Tram 736 (“The Frigate”) is in the loop as 733/734 (“The Train Tram”) departs Pleasure Beach in Blackpool for the Illuminations and Little Bispham. Photo: Peter Ehrlich (October 13, 2015)

Noted traction author and retired San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar motorman Peter Ehrlich is our speaker for this month’s program. His presentation will focus on trams in Milan, Blackpool, England, and Phoenix, San Francisco and Chicago.

Peter worked at the San Francisco Municipal Railway from 1979 to 2005, the last 10 years being assigned to PCCs, Milan trams and vintage cars running on the F-Market & Wharves line. He continues to document traction across North America and Europe. His book, “San Francisco’s F-Line,” is available through the ERA HERE. Follow the directions to get the ERA’s $20 discount.

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.

The 2017-2021 ERA Membership Card Collector Series

Please take a moment to complete our online 2021 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 2021 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 amazing Elevated Railways of Manhattan 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

April 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!

April 2, 2021

Taking Trips the Second Time

Bob Gallegos
Wisconsin NRHS

Illinois Terminal: Past, Present & Modeling

Presenter: Adam Eyring
East Penn Traction Club

April 3, 2021

New York, Poland and Ukraine

Presenter: Eric Oszustowicz

April 5, 2021

Bridges and Railways Around Kansas City, Missouri

Presenter: Cora Sowa
New York City NRHS

April 7, 2021

The 1904 World’s Fair, TTs and Ads

Presenter: David Huelsing
St. Louis NRHS

Pittsburgh to McKeesport by Trolley

Presenter: Russ Jackson
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

April 8, 2021

Behind the Iron Curtain in the 1970s

Presenter: Peter Haseldine
Nat’l Trolleybus Assoc.

April 9, 2021

Traction Wanderlust, 1955-1958

Presenter: Harvey Laner

The Phoebe Snow 1949-66, NY-Buffalo

Presenter: David J. Monte Verde
Anthracite RR Hist Soc Inc

April 12, 2021

50 Years of Transit Photography

Presenter: Angus McIntyre

April 14, 2021

History of Orion Buses

Presenter: Ken Nicol
Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation

April 15, 2021

The Big Four in Indiana

Presenter: Roger Hensley
Cincinnati Railroad Club

Hobo & Winnipesaukee Railroads

Presenter: Ben Clark
Mass. Bay Railroad Enthusiasts


Presenter: Unknown
NRHS Philadelphia Chapter


Presenter: Unknown
Arkansas-Boston Mountains NRHS

April 16, 2021

Scanned Transit Slides From Collection

Presenter: Ron Yee
Electric Railroaders’ Assoc.


Presenter: Unknown
Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS

April 17, 2021

Cincinnati’s Inclines

Presenter: Phil Lind
Cincinnati Transit Historical Assoc.

April 20, 2021

City of New Orleans, a Train, a Song

Presenter: Craig Sanders
Potomac Chapter

Cincinnati and its Inclines

Presenter: Phil Lind
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

April 23, 2021

Pennsylvania and the Midwest — 2019 Trip

Presenter: George Chiasson
New York Railroaders Enthusiasts

Via Local Newsletter

Presenter: Unknown
Kansas City NRHS

May 10, 2021

Transit Photography Year in 1976

Presenter: Paul Bateson

May 12, 2021

Canadian Trolley Coaches

Presenter: Angus McIntyre
Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation

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.

Free PDFs of Headlights News Journal are now available for viewing online or download. Composite Photo: Sandy Campbell

The Journal was published by the ERA from 1976 through 1978 during a hiatus in the publication of Headlights. Thanks to the massive efforts of Jeff Erlitz, we have added a complete three-year set of high-res PDFs available for viewing online or download.

Free PDFs of The Bulletin are now available for viewing online or download. Composite Photo: Sandy Campbell

Free PDFs of almost every Bulletin since 2002 are available for viewing online or download. In addition, we have added many full issues as far back as 1958! There are also covers from the current year, which we add to each month, and complete PDFs of these issues become available at the end of December.

Free PDFs of every Headlights index from 1943-1977 are now available for viewing online or download. Composite Photo: Sandy Campbell

We have added free PDFs of almost every Headlights index from 1943-1977 for viewing online or download. Thank you John Swindler and Jeff Erlitz for your invaluable scanning work!


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