Monthly Meeting

Friday, January 20, 2017

Jack May

Legendary transit photographer Jack May will be the presenter at our first meeting of 2017. Jack made two trips to Europe in 2016. His slideshow will include visits from his first trip to Palermo in Sicily, Cagliari and Sassari in Sardinia, and Mt. Etna. Jack’s second trip centered on a Baltic Sea cruise, with a number of shore visits to cities that have trams and metros. Please join us for this interesting and informative program.

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.

Railroad Hobby Show

Saturday, January 28, 2017


MNYBA welcomes fellow ERA members on a full-day trip to the famous Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Mass. This annual model railroading event spans four buildings of railroad and transportation vendors, displays and public information. Try not to miss this one!

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2017 ERA Annual Convention

July 1–5, 2017


Save The Date! The 2017 ERA Annual Convention will take place in two cities, Atlanta from July 1–4 and New Orleans for July 4 and 5. We had to change the dates to avoid a Labor Day mega-convention and problems with hotel room availability and very high prices.

Highlights of this year’s convention will include riding the new Atlanta Streetcar through the Martin Luther King historic district, a tour of the MARTA heavy rail shop, a visit to the famed Southeastern Railway Museum, and a tour of New Orleans’ comprehensive streetcar network starting with North America’s oldest railroad, the St. Charles Streetcar (1835). This is ERA’s first visit to these two dynamic metropolitan areas, making it a convention not to be missed!

Grand Central Terminal Tour

March 18, 2017


Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913 as the crown jewel for the New York Central Railroad. It now serves as the main terminal for Metro-North Railroad and services over 20 million visitors annually.

Croton-Harmon Shop Tour

April 22, 2017


Croton-Harmon Shop is one of the main Metro-North Railroad maintenance facilities on the Hudson Line where car maintenance and rolling stock overhauls occur.

Connecticut Day Trip

June 24, 2017


This will be a day trip to Connecticut with stops at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in Branford and the Railroad Museum of New England in Torrington.

207th Street Shop Tour

August 5, 2017


The New York City Transit 207th Street complex opened in 1931 for the Independent City-Owned Subway (IND) and is where thousands of NYCT subway cars are maintained and overhauled for service on the IRT and IND Divisions.

New Jersey Day Trip

September 16, 2017


This will be 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. On the trip home 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.

Pittsburgh Weekend

October 14–16, 2017


The ERA three-day regional trip this year will be to Pittsburgh. We will visit the Pittsburgh Light Rail system which has been in operation since the streetcar era. We will also visit two electric railway museums, Railways to Yesterday in Orbisonia and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Arden. We will also stop for lunch at the famous all-you-can-eat Shady Maple Buffet during the return trip.

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.

Traction in Japan

Print Edition


A few extra copies of the special 2015 issue of Headlights by John Pappas are 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. Only $20 each, including shipping.