Central Electric 
Railfans' Association

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • University Center 525 S. State St. Chicago, IL

    April at CERA

    Modern Light Rail and Streetcar Systems

    Presented by Peter Ehrlich

    Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7 p.m. CDT

    University Center

    Loop River Room

    (Note: New room is next to the old one)

    525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL

    (Located between Congress Parkway and Harrison Street)

    The Loop River Room is located on the second floor. After entering the lobby, go through the glass doors on your left for stair and elevator access to the area. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    The renaissance of electric rail transit in North America has truly been amazing. New systems seem to be starting up faster than when the old ones were being abandoned back in the “dark ages.” Not only are light rail systems now operating where interurban lines once ran, but cities are building new streetcar lines as a means of spurring urban development and making city transit more attractive to the public.

    In tonight’s program, author and historian Peter Ehrlich will provide an overview of these new systems in terms of what is currently in operation and those projects in the planning stage. Also covered will be examples of new equipment and the technology that comprise today’s modern light rail systems. Join us for an interesting and entertaining evening.


Past Events

Friday, March 24, 2017 "Totem" Across the Cities: A Review of Electric Transit in the Pacific Northwest
Friday, February 24, 2017 Milwaukee Traction in the 1950s
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Cubs "L" Photo Special
Friday, January 27, 2017 Tribute to the North Shore Line
Friday, December 23, 2016 Pittsburgh Railways Interurbans 1960 - 2015 Presented by Richard Aaron
Friday, November 25, 2016 The Lake Street "L" presented by Bruce Moffat
Friday, October 28, 2016 A Tour of the Milwaukee Electric’s Milwaukee Northern and Milwaukee-Racine-Kenosha Divisions By Thomas J. Jervan and Scott Greig
Friday, September 23, 2016 Midwest Traction Review Part 2 and Southern California Transit Review by Harvey Laner
Friday, June 24, 2016 Kansas City Public Service, Los Angeles Transit Lines, Chicago ‘L in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s Films
Friday, May 27, 2016 Railroad and Interurban Advertising Posters From the 1920's Insull Era
Friday, April 22, 2016 Traction Properties of Northern Indiana
Friday, March 25, 2016 The Trolley Came Back!
Friday, February 26, 2016 Are You HUNGARY For Streetcars? CZECH out this CERA Program!
Friday, January 22, 2016 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
Friday, January 22, 2016 North Shore Line: A Visit to Highwood
Friday, November 27, 2015 The Lehigh Valley Transit Company
Friday, October 23, 2015 Canada 1958
Friday, September 25, 2015 21st Century Movies, etc.
Friday, May 22, 2015 Craig Allen Cleve - "The Green Hornet Streetcar Disaster"
Friday, April 24, 2015 Slide Presentation of San Francisco’s F-Line by Peter Ehrlich

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