Choose the ERA membership that’s right for you:

2016 Washington Convention

Youth Membership: Digital Bulletin $20

Digital edition of The Bulletin. Print edition of Headlights. Limited to members no older than 30.

2017 Atlanta / New Orleans Convention

Full Membership: Digital Bulletin $40

Digital edition of The Bulletin. Print edition of Headlights.

Three-Day Pittsburgh Weekend in 2017

Full Membership: All Print $75

Print editions of The Bulletin and Headlights. Trip notices sent via mail.

International Tour of Spain in 2016

LRTA Add-on

Subscribe to Tramways & Urban Transit for $95 and Tramway Review for $35, or save $11 and receive both for only $117.

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ERA membership will give you access to the following:

ERA board member Ron Yee presented a digital slideshow of his recent trip to Southeast Asia at a monthly meeting.

Electric Railroaders’ Assoc., Inc. is a non-profit educational organization consisting of people from all walks of life interested in the history and progress of electric railways. The ERA was founded August 15, 1934 by Edwin Jay (E.J.) Quinby, 1894–1981. Benefits of ERA membership include monthly meetings, monthly newsletters, a yearly magazine, regional trips, annual conventions and biennial international tours.

Monthly Meetings

All ERA members may come to our monthly meetings to see photo, movie and video presentations by well-known transit writers and photographers. The meetings take place on the third Friday of each month at The Roosevelt Hotel adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.

The Bulletin

All ERA members receive monthly issues of The Bulletin. Each issue consists primarily of news about New York-area transit, with additional reporting devoted to national and international systems.


All ERA members receive our annual magazine, Headlights, America’s premier journal dedicated to light rail transit, subways, interurbans, electric railroads and other forms of electric transportation around the world. Each full color, ad-free issue is packed with in-depth coverage contributed by leading writers and photographers in the transit field.

Regional Trips

The ERA is famous for its exciting trips and events. Recent events included a Connecticut Day Trip and a Newark Light Rail Trip.

Annual Conventions

All ERA members are invited to attend our annual conventions, held each year in a North American city with electric rail operations. The 2019 Annual Convention will be held in Tucson, Phoenix and El Paso.

International Tours

Every even-numbered year, the ERA conducts a multi-week tour of urban, rural and interurban traction systems in a foreign country. Previous tours have been conducted to Spain, Japan, Italy, Romania, Scandinavia and Poland. The 2018 international tour was held in Southern Germany.

LRTA Membership Add-on

U.S. members of the ERA may join the British Light Rail Transit Association and receive subscriptions to their publications at special discounted rates. For $95 you can receive 12 printed issues of LRTA’s monthly magazine Tramways & Urban Transit via airmail. For $33 you can receive four printed issues of LRTA’s quarterly digest Tramway Review via airmail. Save $11 and receive both publications for only $117!