William H. Baird - Editor
Founder of the (Canadian Railway) Observations newsletter in 1989 and a fan of trains since birth,
William H. Baird has lived in Montreal and London, England and works in the computer industry.
William is also an avid HO scale model railroader and has been a member of the NMRA since 1988.
William founded CRO for the first time in 1989 which was then
called "Observations" and mailed out. William is well known in railroad
Jody Moore - Green Rail News
After collaborating with Will Baird for several months, Jody Moore joined the CRO team in August,
2008. He is a lifelong railfan and long-time rail industry worker, having worked as a conductor
for the Port of Tillamook Bay railroad, and more recently, technical writer for the now defunct
Colorado Railcar Manufacturing. Following the collapse of CRM, he moved back to his home state
of Washington, where he is now living on the Kitsap Peninsula.
In addition of CRO, Jody's 21-year writing career has included several articles for Trains and
Railfan and Railroad magazines, and has been a staff writer for the Tri-City Herald newspaper.
He's done various freelance writing jobs for several other newspapers as well. He is the webmaster
of several railfan websites, including the
Green Goats Rosters
POTB Railfan's Guide.
Tim Hayman - VIA Rail East Coordinator
Tim Hayman was born in 1989, and
developed a love for trains at a very early age. At the age of 5, a
move to Johnstown ON brought Tim to within sight of CN’s Kingston
subdivision, a dream come true for the young railfan. After
countless hours spent trackside, Tim fell in love with VIA Rail. Tim
is also an avid HO scale model railroader, with a primary focus on
modern day VIA Rail in southeastern Ontario. Tim completed a B.Sc.
at St. FX University in 2011, and is currently pursuing a Master’s
Degree at Dalhousie in Halifax. Although there are many things to
love about the east coast, Tim has been happiest for the excuse to
ride VIA’s “The Ocean” many times for trips home to Ontario. Tim
joined CRO in early 2011, and is excited to be able to bring his
passion for all things VIA Rail to the Canadian railfan community.
Michael Berry - CRO Production Assistant
Michael was born in
1979 and has resided in the Montreal West area ever since, thus
heightening his interest in trains. A rush hour spent at the Montreal
West stations is a favorite activity of his, though he wishes The
Canadian and The Montreal Limited would still run through Montreal
West. He is an active photographer and is always anxious to check out
new tourist railroads and museums, as well as to be present for any
special railway events (i.e. last runs, holiday trains, etc). He is a
member of the CRHA and the RLHS and can be found at Exporail at least
once a month.
Walter E Pfefferle - Webmaster
Walter has returned
to CRO and has taken over all web responsibility as well as all graphic
production as of Sept 2015. He
was born in Hamilton Ontario and grew up living beside the CN Grimsby
sub. Walter has been involved in photography for over 40 years and has
now embraced digital photography. He is the webmaster for
Ontario Southland Railways and the
Fostoria Rail Preservation Society. He also maintains his own web
He has over 12,000 of his photos on his
greb site and also has
over 1000 videos on
Walter has also had
photos published in Trains, Railfan Canada, Canada Train Travel and
other magazines as well as on company web sites.
Steven Rathke - Special
Correspondent - South of the Border
Steve loves everything that is train
related. His dad started him into railroad photography in the early
80's. You may have seen his photos in Trains, Trains Illustrated,
Railpace, CTC Board, and Railroads Illustrated. Conrail, Norfolk
Southern, and Montana Rail Link have also published his images in
corporate projects. Steve's first job on the
railroad was as a steward on private car Lehigh Valley 353, also known
as the "Black Diamond." From 1981 through 1994, he logged over 100,000
miles in on board service. He has been behind the throttle
operating trains for Conrail and Norfolk Southern for over 20 years. Steve has built a railroad museum in his basement, which surrounds a
large freelanced HO layout. Steve and his
wife Renee reside in Holland, Ohio, with their furry companion Reese.ng with their four legged friend Reese,
they reside in Holland, Ohio.
Terry Muirhead - VIA Rail West Coordinator
Terry was born and raised in Vancouver. He has lived there all his
life. Terry has done several trips on VIA Rail including the following
trains....The Canadian between Vancouver-Toronto several times, The
Ocean several times Montreal-Halifax, Corridor Trains Toronto-Montreal,
Toronto-Ottawa, Montreal-Ottawa, Toronto-Niagara Falls, Montreal-Quebec
City all several times, & The Churchill Train Winnipeg-Churchill & back.
Terry has got a lot of knowledge on VIA Rail, its
trains, services, and onboard services. Terry also has a few friends at
VIA Rail in Vancouver.
