, Mark Perry, Mike Pebesma (CRO), Donna Peters (CRO), Matt Petersen, Jay Potter, John Read “GR17f”, Yves Renaud, Earl Roberts (Branchline), Mike Robin (CRO), George Redmond, Bill Sanderson R.I.P,Carl Schnurr, Wayne D. Shaw, Wilco van Schoonhoven, Jack Smith, Cor van Steenis, Avrom Shtern, Jean-François Turcotte (AMT News),  Ron Visockis, Ed Weisensel (CRO), David Wilkerson, Chris Wilson,  Randy Zarowny, Joe Zika, Paul F. Zuzich, the Bridge Line Historical Society, the Canadian Trackside Guide, Progressive Railroading, and White River Productions Inc..  Merci Marc, Peter, Mike, James, John, Michel, Tony, Denis, Richard, Mohammed, et tous mes amis à la St-Luc Diesel Shop.


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 News & Photo Submission


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 Photo Submissions

Note: Photos submitted to CRO should be 1000 pixels wide max and no bigger than 500 K in size.


Please follow these photo submission guidelines  to make sure your photos are accepted.

As you can appreciate we receive 100's of photos each month so must limit the sizes we receive.


We look forward to your submissions.



© CRO February 2012