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Our May show will be hosted online by Jeff Erlitz. Jeff’s Zoom presentation is about the ERA’s nine-day tour of Poland in 2006. This program begins at 7:30 PM and is not to be missed! Click here for more meeting details.

In light of the ongoing New York State prohibition of movement except for essential grocery and medical trips and closure of hotels, Ron Yee’s presentation scheduled for the April 17th meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for May 15th. Jeff Erlitz’s March 20th meeting is tentatively rescheduled for June 19th. Our actions are consistent with those of our sister groups, the Central Electric Railfans Association and the Motor Bus Society which also had events even later into the month of April.

By the end of April we should know more, and we will advise members on this site and in the Bulletin whether the May 2020 meeting will go forward at the Roosevelt Hotel. Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.

Next Two Presenters (Tentative)

  • May 15, 2020 — Ron Yee (rescheduled from April)
  • June 19, 2020 — Jeff Erlitz (rescheduled from March)
  • No meetings in July or August

Regional Trips Planned for 2020 (Tentative)

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Our March 20th meeting has been cancelled due to an abundance of caution around large gatherings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The safety and health of our members is the ERA’s top priority and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We fully expect to reschedule Mr. Erlitz’s amazing presentation for a later date.

Tram line 22 at stop Arkady in Wroclaw on May 30, 2009. Photo: Nillerdk (Wikipedia)

On the ERA’s 2006 International Trip to Poland, our group visited 10 of the 14 cities that had tramway operations at the time. These included Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Elblag, Grudziadz, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Torun and Warsaw. In addition, we had a trackless trolley tour of Gdynia. On the last day of the tour, a small group of us did a mini-tour of Wroclaw as we had to change trains there and had a couple of hours to lay over.

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On the streets of the city of Sofia. Photo: Milan Sladić (Unsplash)

The dates are final and the itinerary has been set: our 2020 International Tour will be to Greece and the Balkan countries! Greece and the Balkans will cover two cities in Greece and seven Balkan cities in an extensive 16-day tour. The tour will include visits to six major regional cities that have electrified transit operations such as trams, metros or trolley buses, and includes first-class travel on the new Greek high-speed rail line between Athens and Thessolaniki, followed by coach travel throughout the Balkan countries. Sightseeing opportunities will be provided to cover many beautiful and historic places in Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. Read More

Corona Yard on April 27, 2019 shortly after sunrise. Photo: Eric Oszustowicz

Our February program will consist of videos and slides by Eric Oszustowicz and will be different from any presentation we have ever had. We will see videos from early 2001 of many now retired subway cars in regular service, including “Redbird” R26 through R36 subway cars, plus videos of the original 1913 wooden subway cars operating in Buenos Aires. As with all of Eric’s presentations, we will see behind-the-scenes views of the New York subway system. Please join us for an interesting evening.  Read More

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Highlights from the 2019 Hobby Show. Slideshow: Sandy Campbell (January 26, 2019)

Regional Trips

Railroad Hobby Show

Saturday, January 25, 2020

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! Read More

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No. 3020 is at the rear of a typical four-car train of TTC’s 28 intermediate capacity transit cars. It has just left the Lawrence East station and is en route to the commercial center of what was the borough of Scarborough, now just the Scarborough section of Toronto. Photo: Jack May (August 2019)

Noted rail photographer Jack May will be the presenter of our first 2020 meeting. Jack’s program will feature the new streetcar systems in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and El Paso, plus light rail in Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, Buffalo, Toronto and San Francisco. Plus a lot more! Please join us in the new year for a wonderful presentation. Read More

The January 17th meeting on Friday has been moved to the Terrace Ballroom on the lobby level of the Roosevelt Hotel. Please turn right at top of stairs in the 45th street entrance to the hotel.

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