April Meeting

Noah Caplin

Friday, April 12, 2019

Noah Caplan

Our April meeting will be presented by Noah Caplin. Noah’s show will feature scans of slides he took in Vienna, Prague, Pilsen, Budapest and Berlin during his first two trips to Europe in September 1971 and September 1973. The major focus will be on pre-WW2 trams that were still in regular service in these cities, along with shots of newer (at that time!) trams, subways, commuter rail and long-distance trains. Please join us for a nostalgic look at transit in Central and Eastern Europe at a time when few Americans dared venture to Eastern Bloc countries! More details here

Regional Trips

Long Island Rail Road Hillside Facility Tour

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sandy Campbell (March 28, 2009)

The ERA is pleased to announce a visit to the Long Island Rail Road Hillside Support Facility — our first since 2011. The Hillside Complex consists of a maintenance facility, a support complex, and a wheel truing and car servicing facility. Built in 1991, the facility covers 30 acres and can maintain up to 60 cars at a time. This tour will sell out extremely fast, so order your tickets today! More details here

Annual Convention

Tucson-Phoenix-El Paso Convention

Saturday, August 31–Tuesday, September 3, 2019


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

We will spend two days at our convention headquarters in Tucson, then travel on 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.

This part of the United States 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

Please book your order no later than May 24, 2019 if you plan to travel with the ERA group on Amtrak. Those not traveling with the ERA Amtrak group should send orders in by July 30.

Regional Trips


Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, Pa.
The Manheim Historical Society Trolley in Manheim, Pa.
Sponsored by the Metropolitan New York Bus Association

Saturday–Wednesday, August 10-14, 2019

Pittsburgh and Cleveland
Sponsored by the Metropolitan New York Bus Association

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Westchester County and Trolley Museum of New York
Sponsored by the Metropolitan New York Bus Association

Publication Sales

The Elevated Railways of Manhattan

Print Edition

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

Publication Sales

Headlights 2018

El Paso Streetcar, ERA Tour of Southern Germany

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

Free Downloads

Headlights Indexes



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