Don McQueen - Collaborator (EMCC Diary)
Don McQueen, born in Toronto in 1938, was raised in Brockville, Ontario.
His interest in Canadian railway history developed at an early age,
and his articles, and contributions have appeared in a number of
Canadian books and publications, including Branchline, CN Lines (SIG), Canadian
Rail, Extra 2200 South, Kingston Rail, Locomotive Notes II, and Upper
Canada Railway Society's Newsletter/Rail & Transit. He is also the
author of "Constructed in Kingston" which is Don's premier Canadian
railway history reference to date. With co-author Bill Thomson that
volume chronicled the history, in text and image, of the Canadian
Locomotive Companies of Kingston from 1854 to 1968. Living in
London resulted in a keen interest in locomotive production at GM..
Earl Roberts - Senior News
Paul Donovan - Eastern
Regional Rail News Editor
Paul Donovan is the Eastern
Regional Railways editor for CRO. He grew up along the New Haven
(winter) and Canadian Pacific (summer), and is a lifelong railfan. Paul
worked for both Amtrak and briefly, Chessie System as a contractor on
the Chessie Steam Special. He is retired, having worked extensively in
the U.S. Defense Industry, publishing, and as a general contractor. He
is a graduate of Niagara University.
Patrick McKie - Ontario
Regional Rail News Editor
Raised in the small town
of Rutherglen, Ontario (Just a few mile east of the CPR first spike
location); Pat grew up watching the CPR freight trains roll east and
west. Now living in North Bay Ontario; He can be seem rail fanning the
ONR, OVR and CNR alongside of three kids now and then. The ONR shops and
contracts provide a variety of power and cars though out the area. Pat
works in the Security field and is a volunteer with the Mattawa, ON
Museum, and is currently working on a model railway display with the
Museum. He also collect railroad artifact, researches the history of the
area and has his own HO Scale layout in his basement.
Brian Peters - CRO Consultant
Brian lives in Surrey, BC
and grew up the son of a CPR Express employee. He traveled everywhere on
CPR (The Dominion, The Canadian, The Kootenay and Kettle Valley trains),
CNR, GNR and PGE trains out of Vancouver and he still enjoys travel on
many trains across Canada and the USA. Semi-retired, married 39 years
and enjoying cruising and rail journeys with many more to experience. He
has been a member over the years of CRHA- PCD, NRHS-BC Chapter, KVSR and
recently joined the Fraser Valley Railway Heritage Society. He enjoys
HO scale modelling but doesn't have one of his own....at this time. He
models CPR and TH&B (1950 - 1968). He has enjoyed CRO for the past 5
years or so and looks forward to assisting as/where needed.,
and the North East United States.
Kenneth Reiss - CRO Production Consultant
Ken was born and
raised in Sudbury, ON. Ken is a consultant in the industrial
automation and manufacturing IT fields and volunteers as a NORM&HC
board member. He is married and has 2 daughters, one of which is a
young railfan in the making! Sudbury is an exciting place for
railfans with CN, CP, HCRY, RLK, VIA, Vale, and Glencore all running
trains in the area. Sudbury is also home to 2 railroad repair
shops. Desiel Electric Services (DESX) has shops in the Sudbury
yard, on the east end of the city next to CN's line, and to the
north of the city next to CP's line. National Rail Equipment (NREX)
has a shop in the Capreol yard next to CN.
Mike Robin - ONR News Coordinator
Jean-Francois Turcotte - AMT News
"Born in 1978,
Jean-François grew up in Roxboro,QC, observing CN's 1918-era Boxcab
electrics pulling strings of old Pullman heavyweight commuter coaches
dating back from the 1920's. Although the venerable electrics were
retired in 1995 and replaced by modern MR-90 EMU's, Jean-François's
interest in railfanning and professional railroading never faded.
Jean-François is currently working on transit scheduling and
operation-management softwares, a job which is keeping him busy
travelling around the World visiting various bus and rail operators."
John S Jeffery -
John has been an active railfan since 1944 ,watching British Rail
Southern Region trains at Hayes station in Kent, England. Since coming
to Canada in 1949, he developed a strong interest in the London division
of Canadian Pacific, while watching steam trains at the CP station in
Galt, ON. He has been an HO scale modeler since 1954, when he received
a OO scale Trix Twin model train set. He is interested in both steam
and diesel from the 1940’s onward. He has driven a D&H Alco PA, rode on
the Chessie SD35 Sand Patch helpers from Hyndman Tower, and enjoyed many
happy hours of railfanning in Southern Ontario, Quebec, and the North
East United States.
John Read - GR17F Coordinator