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From The Editor

William Baird

Dear Readers,  

CLUB CRO launched May 1st and thanks to the major effort by our webmaster Mike Robin, it went very well.  A big thank you, to all our readers, supporters, and advertisers who cared enough to help CRO continue.  The first week did have a few gremlins, specifically a few readers were unable to utilize their assigned passwords but by the end of the week, it was smooth sailing again.  Most everyone got their Password in a timely fashion too.  One thing we learned … shorter Passwords proved superior to the long ones, and going forward we will be using user friendly passwords only.

Obviously, with paid subscription our overall reader numbers declined somewhat, but we anticipated this in our decision.  CLUB CRO subscribers continue to sign up daily, and we expect a mad rush with the posting of the June 2012 issue.       

Last month, I missed the email announcement of the May issue, but I have created a new mailing list and you should have received the June CRO announcement.  IF NOT … EMAIL ME PLEASE!

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 around $2 an issue, with the previous issues 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 personalized service from Mike Robin and myself, email me for what ver reason.  We will email NEW ISSUE ANNOUNCEMENTS on the first of each month, and updates if needed.  CLUB CRO Subscriber’s “user name” is your email address, and your assigned “password” will open it.     



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



CRO Facebook continues to grow with almost 3000 fans! Thanks you for your support! We invite you to visit our new CRO Facebook page and post news photos at:



William H. Baird
CRO Editor


Thank You

Guy-Pascal Arcouette, Michael Berry (CRO), Christopher Bodkin, Kenneth Borg, Keith Bowler, Paul Burgess ,J-P Cadieux, Ian Campbell, Guilio Capuano, Andy Cassidy, Bruce Chapman, Warren Calloway,  Michael Da Costa, Michel Daoust (TSH), Jeremy Davy (WCRA),  Daniel Dell’Unto (GO News), Paul Donovan, Jim Dorst, Kevin Dunk, Joe Ferguson, Mark Forseille, Mike Garza, Chris Gertz, Al Gorney, Herb Hall, Tim Hayman (VIA News), Bruce Harvey, Bob Heathorn, Chris van der Heide, Frank Jolin, Kim Kafura, Wayne Koch, Ken Lanovich (CRO), Roman Litarchuk (CRO), Warren Mayhew, Conor Megaffin, Glen Mounk, 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), Peter Murphy (CRHA), Jason Noe (Railpace), Tim Organ, Mark Perry, Mike Pebesma (CRO), Donna Peters (CRO), Alex Pallo Jr., John Read “GR17f”, Earl Roberts (Branchline), Mike Robin (CRO), George Redmond, Wayne D. Shaw, Wilco van Schoonhoven, Cor van Steenis, Avrom Shtern, Chuck Schwesinger, Paul Smith, Andre St-Amant, Patrick Taillon, Jean-François Turcotte (AMT News),  Stephen Vallis, Christian Vazzaz, Ron Visockis, Dennis Weber, Ed Weisensel (CRO), John West, Stew Winstandley, Trevor Wiley, Randy Zarowny, 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.

Submit an Observation

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"

Submit a Photo

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"

DO NOT send me your entries for the monthly CRO PHOTO CONTEST PLEASE USE the submit link on the photo contest page.

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 hundreds of photos each month so must limit the sizes we receive.



© CRO June 2012