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In light of the ongoing New York State probhibition of movement except for essential grocery and medical trips and closure of hotels, Ron Yee’s presentation scheduled for the April 17th meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for May 15th. Jeff Erlitz’s March 20th meeting is tentatively rescheduled for June 19th. Our actions are consistent with those of our sister groups, the Central Electric Railfans Association and the Motor Bus Society which also had events even later into the month of April.

By the end of April we should know more, and we will advise members on this site and in the Bulletin whether the May 2020 meeting will go forward at the Roosevelt Hotel. Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.

Next Two Presenters (Tentative)

  • May 15, 2020 — Ron Yee (rescheduled from April)
  • June 19, 2020 — Jeff Erlitz (rescheduled from March)
  • No meetings in July or August

Regional Trips Planned for 2020 (Tentative)

  • Penn Station Rehabilitation and Renovation
  • NJ Transit Meadowlands Maintenance Complex
  • Grand Central Terminal Tour (with the Municipal Art Society), originally scheduled for May 2, has been cancelled
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Two Bombardier Flexity streetcars on King Street. Photo: Marcin Skalij (Unsplash)

For 2020, ERA returns to Toronto for its annual convention, an exciting four-day weekend event from Friday morning, September 11 through Monday, September 14.

This year’s convention will feature tours of the Hillcrest Overhaul Shop and adjacent Operations Control Center, a day trip to the Halton County Radial Railway (Trolley) Museum, and a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcar charter. We will also visit to the new Kitchener ION light rail line. Our convention center (sorry, centre) will be the centrally located Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre.

The Toronto region has seen many significant changes in transit service since our last convention there in 2003. You will not want to miss this special convention, so book today!  Read More

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Some of the 372-pages of rare photos, many in color, featured in “The Elevated Railways of Manhattan.” On the cover, a 1945 view looking north to the Houston Street station on the Bowery section of the Third Avenue El. Slideshow: ERA Library Collection

“The Elevated Railways of Manhattan” counted as the 2013-2014 issues of Headlights for members. It traces the colorful history of New York’s elevated railway system from its earliest steam days until its demise. There are 372-pages of rare photos, many in color, and never-before-seen rosters of incredible detail. Now in its second edition, this is a must-have collectible for classic rail enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. The gorgeous El book by Eric Oszustowicz is only $59 plus $6.95 shipping.

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Acrobat PDFs of every Headlights since 1996 are now available for purchase online. Photo: John Pappas, Composite image: Sandy Campbell

Acrobat PDFs of every Headlights since 1996 are now available for purchase online. Use our online order form to select the date or dates you want and we will e-mail PDFs of each issue you order. These high-resolution PDFs have the same content as the limited-edition printed copies sent to ERA members.

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Our timeliest issue of Headlights yet, covering the opening of the El Paso streetcar and the ERA’s 2018 Tour of Southern Germany. Slideshow: John Pappas and Ron Yee. Composite image: Sandy Campbell

The El Paso streetcar opened for service on November 9, 2018, making this our timeliest issue of Headlights yet. This is an historic system that refused to die, and John Pappas thoroughly covers every aspect of its fascinating rebirth. In addition to John’s lush photography, there are exclusive photos of the restoration and testing of the PCC cars, and a detailed track map of the system by Sandy Campbell. This issue also includes highlights from ERA’s 2018 Tour of Southern Germany with photogaphy by Ron Yee and John Pappas. Every picture is beautiful. A few extra copies of this amazing issue are available for only $20 each, including shipping, or just $8.95 for the PDF.

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Ron Yee takes a colorful look at “Aruba’s Oranjstad Streetcar,” John Pappas documents the last remaining European PCCs in “Twilight for Western European PCCs” and “Granada Metro Follow-up” by Randy Glucksman presents the final opening of this much-delayed system. Slideshow: John Pappas, Ron Yee and Randy Glucksman. Composite image: Sandy Campbell

Weighing in at 96 pages, Headlights 2017 is bursting with three spectacular articles, starting with Ron Yee’s colorful look at “Aruba’s Oranjstad Streetcar.” Although they look like vintage trolleys from 100 years ago, these fascinating trams are powered by state-of-the-art hybrid batteries. Next, John Pappas writes about the “Twilight for Western European PCCs.” Travelling city by city, he has documented the last remaining European PCCs in exquisite detail before they vanish forever. We conclude this issue with “Granada Metro Follow-up” by Randy Glucksman, picking up where Headlights 2016 left off with the final opening of this much-delayed system. A few extra copies are available for only $20 each, including shipping, or just $8.95 for the PDF.

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Eric Oszustowicz answers the question of how the Second Avenue Subway might have turned out had it been finished 86 years ago, and John Pappas compares the new streetcar systems of Cincinnati, Kansas City and Granada. Photo: John Pappas. Composite image: Sandy Campbell

Headlights gets a new look for the first time in 20 years, and some members are calling it the best issue ever published. Eric Oszustowicz, author of “The Elevated Railways of Manhattan,” answers the question of how the Second Avenue Subway might have turned out had it been finished 86 years ago in “The 1931 IND Plans,” his exclusive examination of actual SAS blueprints. Then John Pappas compares the new streetcar systems of Cincinnati, Kansas City and Granada in our gorgeously illustrated cover story, “A Tale of Three Cities.” Also included are three detailed track maps by Sandy Campbell. A few extra copies are available for only $20 each, including shipping, or just $8.95 for the PDF.

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A modern day pictorial survey of the surviving streetcar systems of Japan as seen by ERA members during a comprehensive tour in May 2014. Slideshow: John Pappas. Composite image: Sandy Campbell

The special 2015 “Traction in Japan” issue of Headlights by John Pappas is still available! It provides a modern day pictorial survey of the surviving streetcar systems of Japan as seen by ERA members during a comprehensive tour in May 2014. With 92 pages of spectacular photography by Mr. Pappas, Ron Yee and Michael Glikin and design by Sandy Campbell, this is the most comprehensive edition of Headlights ever printed and has been met with overwhelming praise from members. A few extra copies are available for only $20 each, including shipping, or just $8.95 for the PDF.

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Complete Acrobat PDFs of almost every Bulletin since 2002 through last year are available for viewing online or download. Composite image: Sandy Campbell

We have added complete Acrobat PDFs of almost every Bulletin since 2002 through last year are available for viewing online or download, including our special 2004 NYC Subway Anniversary edition. In addition, we have added many full issues as far back as 1958! There are covers from the current year, which we add to each month, and complete PDFs of these issues become available at the end of December. Read More

We have added free PDFs of every Headlights index from 1950–1977 for viewing online or download. Composite image: Sandy Campbell

We have added free PDFs of every Headlights index from 1950–1977 (1971 was the Toronto book by John Bromley) for viewing online or download. Thank you John Swindler for your invaluable scanning work! Read More

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