Saturday, August 2, 2014

Catskill Rail & Museum Trip

The ERA, with co-sponsorship by the NY Railroad Enthusiasts, is pleased to announce a day trip to see the historic transportation institutions of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Ride the Delaware & Ulster Railroad and visit the New York Trolley Museum in Kingston.

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Labor Day weekend, August 30–September 2, 2014

Minneapolis-St. Paul Convention

The 2014 Annual Convention will be held on Labor Day weekend, August 30–September 2, 2014 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The luxurious Hotel Minneapolis will be our headquarters and the site of our 2014 Annual Banquet. Activities will include a scenic railroad trip along Lake Superior, visits to two historic railroad depots (including lunch in one), trolley rides at three museums, and tours of the Northstar commuter rail and Metro Transit’s two light rail lines, one of which is opening in June 2014.

June 20th Status Update

We are approaching 80 members and their significant others who have booked rooms in our convention headquarters, the Marriott’s Hotel Minneapolis Autograph Collection. If you plan on attending, the time to book your room is NOW. The Hotel Minneapolis has generously extended the supply of king bedrooms for one person or couples. A few two-bed queen bedrooms are available, although the discounted $99 and $104 rates may be in short supply or sold out for the night of September 2 to September 3 for both the king and queen bedrooms. Reservations close by August 11 or when the discounted room rates sell out, whichever comes first. After that, higher priced rooms may be available at the Hotel Minneapolis, or feel free to book at one of the other fine nearby Downtown Minneapolis hotels.

Regardless of the hotel occupancy, ERA will accept up to 100 total reservations for the planned tours to Duluth and throughout the Twin Cities areas. A complete package including all tours and the Annual Banquet is only $240.

Minneapolis’ second light rail line, the 11-mile METRO Green Line connecting Downtown Minneapolis (one block from our hotel) and Downtown St. Paul, opened to huge crowds on Saturday, June 14, both on time and on budget. So, one of our signature tour visits is now open for business!

If you’ve been thinking about attending the 2014 ERA convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul on Labor Day weekend, the time to book is NOW! After the block sells out, additional rooms will sell at the regular rate, which is 80% higher, or you’ll have to book at other nearby, more expensive, hotels.

Come one and come all to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Book now, and don’t delay!

Trip Plans for 2014

  • Saturday, August 2: Ride the Delaware & Ulster Railroad and visit the New York Trolley Museum in Kingston
  • August 30–September 2: Minneapolis-St. Paul Convention
  • Sunday, September 28: Metro-North New Haven Shop and Shore Line Trolley Museum
  • Saturday, November 8: Ride on NJ Transit/Metro-North to Port Jervis

February 27, 2014

Join Our Facebook Group

In a little over three years, over 300 very active rail fans have joined our Facebook group. Created on February 3, 2011 by longtime ERA member Philip Hom, the ERA group is an eclectic mix of member photos, trip and meeting notices, and other news. Check it out!