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Sample video of Woodside LIRR station on December 8th, 2021 at 3:47 p.m. Video: Eric Oszustowicz

Our February Zoom program will consist of videos by both Eric and Mary Oszustowicz. Footage shot in 2021 and 2022 of the New York subway system and New York City-area commuter lines will be shown especially for the benefit of our non-New Yorker viewers. Eric presented a similar program in February 2021 that was viewed by a record setting 175 participants. Some “best of” videos may also be included for those who didn’t see that presentation. You don’t want to miss this interesting meeting! (Read More)

Please visit this page for the link to join our JANUARY Zoom presentation. We will post the Zoom Login button about five days before the meeting.

Important Announcements

President Bob Newhouser


San Diego Trolley. Photo: Mike Glikin (Jul 31, 2021)

ERA annual conventions are back! 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. Visit our convention page to find out more, reserve a room, and order tickets. Note: If you are making hotel reservations by phone, the correct number to call is 619-298-4707. The phone number on the flyer is incorrect.

Athens Tram at Flisvos in Paleo Faliro. Photo: A. Savin (Wikimedia, Jun 30, 2013)

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. Visit our international tour page for complete details and to order tickets.

Image from March 2021 meeting. Photo: Jeff Erlitz (April 26, 2019)

Our next Zoom meeting will be on Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. ERA’s board director and Bulletin editor Jeff Erlitz will be our next speaker. Jeff’s content will be announced.

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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2022 New Member Application Form

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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2022 Dues Renewal Form

If you have not yet renewed your ERA membership for 2022, please do so as soon as possible before your subscription expires! Please take a moment to complete our online 2022 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 the Headlights magazine that we all count on and enjoy!

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Donation Form

Thank you very much to those of you who have already made generous contributions to support our programs in 2020 and early 2021! 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 new online 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!

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We’re proud to announce the 2022 ERA Membership Card, photographed by the late Ron Yee and featuring the Miami Metrorail approaching Government Center. 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. Download your 2022 ERA Membership Card today!

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The ERA Membership Card Collector Series

The complete series of 2016-2022 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.

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.

Zoom Meeting Calendar

January 2022

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!

January 7, 2022

Vintage and Current Railroad Images

Presenters: Three Photographers
Cincinnati Railroad Club

The Milwaukee Road

Presenter: Bob Baker
Wisconsin NRHS

EPTC Monthly Meeting

Presenter: TBA
East Penn Traction Club

January 8, 2022

MBTA 4.0 (Beantown Adventure, Pt. 4)

Presenter: Byron Nash
Boston Street Railway Association

January 10, 2022

Midway USA (Nebraska 1988)

Presenter: Bob Kobel
New York Chapter NRHS

Annual Meeting and Members Night

Presenter: TTS Members
Toronto Transportation Society

January 11, 2022

The Isle of Man Transport System

Presenter: Ian Longworth
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

January 11, 2022

TBA

Presenter: TBA
RLHS Southern California Chapter

January 12, 2022

TBA

Presenter: TBA
20th Century Railroad Club

January 13, 2022

Sleepers on New Jersey’s Pioneer Railroad

Presenter: Pierre Lacombe
Tri-State Railway Historical Society

January 14, 2022

Railroad Gabfest

Presenter: Membership
Wisconsin NRHS

TBA

Presenter: TBA
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society

January 15, 2022

Open Members’ Night

Presenters: Members
Cincinnati Transit Historical Assoc.

January 18, 2022

Trackside in the Potomac Valley

Presenter: Jeremy Plant
NRHS Potomac Chapter

January 19, 2022

Closed Trolleybus Systems of the World

Presenter: Alan Murray
National Trolleybus Association

January 20, 2022

History of Fort Smith Railroad Bridges

Presenter: John Dill
Arkansas-Boston Mountains NRHS

TBA

Presenter: TBA
Mass. Bay Railroad Enthusiasts

TBA

Presenter: TBA
NRHS Philadelphia Chapter

January 21, 2022

Survey of Streetcars of Japan

Presenter: Jack May
Electric Railroaders Assoc.

The Perfect Storm

Presenter: Doug Riddell
DC NRHS

January 28, 2022

TBA

Presenter: TBA
Kansas City NRHS

TBA

Presenter: TBA
Central Electric Railfans’ Assoc.

New York Central Hudsons Along the Hudson and a Cab Ride From Croton Harmon to Chicago

Presenter: Peter Kalka
New York Railroaders Enthusiasts

February 1, 2022

My Time in Ottawa in the ’80s

Presenter: Wally Weart
Bytown Railway Society

February 4, 2022

20 Years Ago

Presenter: Tom Hoffman
Wisconsin NRHS

February 5, 2022

Worcester Street Railway Co. and Predecessors

Presenter: Leo Sullivan
Boston Street Railway Association

February 9, 2022

PCC Car 2168: A Streetcar Survival Story

Presenters: M. Nawn and H. Donahue
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

February 10, 2022

Steam in the 2020s

Presenter: Steve Barry
Tri-State Railway Historical Society

February 11, 2022

Railroad Gabfest

Presenters: Membership
Wisconsin NRHS

February 15, 2022

Online Slide Show

Presenters: Five Photographers
Wisconsin NRHS

February 16, 2022

Trolleybuses and Some Trams From Around the Globe

Presenter: Alan Osborne
National Trolleybus Assoc.

February 18, 2022

Hobo Graffiti

Presenter: Charlie Wray
DC NRHS

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.

Periodicals


Our new Periodicals landing page gathers all of our ERA magazines and newsletters in one spot for easy access.

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Twitter


Our frequently updated Twitter feed is written by Alexander ‘Sasha’ Ivanoff, a contributing editor to the Bulletin.

YouTube


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Every back issue since 2002 of the Bulletin and previews of Headlights since 1996 can be found on our Issuu page.