Past Events

Paul Grether photo

Our June Zoom program, Kristen & Paul’s Excellent Adventures: Trains, Trolleys, Tunnels and Tires, will be presented by Kristen Fredriksen of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and ERA board member Paul Grether. They will be showcasing travels in the United States and the United Kingdom focusing on all things new, old, preserved, abandoned, obscure or otherwise interesting. Read More

The Metropolitan New York Bus Association Committee of the Motor Bus Society (MNYBA/MBS) welcomes our fellow ERA members back following a two-year absence from trips, for a comfortable Coach Tours bus to the Pennsylvania Dutch area.

Our first stop will be at the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey for the Spring Fling, where a huge collection of historic and modern buses will be available for riding and photographing. A bus memorbilia flea market and lunch will be available at the museum.

Next we will visit the Red Rose Transit Authority’s Transit Center in downtown Lancaster. There will be free time in Strasburg to visit the Strasburg Rail Road or the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. We will end the day at the fabulous Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl with its gut busting variety of food offerings!

We plan on returning to NYC around 9:45 p.m. Please join us on a wonderful outing to Pennsylvania! Read More

Union Electric of Kansas. Harvey Laner collection

Our May Zoom program, Harvey Laner’s Midwest Traction Review, will be an all-video presentation of streetcar and interurban operations throughout the American Midwest. Primarily from the 1930s to the 1950s, the movie clips that make up this program are from the collections of numerous railfans that were amassed by Harvey from the late 1990s to the present. Read More

T1 No. 528 (ČKD Tatra, 1957) pausing for photos at the Svornosti stop in Ostrava, Czech Republic, during an ERA charter. Jeff Erlitz photo (May 23, 2003)

Our April Zoom program will be a PowerPoint presentation by Jeff Erlitz of the ERA International Tour of the Czech Republic in 2003. Cities visited include Prague, Brno, Liberec and Ostrava. Also included was a ride on the former Bechyně Railway, the first electrified railway line in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. You don’t want to miss this interesting meeting! Read More

Iowa Traction along 19th St SW / 255th St at the entrance to Renewable Energy. Andrew Ludasi photo (September 8, 2021)

This month’s speaker will be ERA member and accomplished world traveler Andrew Ludasi. Andrew has traveled to Europe frequently, as well as having spent three weeks in Australia in May 2012. His show will feature Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, museums in Tasmania, as well as more recent photos from a trip west in September 2021 as far as Mason City, Iowa. Read More

Sample video of Woodside LIRR station on December 8th, 2021 at 3:47 p.m. Video: Eric Oszustowicz

Our February Zoom program will consist of videos by both Eric and Mary Oszustowicz. Footage shot in 2021 and 2022 of the New York subway system and New York City-area commuter lines will be shown especially for the benefit of our non-New Yorker viewers. Eric presented a similar program in February 2021 that was viewed by a record setting 175 participants. Some “best of” videos may also be included for those who didn’t see that presentation. You don’t want to miss this interesting meeting! (Read More)

Even in Japan things go better with Coke, especially a traditional streetcar, which is the real thing in the city of Takaoka, located in Toyama Prefecture. Nippon-Sharyo car 7075 was built in 1967 and continues in service 55 years later. Jack May photo (Mar 30, 2010)

Longtime conventions and trip chairman and former editor of Headlights Jack May will be the presenter of our January meeting, “Survey of the Streetcars of Japan.” Jack traditionally opens each year of ERA meetings with his outstanding presentations. Please join us on Zoom to welcome in the New Year with our first program of 2022! (Read More)

ron yee

We are greatly saddened to announce that Ron Yee died on Friday, October 29 after a very brief but severe illness. Ron (#5169) was an ERA member for 46 years, having joined on July 19, 1976. In addition to being the Tri-State and North American news editor for The Bulletin and a frequent contributor to Headlights, Ron also served on the board of directors as second vice president and corresponding secretary. Our hearts and prayers go out to Ron’s wife Lily and the rest of his family and friends. (Read More)


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