New Jersey Day Trip

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Join us as the ERA concludes the summer with a scenic day trip through New Jersey to visit the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians Museum and take a ride along the Delaware River on a steam train. At lunch time, we will dine in the open-platform Blue Comet dining car at the Clinton Station Diner, home of the astonishing 50-pound Mt. Olympus Burger. After lunch, we will visit the restored Phillipsburg Union Station and view the restoration of Public Service Car 2651. We look forward to seeing you there! More details here

Pittsburgh Weekend

October 14–16, 2017

The Electric Railroaders’ Association is pleased to announce an exciting three-day weekend tour from Saturday, October 14 through Monday, October 16. We will visit the Rockhill Trolley Museum, The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, the Port Authority Transit South Hills maintenance yard and end the tour with dinner at the famous Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Pennsylvania Dutch country. We look forward to seeing you there! More details here

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