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Hello Will,

I don't know if many individuals have thanked you over the years, but I want to thank you for CRO and having kept it free for so long. Yes I was a free-loader! However I greatly appreciate the financial burden you cast upon yourself for all those years and I'd rather thank you by now subscribing, rather then just saying ``thank you`` by email, and  reading stuff one month later!


I believe we almost met once in the summer of 2009 at the AMFM. Someone had said Will Baird was here and they went to get the others. I do not recall having presented myself to you though. Another coincidence is I was assigned during my probation your old portion of the layout where the transfer facility with the grain silo is just to the south east of the central passenger station. A bloody shame the layout had to be dismantled.

I don't know many connected rail folks in our great city, more due to the fact i'm a modeling hermit. I'd love to pick up lunch or coffee or a few drinks, whatever is your pleasure to thank you for all that you've done for Canadian railfans.

Thanks again,

Mark Charlebois

Montreal, QC


Thanks so much Mark.  We will meet up when we can.  -WB

Hello Will,

How are you?  I have done a great railfaning trip since the last time we talk. Many former US and Canada SD´s arrived in Brazil since then. Most of then are running as BB40-3 now, plus some former SD40T-2 now rebuilt to BB40T-3. I enclose some photos to you. I was in US last July, visiting Florida and Georgia. I took some photos of CSX and  two shortlines there. It was a great trip. I would like to visit Canada also, but the visa to Canada is a  bit more complicated to get than the US one. In the past we could visit Canada if we had the US visa, but now we need a visa to Canada even if we just want to visit the border. I was in Montana in 2011 but I could not enter Canada to see some trains. I could spend some money there, but I was forced to spend then in US. But one day I can be there visiting your great country.

Keep in touch!

Pedro Rezend


From The Editor

William Baird

By now you will have noticed CRO has two new columns!  Our CRO Production Assistant Michael Berry has an extensive collection of railroad books and beginning this month, his "Off The Shelf" column will review books and DVDs that he feels are pertinent and would appeal to CRO readers.   Feel free to drop him your comments and suggestions, and keep us up to speed on book announcements that we may have missed. 

As well, CRO would like to welcome Mark Forseille as our new West Coast Express News Editor.  Please forward any WCE News items and photo to dmarkforseille@telus.net

CRO is also pleased to welcome Craig McDowell of MCM Rail Videos our new sponsor for the CRO monthly photo contest.  Craig will Judge all the photos entered each month and he alone will choose the winning entry which will be awarded the DVD of their choice.  The second and third place winners receive CLUB CRO V.I.P. access for 6 months.   Please send submissions to Graig at:  iloverailroads@me.com


With CRO FACEBOOK over 3,300 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 are busy sending PASSWORD emails to all new subscribers,  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


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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.

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