The presenter of our November show is ERA Program Chairman and transit professional Andrew Grahl. Andrew’s show will consist of the following:
A few railroad images from a recent road trip to see the South Shore and Metra in Chicago as well as railroads in Wisconsin and Minnesota will close out the presentation.November 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.
This month’s Zoom presentation by David Wilson is “Manhattan Transfer.” David’s show will trace the purposes, construction, expansion, decline and revival of transportation systems at the Hudson River waterfront from the first railroads to the introduction of present-day light rail and ferry service.
Manhattan Transfer was more than a fictional name for Penn Station immortalized in the titular novel by John Dos Passos. For nearly two centuries, eight railroads, streetcar operations and a subway line surmounted obstacles in northern New Jersey to reach the Hudson River waterfront where passengers could transfer to ferry boats or H&M subway trains to gain access to Manhattan.
This presentation is comprehensive, with many rare photos. It is not one to be missed!December Meeting Notice
ERA annual conventions have returned. Our 2022 convention, based in San Diego from July 7-10, will be headquartered at the Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town in San Diego’s historic Old Town district. We have planned several exciting trips throughout Southern California. Check the ERA website soon and watch for our convention flyer in the December mailing for more details.
ERA international tours also return in 2022 with an exciting trip to Greece, starting and ending in Athens from September 8-17 (leaving the U.S. on September 7). We will travel on high-speed railways, a narrow-gauge steam train, and a luxury tour coach. Check the ERA website soon and watch for our tour flyer in the January mailing when “Transit and Tourism in Athens and Thessaloniki (Salonica)” will be covered in detail.
Our next Zoom meeting will be on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. The presenter will be Jack May.
It is that time of year for renewing your ERA membership for 2022 and voting for the 2022 board of directors.
We have mailed each of you a printed form for your renewal. OR, if you prefer, renew quickly online as well as vote for your 2022 directors on the following pages of the ERA website:
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!
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.
We’re proud to introduce the 2022 ERA Membership eCard, photographed by Ron Yee and featuring the Miami Metrorail approaching Government Center. Our Membership Card is now digital, so you can keep it with you on your phone for easy access. And for the first time, the complete series is available as high-res PDFs, suitable for printing and framing. Download all seven today!2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
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 2022 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
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!Donate
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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: Bruce du Fresne
Bytown Railway Society
Presenter: Kermit Geary Jr.
Anthracite Railroads Historical Society
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.