PTC 2532 on Wayne Avenue, Philadelphia. Photo: Ray Berger (1963)

The featured speakers of our October presentation will be Dr. Rich Allman and Charles Long of the East Penn Traction Club. They will make two presentations, one being a survey of deck roof cars throughout the U.S., followed by an in-depth survey of Philadelphia PCC car operation, both with many historic photos.

  October Meeting Notice

Important Announcements: President Bob Newhouser

Save the Date! Our next Zoom meeting will be on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Our presenter will be none other than ERA’s Program Chairman Andrew Grahl. His program will be announced in the next meeting notice.

Renew and Vote! It’s that time of year for renewing your ERA membership for 2022 and voting for the 2022 ERA board of directors. We have mailed each of you a printed form for your renewal. OR, if you prefer, renew quickly online as well as vote for your 2022 directors on the following pages of our website:

Donate! ERA greatly appreciates your prompt membership renewals and your donations. It’s our primary source of income and makes possible the monthly programming, Bulletin issues and the Headlights magazine that we all count on and enjoy!

Please visit this page for the link to join our Zoom presentation. We will post the “Zoom Login” button about five days before the meeting.

Composite Photo: Sandy Campbell

By now, all ERA members whose dues are paid up through 2020 should be receiving a copy of Eric Oszustowicz’s The Elevated Railways of Brooklyn and the BMT Subway, Volume One: 1864-1940. This incredible 436-page book counts as the 2019 and 2020 issues of Headlights. Copies are also available for sale on our Publication Sales page. If you haven’t received your book by July 15th, or you have any other problems, please complete our contact form.


Our monthly meetings will be held via Zoom until we give prior notice of a new hotel location and we are authorized to hold live meetings again. Starting with the June 2020 meeting, Zoom presentations are being recorded and posted here and on our YouTube channel, ERA-TV. Recordings will become available for viewing approximately two weeks after each meeting.

Slideshow (1 of 7): The ERA Membership Card Collector Series. Card Design: Sandy Campbell

We’re proud to introduce the 2022 ERA Membership eCard, photographed by Ron Yee and featuring the Miami Metrorail approaching Government Center. Our Membership Card is now digital, so you can keep it with you on your phone for easy access. And for the first time, the complete series is available as high-res PDFs, suitable for printing and framing. Download all seven today!

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Please take a moment to complete our online 2022 Dues Renewal Form. We look forward to your continued support of the ERA’s long record of traction education and entertainment.


Members, feel free to share this page with your friends. If they enjoy our Zoom programs, they can join the ERA right now using our 2022 New Member Application Form. Digital dues are $60 and members receive the monthly Bulletin via email. All-print dues are $110 per year. Those under 30 years are eligible for $30 youth dues. All three memberships include either an annual print copy of the color Headlights magazine or a book every two years.


We have a huge selection of Headlights in both print and PDF editions, plus The Elevated Railways of Brooklyn and the BMT Subway book, all available for immediate purchase online. Plus, our convenient Publication Sales section is cleaner and easier to use than ever before.

Zoom Meeting Calendar

September 2021

The Zoom Meeting Calendar is a new monthly feature compiled by ERA member George Chiasson Jr. Zoom presentations are happening at transit clubs all across the country, and now you won’t have to miss a single one. Thank you, George!

September 8

How Best To Grow Intercity Rail Passengers

Presenter: Andrew Selden
20th Century Railroad Club

September 10

Steam to Diesel on LV Buffalo Division

Presenter: Mark Charles
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society

Open Monthly Meeting

Presenters: Membership
East Penn Traction Club

Illinois Terminal

Presenter: Harvey S. Laner
Central Electric Railfans Assoc.

Members Favorite Slide Night

Presenters: Membership
NRHS Wisconsin

September 11

Barns in W Roxbury Brookline & Brighton

Presenter: Leo Sullivan
Boston Street Railway Assoc.

September 13


Presenter: Robert Lubinski
Toronto Transportation Society

September 14

Creating a Railroad Museum in Perris

Presenter: Harvey Laner
RLHS, Southern California Chapter

September 16

High Speed Rail International

Presenter: Malcolm Cleveland
Arkansas-Boston Mountains NRHS

Chapter Auction (Included)

Presenter: Philadelphia Chapter
NRHS Philadelphia Chapter

September 17

PCC: The Amazing Streamlined Streetcar

Presenter: Tony Schill
Electric Railroaders Assoc.

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

Presenter: YBD

September 18

Acquiring PRR Car 8404: The Catalpa Falls

Presenter: Eric Payne
New England Chapt. PRRT&HS

2016 Trip To New Zealand

Presenter: Jim Bainter
Cincinnati Transit Historical Assoc.

Video: Rail Freight Action 1991

Presenter: (late) Richard S. Menkel
New York Chapter NRHS

September 21

Contemporary California

Presenter: Alex Mayes
Potomac Chapter NRHS

Behind the Amherst Railway Show

Presenter: John Sacerdote
Mass. Bay Railroad Enthusiasts

PRC Interurbans: 1960-Present

Presenter: Richard Aaron
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

September 24


Presenter: TBD
Kansas City NRHS

London Underground Metropolitan Line

Presenter: Steve Kalka
New York Railroaders Enthusiasts

Free PDFs of vintage ERA memorabilia are now available for viewing online or download. Composite Photo: Sandy Campbell

When Ray Berger passed away in 2016, he left a trove of transportation memorabilia he had been collecting for decades. Jeff Erlitz and Noah Caplin have been hard at work sorting through these archives. Jeff has scanned a bunch of the vintage items they found, presented here for our members to enjoy.


Our new Periodicals landing page gathers all of our ERA magazines and newsletters in one spot for easy access.


Created in 2011 by Philip Hom, our Facebook page is the place to go for the latest news from ERA members.


Our frequently updated Twitter feed is written by Alexander ‘Sasha’ Ivanoff, a contributing editor to the Bulletin.


Fascinating member videos, including some of our monthly meetings, can be watched on our YouTube channel.


Every back issue since 2002 of the Bulletin and previews of Headlights since 1996 can be found on our Issuu page.