Muni PCC 1040 (1952) on San Francisco’s historic F line. Sasha Ivanoff

Our October show will be presented by Alexander ‘Sasha’ Ivanoff (ERA #7130). Sasha’s program will cover several of the most recent ERA North American conventions, plus some special events like the “Farewell to the CLRV” fan trip held by the Toronto Transit Society in September 2019. Please join us for a fascinating evening! Read More

Metro-North M8 awaits inspection at Croton-Harmon. Ron Yee (July 9, 2010)

A behind-the-scenes look at one of the newest, most state-of-the-art railroad maintenance facilities in the United States. We are limited to only 25 participants, so hurry! This trip is sold out. Read More

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December Meeting

Date Change

Friday, December 13, 2019

Due to holiday conflicts, our December meeting will take place on the second Friday of the month, one week earlier than usual, on December 13. It was originally scheduled for the 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

On the streets of the city of Sofia. Milan Sladić (Unsplash)

The dates are final and the itinerary has been set: our 2020 International Tour will be to Greece and the Balkan countries! Greece and the Balkans will cover two cities in Greece and seven Balkan cities in an extensive 16-day tour. The tour will include visits to six major regional cities that have electrified transit operations such as trams, metros or trolley buses, and includes first-class travel on the new Greek high-speed rail line between Athens and Thessolaniki, followed by coach travel throughout the Balkan countries. Sightseeing opportunities will be provided to cover many beautiful and historic places in Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. Read More

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Our friends at the Motor Bus Society will be touring France for their Fall 2019 Convention, and everyone from the ERA is invited. MBS will cover three major French cities in an eight-day program. The tour will include first-class travel on France’s high-speed trains, bus transfers to and from railway stations and hotels, and a short ride in a historic bus as part of a visit to the Paris-area transport museum. There will also be general sightseeing opportunities provided to introduce the group to Paris and Lyon. 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. 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. Cover photo by John Pappas

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. Photos by John Pappas and Ron Yee

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. Photos by John Pappas, Ron Yee and Randy Glucksman

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. Cover photo by John Pappas

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. Text and photos by John Pappas

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 by 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 by 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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