2021 Meetings

Eric Oszustowicz

February 19, 2021

Eric Oszustowicz’s special tribute to longtime ERA member Gary Grahl, who passed away shortly before this month’s presentation. Eric Oszustowicz photo (Holyoke, Mass., June 24, 1995)

Tonight’s program will consist of videos and still photographs by Eric Oszustowicz. Many of the videos were actually taken by Eric’s wife Mary while he was taking stills with his SLR.

Eric’s February 2020 show was the ERA’s first presentation to include digital videos complete with professional speakers. Sadly, it was also our last in-person meeting of the “pre-Covid 19” era and our last ever at the Roosevelt Hotel before it closed. About 45 people attended.

Now that the ERA has a much wider audience with Zoom, some of those same videos will be presented again, along with many additional videos and stills taken during the last year. The new 2020 videos will include Boston’s new Green Line trolleys and new Orange Line cars in addition to other footage from the Boston area. Footage of the Cincinnati Bell Connector light rail line and of the Pittsburgh light rail system will also be included. As always, footage of numerous freight trains and Amtrak trains taken on road trips from Maine to Ohio are on the agenda.

2020 and 2021 footage of the New York subway system and area commuter lines, in addition to behind-the-scenes stills, will be shown as an added benefit to our out-of-town Zoom participants.

During early 2001, Eric took VHS videos at all stations on the New York Subway system through which the now retired “Redbird” R26 through R36 subway cars traversed. All of these videotapes were digitized, and we will of course see some of them.

Besides the Redbirds, Eric took videos on the IND and BMT during the same period, so we will also see videos of the now retired R32, R38, R40, R40M, R42 and R44 subway cars in regular service.

This will be a long presentation, so make sure you have a comfortable chair to watch from… and have some popcorn ready! Please join us for an entertaining evening.

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