ERA Trips Are Back!

Our 2022 convention was a tremendous success! We will be adding photos, videos, PDFs and maps from all of our activities, so keep checking back. Read More

The ordering deadline for the MNYBA annual trip is coming soon. Our venue is the classy Alt Hotel on Slater Street in downtown Ottawa, situated near many bus routes and one block from the O-Train. Click here for a detailed itinerary and ordering details. Read More

We hope you’ll be joining our first international tour in three years. We will travel on high-speed railways, a narrow-gauge steam train, and a luxury tour coach. Read More

Join MNYBA on a visit to The New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center’s Historic Bus Festival in Trenton and SEPTA’s Frankford Depot in Philadelphia. Read More

MBS invites our fellow ERA members to join our Fall 2022 Motor Bus Society Convention in Chicago. Please note that this is a four-day Thursday to Sunday convention, different from previous MBS conventions which started on a Friday. Read More

Our Zoom programs will return in September. We are off for the summer because of our annual convention in July, MNYBA’s trip to Ottawa in August, and our international tour of Greece in September.

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.

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.