ERA members Gary Grahl and his son, Andrew, were first in line to ride the ION LRT from the Fairway Station Friday morning. “We’re interested in new forms of transportation and this is one of them,” Gary said. “We travel all over North America to try to ride on the first day of operation. That’s today.” Overall, a complete LRT ride from Fairway Station to the Conestoga Mall station takes about 45 minutes, according to ION staff. Read More

Expect to see more pictures from Andrew of the ION launch in an upcoming issue of the Bulletin. In the meantime, here are some links for learning more:

Thanks, members, for your overwhelming response to the ERA’s 2019 Annual Convention in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas this Labor Day weekend. We are now fully booked and registration is closed.

On another note, our sister organization, the Metropolitan New York Bus Association (MNYBA), will run its annual five-day trip August 10–14. This year’s bus trip from New York will go to Pittsburgh and features a day trip to Cleveland. There will be a visit to the acclaimed Pennsylvania Railway Museum in Strasburg and plenty of opportunity with the group or on your own to ride the scenic Pittsburgh and Cleveland light rail systems. The brochure for the trip is not ready yet, so if you’re interested in booking, please contact Gary Grahl at ASAP for details and pricing.

The ERA will begin using this website to publicize trips for our other sister organization, the Motor Bus Society (MBS), which also has trips of interest to rail enthusiasts. MBS is going to France October 12–19 and will visit the extensive urban rail and bus systems in Paris, Strasbourg and Lyon with travel on the world-famous TGV high-speed trains on several days. This exciting trip is already sold out!

The dates are final and the itinerary has been set: our 2020 International Tour will be to Greece and the Balkan countries! We will arrive in Athens on May 9 and depart from Belgrade on May 24. We will be visiting Athens, Sofia, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Osijek and Belgrade. Pricing and more detailed information will be sent out this Fall. As always, adding three nights before the arrival day and/or three nights after the departure day will be possible. Plan now to attend another exciting international tour! July Notice

Details on this five-day MNYBA-sponsored trip to Pittsburgh and Cleveland will be forthcoming on this page in the next few weeks. Please check back!

For its 2019 Annual Convention, the ERA will visit three transit hotspots of the Southwestern U.S. for the first time — Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas.

Amtrak’s Sunset Limited from Tucson to El Paso. Carl Jackson, who managed the construction and launch of the El Paso Streetcar, will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Banquet in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown El Paso hotel, our El Paso Headquarters.

The American Southwest is new territory for ERA annual conventions. And it is only our third convention featuring Amtrak intercity travel. You will not want to miss this special convention, so book today! More details here

Sold Out!

Ticket sales for the convention are now closed.

Metropolitan New York Bus Association

Trolley Museum of New York

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Details on this MNYBA-sponsored trip to Westchester and the Trolley Museum of New York will be forthcoming on this page in the next few weeks. Please check back!

Our friends at MBS will be touring France for their Fall 2019 Convention, and everyone from the ERA is invited. They 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. More details here


The gorgeous El book by Eric Oszustowicz traces the colorful history of New York’s elevated railway system. 372-pages of rare photos, many in color, and never-before-seen rosters of incredible detail. A must-have for classic rail enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. Only $59 plus $6.95 shipping. More details here


Digital editions of every Headlights since 1996 are now available for purchase online. More details here


The El Paso streetcar opened for service on November 9, 2018, making this our timeliest issue of Headlights yet. Also includes highlights from ERA’s 2018 Tour of Southern Germany. A few extra copies of this amazing issue are available for only $20 each, including shipping, or just $8.95 for the PDF. More details here

Headlights 2017

Oranjstad Streetcar, Western European PCCs, Granada Metro

Headlights 2016

1931 IND Plans, A Tale of Three Cities

Headlights 2015

Traction in Japan

We have added full issues of almost every Bulletin since 2002 through last year for viewing online or PDF download, including our special 2004 NYC Subway Anniversary edition. There are even covers from the current year, which we add to each month, and these issues become available at the end of December. More details here

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! More details here


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