Monthly Meeting Notice

Friday, January 19, 2018


Noted rail photographer Jack May will be the presenter of our January 2018 meeting. Jack’s slideshow will cover his European travels during 2017 including visits to the tramways north of London in the British Isles. Please join us in the new year for a wonderful presentation! More details here

2018 Trip Schedule

PATH Shop Tour

Saturday, April 21, 2018 (10 am to 12 noon)

Photo session at Harrison Station, lunch at Jersey Gardens Mall, drop off at Tottenville Staten Island Railway Station.

Tramways and Tourism in Southern Germany

May 2–21, 2018

See below.

Danbury Railroad Museum

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lunch at Mall, visit to Warehouse Point Trolley Museum.

San Francisco Annual Convention

September 1–4, 2018

Our first convention in San Francisco since 2004.

Newark Light Rail Shop Tour

October 27, 2018

Bernard Linder


Oszustowicz Collection

Bernard Linder (Bernie to his many friends) passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Bernie was a truly decent human being and his passing was a great loss to all of us. Most ERA members know him through his hundreds of articles that appeared in each edition of the ERA’s monthly Bulletin during the 37 years he was editor-in-chief. Others lucky enough to know Bernie personally also knew him as a true gentleman who was always willing to share his knowledge. He was 99. Read more here

Railroad Hobby Show

Saturday, January 27, 2018


MNYBA welcomes fellow ERA members on a full-day trip to the famous Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Mass. This annual model railroading event spans four buildings of railroad and transportation vendors, displays and public information. Try not to miss this one! More details here

Monthly Meeting Notice

Friday, February 16, 2018


Eric Oszustowicz will be the presenter of our February meeting. Eric’s slideshow will encompass a diverse group of subjects, both local and international, from the New York Subway to rail systems in Poland and Ukraine. Please join us for an interesting evening! More details here

Tramways and Tourism in Southern Germany

May 2–21, 2018


The ERA’s 14th biennial international tour will cover many major and provincial cities in Germany in an extensive 20-day program. We plan on chartering historic equipment (where available), visiting depots and railway museums, utilizing service trams, metros and interurbans, and experiencing escorted sightseeing as we make day excursions from our three base cities. We will stay seven nights in Karlsruhe, six nights in Freiburg and six nights in Munich, all in four-star hotels. More details here

We just added a bunch of great pictures from our New Jersey Day Trip with a recap and slideshow by Ron Yee, with additional photography by Lily Yee and Sasha Ivanoff.

2017 Keynote Presentation

ERA Annual Convention Banquet

Download your copy of the keynote presentation from this year’s Annual Convention banquet! Held in Atlanta on Monday, July 3, 2017, the keynote was presented by Chief Operating Officer Rich Krisak of MARTA, an avowed railfan and third time speaker at our banquets. This slideshow is a concise history of Atlanta’s past, present and future, lushly illustrated with many photographs and timelines. MARTA has made available two versions of the keynote: a PDF, as well as the original PowerPoint which includes some nifty animations on slides 19 and 35.

Don’t miss our recap of July’s Annual Convention with slideshows by John Pappas, Ron Yee and Lily Yee.

The Elevated Railways of Manhattan

Second Edition

“The Elevated Railways of Manhattan,” 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. A must-have collectible for classic rail enthusiasts and hobbyists alike, the gorgeous El book by Eric R. Oszustowicz is only $59, plus $6.95 shipping and handling. More details here

Headlights 2016

Print Edition


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.” A few extra copies are available for only $20 each, including shipping. More details here

Headlights 2015

Print Edition


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. More details here