Past Events

Yellow/white Peter Witt tram 1673 at Piazza Cairoli in Milan, with Castello Sforzesco in the background. Photo: Peter Ehrlich (March 17, 2008)

Noted traction author and retired San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar motorman Peter Ehrlich is our speaker for this month’s program. His presentation will focus on trams in Milan.

Peter worked at the San Francisco Municipal Railway from 1979 to 2005, the last 10 years being assigned to PCCs, Milan trams and vintage cars running on the F-Market & Wharves line. He continues to document traction across North America and Europe. His book, “San Francisco’s F-Line,” is available through the ERA HERE. Follow the directions to get the ERA’s $20 discount.

Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad “Insull era” MU car #33 (built 1929 by Standard Steel) departs Beverly Shores station on its way to Michigan City, Indiana. Photo: Ron Yee (June 1981)

The presenter of our April show is Ron Yee (ERA #5196), ERA second vice president and contributing editor of The Bulletin’s Rail News in Review section. Ron’s program will consist of scanned slides from the beginnings of his railfan photography days in the mid-1970s through 2004 when he started shooting with a digital camera. Included will be nostalgic views of NYC, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore-Washington regions, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Toronto and much more. Do not miss this presentation!

CERA Zoom Program

Friday, April 9, 2021

Live from the Central Electric Railfans’ Association in Chicago, Harvey Laner is back by popular demand for the CERA April Zoom program, Friday, April 9 at 8 p.m. (EST).

As a teenager in the mid-1950s, Harvey embarked upon several journeys to ride and record on 8mm film the traction properties still operating in the U.S. and Canada. His presentation, Traction Wanderlust, is a filmed visit to the remaining traction operations in the U.S. and Canada between 1955 and 1958. Join us as he takes us along on his journey as we view scenes on the following:

United States — CA&E · CNS&M · CSS&SB · CTA Streetcar and “L” · Milwaukee Streetcars · St. Louis Public Service · Illinois Terminal · Shaker Heights · Pittsburgh Railways · Philadelphia streetcars · Red Arrow Lines · Baltimore · DC Transit System · El Paso City Lines · New Orleans Public Service · Portland Traction

Canada — Montreal Streetcars · London & Port Stanley · Niagara · St. Catharines & Toronto · Ottawa Streetcars · British Columbia Electric · Quebec Ry Light & Power

This presentation will last about two hours. All are welcome.

London Trams CR-4000 (Flexity Swift) #2547 (Bombardier Transportation, 2000) is seen operating on the New Addington route at the Lebanon Road stop on Addiscombe Road and Lebanon Road in Croydon. Photo: Jeff Erlitz (April 26, 2019)

The presenter of our March show is Jeff Erlitz (ERA #3997), editor-in-chief of The Bulletin since February 2018. Jeff’s program will take us on a three-week trip through England, Belgium, Germany and Austria. Do not miss this presentation!

T80 Bedford Nostrand. Photo: Eric Oszustowicz (October 4, 1986)

Tonight’s program will consist of videos and still photographs by Eric Oszustowicz. 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. 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.

New York Railroad Enthusiasts Show Rescheduled

Friday, January 22, 2021

Andrew Grahl’s father Gary is in the hospital, so part 2 of Andrew’s NYRRE show tonight has been rescheduled for October 22. ERA members are still welcome to join tonight’s Zoom meeting as they will be watching two DVDs. Visit the NYRRE site for instructions.

Noted rail photographer and longtime ERA member Jack May will be the presenter of our January meeting. Jack’s program is divided into two parts. The first portion is called “Modern Streetcar Systems in the U.S.A. — A personal survey with digressions, detours and diversions.” The second portion of the show will include a potpourri of foreign and North American views of electric traction from trip reports not published in The Bulletin. Please join us on Zoom to welcome in the New Year with our first program of 2021!


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