Eric Oszustowicz collection

Bernard Linder


Bernard Linder (Bernie to his many friends) passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Bernie was a truly decent human being and his passing was a great loss to all of us. Most ERA members know him through his hundreds of articles that appeared in each edition of the ERA’s monthly Bulletin during the 37 years he was editor-in-chief. Others lucky enough to know Bernie personally also knew him as a true gentleman who was always willing to share his knowledge. He was 99. Read more here


Philip G. Craig


Philip G. Craig, who had over 50 years of experience in the rail transit and railroad field and was a prominent active railfan, died on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 79. Read more here

Eric Oszustowicz

Raymond R. Berger


On March 1, 2016, Raymond R. Berger passed away at the age 74. Ray had been an ERA member since 1958. He served as second vice president and corresponding secretary on the ERA’s board of directors for many years and also served for a time as the chairman of the NY Division. He will be missed by us all. Read more here

Jeff Erlitz

James Mattina


James Mattina, our inspector of elections and former membership secretary, passed away early in the morning of Saturday, February 7, just past his 61st birthday. He had been battling an advanced from of cancer for a year and a half. Read more here

Sandy Campbell

Frank S. Miklos


Frank S. Miklos, president of the Electric Railroaders’ Association for 18 years, died in Denver, Colorado on his return from this year’s ERA Convention on Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was 73 years old and suffered an apparent heart attack aboard his flight to Newark prior to its departure. Read more here

Eric Oszustowicz

Charles A. Akins


Charles A. Akins passed away on March 22, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. His service to the ERA and the NY Division was lengthy and distinguished. Charlie will be remembered in the years ahead as a leading light of our organization, full of ideas to improve the way we operated. Read more here