Paul Grether photo

Our June Zoom program, Kristen & Paul’s Excellent Adventures: Trains, Trolleys, Tunnels and Tires, will be presented by Kristen Fredriksen of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and ERA board member Paul Grether. They will be showcasing travels in the United States and the United Kingdom focusing on all things new, old, preserved, abandoned, obscure or otherwise interesting. Read More

Please visit this page for the link to register for our JUNE Zoom presentation. We will post the Zoom Registration button about five days before the meeting.

The Metropolitan New York Bus Association Committee of the Motor Bus Society (MNYBA/MBS) welcomes our fellow ERA members back following a two-year absence from trips, for a comfortable Coach Tours bus to the Pennsylvania Dutch area.

Our first stop will be at the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey for the Spring Fling, where a huge collection of historic and modern buses will be available for riding and photographing. A bus memorbilia flea market and lunch will be available at the museum.

Next we will visit the Red Rose Transit Authority’s Transit Center in downtown Lancaster. There will be free time in Strasburg to visit the Strasburg Rail Road or the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. We will end the day at the fabulous Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl with its gut busting variety of food offerings!

We plan on returning to NYC around 9:45 p.m. Please join us on a wonderful outing to Pennsylvania! Read More

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

Our 2022 convention, based in San Diego from July 7-10, is sold out. However, you may contact ERA via the waitlist form on our website to be placed on a waiting list. Read More

Athens Tram at Flisvos in Paleo Faliro. A. Savin photo (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. This trip is sold out. Read More

Sandy Campbell composite photo

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.



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 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.



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 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!



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.

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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!


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

May 2022

The Zoom Meeting Calendar is a 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!

May 20, 2022

Harvey Laner’s Midwest Traction Review

Presenter: Harvey Laner
Electric Railroaders’ Assoc.

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.


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.