Our December show will be presented by Andrew Grahl. Andrew’s slideshow will include Streamliners at Spencer, new streetcars under construction in Atlanta and Washington, summer in New England, and more. Come join us for the ERA’s final presentation of 2014!
Gary Grahl will present “A Tale of Two Cities,” another of his annual Super 8 movie nights. This year’s extravaganza covers Washington and Toronto. Those who have seen Gary’s movies in the past know this is not an evening to be missed.
The ERA is pleased to announce a scenic fantrip to Port Jervis, New York. We will visit the original Erie Railroad Station, or Erie Depot, and see a working roundhouse turntable. Lunch will follow at the adjacent Erie Hotel.
Special Note: Metro-North announced in late October that a segment of their Port Jervis Line will be under General Order on the day of our excursion. The trip will be conducted as planned, as they will be operating bus service from Harriman to Port Jervis as per their regular operating schedule. The visit to the museum and lunch at Erie Hotel will not be affected and we expect the ride to remain as scenic as before — we might even come across some of Metro-North’s work trains.
Our October show will be presented by ERA second vice president Ray Berger (ERA #2298). Ray’s slideshow will consist of the various rail and transit operations in Chile during a two-week period in March 2005. This is a truly unique opportunity to see the many facets of rail and transit in Chile. You’ll be glad you came.
Our September presentation will be a fantastic all-digital slideshow by Paul Gawkowski. Paul will cover many rail systems from Peru and the UK. Paul will also cover the 2013 ERA convention in Denver and Salt Lake City. Welcome back! But first…
Preceding our September show in the same room, the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting of the Electric Railroaders’ Association, Inc. will start promptly at 7:15 PM. All ERA members are encouraged to attend. Paul’s presentation will follow the Annual Membership Meeting.
August 30 — The 2014 Annual Convention starts today in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The luxurious Hotel Minneapolis will be our headquarters and the site of our 2014 Annual Banquet. Activities will include a scenic railroad trip along Lake Superior, visits to two historic railroad depots (including lunch in one), trolley rides at three museums, and tours of the Northstar commuter rail and Metro Transit’s two light rail lines, one of which is opening in June 2014.
The ERA, with co-sponsorship by the NY Railroad Enthusiasts, is pleased to announce a day trip to see the historic transportation institutions of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Ride the Delaware & Ulster Railroad and visit the New York Trolley Museum in Kingston.
After a month’s delay because of illness, Harry Pinsker will be the presenter for our June meeting. Harry’s program will showcase Philadelphia trolleys, the Northeast Corridor and NYCTA. Please join us at the Roosevelt Hotel for what is certain to be an entertaining evening.
There are no ERA meetings scheduled for July or August of this year. We will see you at our next presentation in September, after Summer has ended!
Join your fellow NYRRE and ERA members for an unusual “circle trip” beginning and ending at Penn Station. We will ride the LIRR to Greenport where we will have lunch and visit the Railroad Museum of Long Island, take the ferry from Orient Point across the Long Island Sound to New London, Connecticut, and return to NYC via Amtrak. It will be an unforgettable day you won’t want to miss! Sold out.
The ERA is pleased to announce a guided visit of the MTA NYC Transit Corona Yard Shop in Flushing, Queens. Representatives from NYC Transit will be our hosts to point out interesting features of the shop.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harry Pinsker will be unable to present our May slideshow. Jeff Erlitz has offered to step in and present a behind-the-scenes look at the NYC subway system. We thank Jeff for coming in on such short notice and we all look forward to seeing Harry’s presentation in 2015. Please join us at the Roosevelt Hotel for what is certain to be an entertaining evening.
Our 12th international tour will cover all four principal Japanese Islands, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido in an extensive 21-day program. It will include first-class travel on Japan’s Shinkansen (“Bullet”) trains in order to visit many historic and modern tram and interurban operations throughout the country. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Japan like few railfans have ever seen it before.
Our April program will be presented by Ron Yee. Ron photo-documented much of the 88-mile route of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad from the late 1970s until their retirement in 1983. Join us at the Roosevelt Hotel for a ride 30–35 years back in electric traction history!
The ERA is pleased to announce our 32nd annual guided tour of Grand Central Terminal. Dan Brucker, Metro-North’s official Grand Central historian, will again be our host.
Our March program will consist of highlights from the collection of the late William Armstrong. Presenting will be Bill’s friend, Andrew Grahl. Please join us at the Roosevelt Hotel for an entertaining evening that is not to be missed.
Due to his busy schedule, Randy Glucksman will be stepping down as our longtime Bulletin news editor with publication of the March 2014 issue. Randy joined the ERA in April 1965 and has been contributing columns to the Bulletin since 1981, 33 years ago!
Our February meeting will be presented by Eric Oszustowicz and will be quite unusual. We will see images from all 50 U.S. states, 11 Canadian provinces, and seven continents including about 60 foreign countries. Please join us at the Roosevelt Hotel for an entertaining evening during which you will literally see much the world.
All ERA meetings are now being held in the Roosevelt Hotel at 45 East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, one block from Grand Central Terminal, in the Vanderbilt Suite.
Happy and prosperous New Year to all our members! We are making great progress toward managing our costs while maintaining our focus on the numerous offerings valued by our members.
The first meeting of the new year and the first ERA meeting in the Roosevelt Hotel will be a slideshow presented by world traveler and renowned photographer Jack May (ERA #2275). In 2013 Jack made two trips to Europe. For this month’s entertainment, he will share many of his newest slides with us. Please join us as we usher in 2014, and discover our exciting new meeting location.
As we mentioned above, all ERA meetings will now be held in the Roosevelt Hotel at 45 East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, one block from Grand Central Terminal. Our Friday, January 17 meeting will take place in the Terrace Room, located on the lobby level to your left as you enter the main entrance of the Roosevelt Hotel. Our February 21 meeting (and all susequent meetings) will be in the Vanderbilt Suite.