San Francisco Convention

September 4–7, 2004

The Electric Railroaders’ 2004 Convention will be held in San Francisco on Labor Day Weekend. This year’s convention headquarters is at the Wyndham Canterbury at San Francisco (formerly the Best Western Canterbury Hotel), conveniently located in the central area of the city at 750 Sutter Street.


Saturday, September 4

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Wyndham Canterbury at San Francisco

750 Sutter Street
San Francisco, Calif. 94109

Spend a full day in the San Jose area, starting with a tour of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Tasman West line and the new Capitol Corridor line in Ex-Milan Italy Peter Witt car 2001. Visit Carhouse and Shop and ride one of San Jose’s new low-floor articulated units. Ride the downtown loop in one or more cars from San Jose’s heritage collection. Ride beautifully-restored streetcars at Kelley Park trolley museum.

Saturday Evening

Finish the day with Annual Slideshow at the Canterbury. Topic: Northern California traction.

Sunday, September 5

All-Day Municipal Railway Streetcar Fantrip through downtown on heritage fleet of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Change cars at Geneva Carhouse. Sample as many different types of cars as possible.

Sunday Evening

ERA’s Annual Banquet in private room at the Canterbury. Guest Speaker: Peter Straus, Muni Manager of Service Planning.

Monday, September 6

Visit Western Railway Museum in Rio Vista Junction. Ride Rio Vista’s collection of historic city cars.

Convention Extras

Tuesday, September 7

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Sacramento Light railfantrip will cover all the lines in our own LRV, which will be attached to regular service trains. Visit Carhouse and Shop. Ride and photograph heritage car 35 as well as being able to photograph each of Sacramento’s three types of LRVs, hopefully posed together. Siemens Plant Tour featuring construction of new light rail vehicles for Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bay Area’s Traction Paradise

Revisit the San Francisco area with this special reprint of John Pappas’s article on the 2004 ERA Convention from the July–December 2004 issue of Headlights.