Hello William:

I wanted to congratulate you on your decision to begin offering paid subscriptions to Canadian Railway Observations. I think the time has finally arrived where digital media sites such as CRO can no longer afford to offer their services and information for free. I have struggled with competing with this issue for a number of years now as it pertains to print vs electronic. As it turns out, the sharing of information is not really 'free' after all - there is a cost to it. One day soon, you might need a subscription to Wikipedia, too!

I have always admired the work that you and your team of editors have accomplished over the years - CRO is a valued source for all those interested in train-related information. And you have a wonderful and dedicated contributor base. I began Railfan Canada magazine a few years ago with the same type of goal in mind, as another source for those interested in train-related information. I don't see a direct conflict between our two 'publications',  but rather a positive cross-over effect and complimentary relationship and goal of sharing information with readers. Our mandate at RFC is more toward presenting story line presentations where as CRO's presentation is geared toward offering readers more of the technical side of railways. There is room for both as I'm sure you will agree.

Should you be interested, William, we are able to offer CRO an advertising exchange whereas we would be happy to run a 1/6 page size ad in RFC for you to market to potential subscribers in exchange for a banner ad on CRO for us to do the same. With that exchange, a complimentary copy of Railfan Canada magazine would be issued.

Again, congratulations on your step forward and I will look forward to hearing from you, William.


Morgan Turney - Publisher

North Kildonan Publications - Railfan Canada magazine

Hi Will, Ryan Ho here from Toronto, Ontario.

I think some of your CRO`s members might be interested in the following:

On April 3rd, 2012 at approximately around 1400 hrs, I happened to catch the middle-end of a triplet of EMD SD40-2`s pulling a MOW Train out of CP Toronto Yard and heading westbound. I never seen these type of rollingstock, but not until this day which is kinda unique. I did some research and I think the train will be dropping off these MOW Bunkbed Cars in various places for MOW crews as living quarters.



Ryan Ho

Toronto, ON

Timothy Organ emailed us the following former Canadian National and Canadian Pacific power he found on the web:    

FORMER CN SW1200RS 1344 






From The Editor

William Baird – Canadian Railway Observations Editor

CLUB CRO Launches May 2012:

As you are now all aware, our CLUB CRO officially launched 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.
If you have not so, please take the time to sign up today.

If you have not so, please take the time to sign up today.


Email to "CRO Editor" <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.   (William Baird)

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 used in May.


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