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.
Malcom Kenton - VIA Rail Co-ordinator
Born in 1985 in New York City, raised in North Carolina and now residing in Washington, DC, Malcolm Kenton is a freelance writer, researcher, multimedia communications professional, passenger rail industry consultant and train travel connoisseur. Having grown up watching trains on the Norfolk Southern main line and riding tourist trains and rail transit around New York, he has been using trains as a primary means of intercity transportation since the early 2000s. He has ridden trains all around North America and parts of Europe. His professional focus is on achieving sustainable economic development and human-scaled communities through a robust multi-modal transportation system centered around a network of high-performance local, regional, and inter-regional passenger trains. His other interests include blues, jazz, classic country/western and American roots music, record collecting and baseball.
Tony Vandenberg - CRO "RAILFAN SIDE OF THE TRACKS" Columnist
Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, has always had a love for trains ever since his parents bought him a model Lionel "O" scale trainset as a child for Christmas in the mid 70's. Now an avid railfan for the last few years who enjoys spending time trackside in all seasons in and around Edmonton and parts of western Canada making high quality videos for his Youtube channel here.
MATT RYAN - SR. ADMINISTRATOR CRO 3.0 FACEBOOK PAGE
Matt is an American born professional photographer and public relations specialist currently residing in Western Labrador along the route of the Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway. The son of a locomotive engineer and a banker from West Virginia, he has spent his entire life around the railroad and particularly heavy haul railroading. He has traveled the world for work and railfanning, but his love for Canada and Canadian railways remain at the top of his list. He happily spends his free time with his family at trackside and operating ham radio in the ultra-remote boreal forests of Northern Quebec and the taiga of Labrador. Matt is responsible for administrating and updating our CRO 3.0 Facebook page.
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