Our meeting is being held one week early, on August 13 instead of August 20, to avoid conflicts with some other national traction events.
This month’s Zoom presentation will feature retired Atlanta MARTA chief operating officer, ERA member, and Ohio native Rich Krisak. He will cover the fascinating history of Cleveland electric traction, focusing on the early 1950s when the last streetcars ran, the new rapid transit line opened, and the wires came down on the Cleveland Union Terminal electrification.
It is rare to find a treatment of a major American city’s traction history as comprehensive as the one Rich will present. You will not want to miss this program!Aug 2021 Meeting Notice
Please visit this page for the link to join our Zoom presentation. We will post the “Zoom Login” button about five days before the meeting.
Save the Date! We return to our regular third Friday of the month meeting schedule on September 17. Retired transit operations executive and ERA member Tony Schill will present “PCC: The Amazing Streamlined Streetcar,” a comprehensive survey of the dawn, zenith, abandonment (in most cities), and survival of the PCC, an outstanding example of American systems engineering which helped spark the modern revival of light rail transportation. Every North American PCC operation will be featured in Tony’s presentation.Aug 2021 Meeting Notice
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.Order
Our monthly meetings will be held via Zoom until we give prior notice of a new hotel location and we are authorized to hold live meetings again. Starting with the June 2020 meeting, Zoom presentations are being recorded and posted here and on our YouTube channel, ERA-TV. Recordings will become available for viewing approximately two weeks after each meeting.
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 87-year record of traction education and entertainment. Our new online Donation Form makes it much easier to contribute!Donate
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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Please take a moment to complete our online 2021 Dues Renewal Form. We look forward to your continued support of the ERA’s long record of traction education and entertainment. Swipe left or right to view ERA Membership Card Collector Series 2017-2021. Click image to open downloadable PDF.
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 2021 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.Join
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.
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!
Presenter: Bill Bownas
Cincinnati Transit Historical Assoc.
Presenter: Sarah Wells
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
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.