Past Events

Our June meeting will be presented by Paul Gawkowski. Paul’s show will visit numerous transit operations spanning Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. There will be a look at light rail in Genoa, the scenic coastal railway in Italy’s Cinque Terre villages, an overnight train from Hanoi and a ride in the dome car on Amtrak’s Adirondack to Montreal in what may be the final year of the dome’s operation. Please join us for an exciting presentation! More details here

The Metropolitan New York Bus Association and the ERA welcome you aboard a comfortable Coach Tours bus for the MNYBA’s regular late Spring visit to our Pennsylvania Dutch country friends in Hershey and Shady Maple. Join us for a great day in the Pennsylvania countryside with bus history and current operations, rail, and great food! More details here

Our May meeting will be presented by Ron Yee. Join us for Ron’s overview of the entire 18-day ERA tour of southern Germany in May 2018. Ron’s slideshow will cover almost every tram, S-Bahn, and U-Bahn system in southern Germany. Ron will then present a quick review of the ERA’s 2018 Annual Convention in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by visits to Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, New York City and Miami. Please join us for a wonderful presentation! More details here

The ERA is pleased to announce a visit to the Long Island Rail Road Hillside Support Facility — our first since 2011. The Hillside Complex consists of a maintenance facility, a support complex, and a wheel truing and car servicing facility. Built in 1991, the facility covers 30 acres and can maintain up to 60 cars at a time. This tour will sell out extremely fast, so order your tickets today! More details here

April Meeting

Noah Caplin

Friday, Apr 12, 2019

Our April meeting will be presented by Noah Caplin. Noah’s show will feature scans of slides he took in Vienna, Prague, Pilsen, Budapest and Berlin during his first two trips to Europe in September 1971 and September 1973. The major focus will be on pre-WW2 trams that were still in regular service in these cities, along with shots of newer (at that time!) trams, subways, commuter rail and long-distance trains. Please join us for a nostalgic look at transit in Central and Eastern Europe at a time when few Americans dared venture to Eastern Bloc countries! More details here

March Meeting

Jeff Erlitz

Friday, March 15, 2019

Our March show will be presented by Jeff Erlitz. Using a combination of archival sources, most notably the Robert M. Emery Long Island Rail Road Collection, Jeff will take us on a tour from one end of Long Island to the other. We will see a variety of images from the late 1800s to the mid-1960s, all in glorious black and white. And we will get to see most, if not all, of the railroad’s branches. Please join us for a wonderful presentation! More details here

February Meeting

Eric Oszustowicz

Friday, February 15, 2019

Eric Oszustowicz, author of The Elevated Railways of Manhattan, will be the presenter of our February meeting. We will begin with an extensive review of the New York Subway during the last year, followed by a special look back at scenes of our membership over the last 50 years. There will be a follow-up on eastern Ukraine and Poland, and conclude with scenes taken on side trips during the ERA’s 2018 tour of southern Germany. Please join us for a fascinating evening. More details here

Regional Trips

Railroad Hobby Show

Saturday, January 26, 2019

MNYBA welcomes fellow ERA members on a full-day trip to the famous Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Mass. This annual model railroading event spans four buildings of railroad and transportation vendors, displays and public information. Try not to miss this one! More details here

January Meeting

Jack May

Friday, January 18, 2019

Noted rail photographer Jack May will be the presenter of our January 2019 meeting. Jack will be showing slides from two trips to Europe in 2018. His visit to Paris and certain other cities in a triangle to the north and east begins the show. He will then take us to Poland and Ukraine, where tramway operations contrast sharply with those in the west. Please join us in the new year for a wonderful presentation! More details here

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