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Photo: Andrew Grahl (Aug 29, 2021)

The presenter of our November show is ERA Program Chairman and transit professional Andrew Grahl. Andrew’s show will consist of the following:

  • Charlotte: The opening of Phase II of the Gold Line in August 2021
  • Traction News: Recent visits to Boston, Philadelphia, St. Paul and Washington, D.C.
  • Under Construction: Views of both Baltimore’s Green Line Extension and Maryland’s Purple Line will be shown
  • NYC Rail Update: Views of commuter rail, subways and freight railroads around the area
  • From the Scanner: Classic Kodachrome images of historic traction and rail subjects from around the country

A few railroad images from a recent road trip to see the South Shore and Metra in Chicago as well as railroads in Wisconsin and Minnesota will close out the presentation.

  November Meeting Notice

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.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to 34th Street in Bayonne, N.J. Photo: Sandy Campbell (June 24, 2007)

This month’s Zoom presentation by David Wilson is “Manhattan Transfer.” David’s show will trace the purposes, construction, expansion, decline and revival of transportation systems at the Hudson River waterfront from the first railroads to the introduction of present-day light rail and ferry service.

Manhattan Transfer was more than a fictional name for Penn Station immortalized in the titular novel by John Dos Passos. For nearly two centuries, eight railroads, streetcar operations and a subway line surmounted obstacles in northern New Jersey to reach the Hudson River waterfront where passengers could transfer to ferry boats or H&M subway trains to gain access to Manhattan.

This presentation is comprehensive, with many rare photos. It is not one to be missed!

  December Meeting Notice

Important Announcements!

President Bob Newhouser


ERA trips are back!

ERA annual conventions have returned. Our 2022 convention, based in San Diego from July 7-10, will be headquartered at the Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town in San Diego’s historic Old Town district. We have planned several exciting trips throughout Southern California. Check the ERA website soon and watch for our convention flyer in the December mailing for more details.

ERA international tours also return in 2022 with an exciting trip to Greece, starting and ending in Athens from September 8-17 (leaving the U.S. on September 7). We will travel on high-speed railways, a narrow-gauge steam train, and a luxury tour coach. Check the ERA website soon and watch for our tour flyer in the January mailing when “Transit and Tourism in Athens and Thessaloniki (Salonica)” will be covered in detail.

Save the date!

Our next Zoom meeting will be on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. The presenter will be Jack May.

Renew and vote!

It is that time of year for renewing your ERA membership for 2022 and voting for the 2022 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 the ERA website:

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

October 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!

October 1, 2021

Railroad Mayhem Evening

Presenters: C. Barney & D. Nelson
Wisconsin NRHS

October 2, 2021

Trackless Trolley Potpourri

Presenter: Donald Nevin
Boston Street Railway Assoc.

October 4, 2021

Nashville: 2017! (NRHS)

Presenter: Cora Sowa
New York Chapter NRHS

October 5, 2021

Working on the Durango & Silverton

Presenter: Bruce du Fresne
Bytown Railway Society

October 7, 2021

TBD

Presenter: TBD
Cincinnati Railroad Club

October 8, 2021

Sperry Rail Services

Presenter: Kermit Geary Jr.
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society

October 13, 2021

TBD

Presenter: TBD
20th Century Railroad Club

October 14, 2021

Teasside Trolleybuses

Presenter: Martin Eady
National Trolleybus Association

October 15, 2021

A Feast of Deck Roof Cars

Presenters: Dr. Rich Allman & Charles Long
Electric Railroaders Assoc.

Ding Car Collectibles

Presenter: John Fowler
DC NRHS

October 16, 2021

Buses in Michigan

Presenter: Dave Decsman
Cincinnati Transit Historical Assoc.

October 18, 2021

TTC Centennial

Presenter: Adam Zhelka
Toronto Transportation Society

October 19, 2021

Railfanning During Covid-19

Presenter: Bob Kaplan
Potomac Chapter NRHS

Online Slideshow

Presenters: Five Photographers
Wisconsin NRHS

October 21, 2021

TBD

Presenter: TBD
Arkansas-Boston Mountains NRHS

Tracking the Light

Presenter: Brian Solomon
Mass. Bay Railroad Enthusiasts

October 22, 2021

TBD

Presenter: J Harvey Koehn
Kansas City NRHS

Pandemic Railfanning

Presenter: Andrew Grahl
New York Railroaders Enthusiasts

October 27, 2021

Trolleys in Chocolate Town: Hershey Transit

Presenter: George Gula
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

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.

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