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Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, November 4, 2022

The Annual Membership Meeting of the ERA will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, at Manducatis Restaurant, located at 13-27 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

There will be a cash bar opening at 7 p.m. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 p.m., and a complimentary dinner will be served following the meeting. We have room for 50 paid-up ERA members, so please reserve your space as soon as possible by registering now.

Jerome Horne, director of transit leadership development at TransitCenter, will be our keynote speaker. TransitCenter is a foundation that works to improve public transit in cities across the U.S. This meeting will be recorded and posted on ERA-TV. There will be no live Zoom meeting.

Register today and download our Annual Meeting Notice to read about the nomination process for the ERA Board of Directors.


Alfred G. Gaus, Jr., a loyal ERA member since June 1968 (#3787), died on July 3 in Philadelphia. He was 75.

Al was born April 1, 1947 in Vienna. As an infant, Al’s family moved to the Brewerytown neighborhood of North Philadelphia where he spent his early years. He later became a long-term resident of the Fox Chase neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia and worked for the claims/legal department of SEPTA until his retirement. Al participated in many of the ERA’s European trips and was really happy when the ERA ran a trip to Austria. Al was also an active member of the East Penn Traction Club.

A memorial gathering for Al will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts / CCA at Elkins Central. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Sandy Campbell composite photo

Extra copies of Eric Oszustowicz’s The Elevated Railways of Brooklyn and the BMT Subway, Volume One: 1864-1940 are still available for sale on our Publication Sales page. This incredible 436-page book counted as the 2019 and 2020 issues of Headlights.



Members, feel free to share this page with your friends. If they enjoy our Zoom programs, your friends can join the ERA for 2023 right now using our 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.



You can now renew your ERA membership for 2023. Please take a moment to complete our Dues Renewal Form.

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 Headlights magazine that we all count on and enjoy!



Thank you very much to those of you who have already made generous contributions to support our programs in 2022. The membership’s response to our fund drive has been outstanding! If you have not already done so, please consider a donation this year to help ERA continue its nearly 90-year record of traction education and entertainment. Our Donation Form makes it much easier to contribute!

Donations are tax deductible: The ERA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation. Your donations are fully tax deductible and can be made using the new donation form on our website.

Shop using AmazonSmile: Each time you shop on Amazon, use our unique charity link AmazonSmile ERA and 0.5% of your purchase will go to the ERA!


We’re proud to announce the 2023 ERA Membership Card, photographed in 1990 by Bulletin Editor-in-Chief Jeff Erlitz from his Headlights 2021 article on East German Traction.

Our membership cards are now digital. Upload them to your phone for easy access, or print them if you want to add your name and membership number.

The complete set of 2016-2023 membership cards is available as high-res PDFs, suitable for printing and framing. Click an image to enlarge; click a caption to download the PDF.

2023 PDF

2022 PDF

2021 PDF

2020 PDF

2019 PDF

2018 PDF

2017 PDF

2016 PDF

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.

Free PDFs of vintage ERA memorabilia are now available for viewing online or download. Sandy Campbell composite photo

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.

ERA Periodicals

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.