Central Electric 
Railfans' Association

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, September 22, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • University Center Loop River Room 525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL

    September at CERA

    The Red Arrow Lines

    Presented by John Nicholson

    Friday, September 22nd, 2017, at 7 p.m. CDT

    University Center

    Loop River Room

    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.

    That the Red Arrow has been one of the country’s most successful traction companies is borne out by the fact that much of it continues to operate today under the auspices of SEPTA. MCERA John Nicholson will present a PowerPoint program taking you back on a journey over the Red Arrow lines with color images dating from the early 1940s to the present.

    The first half of the program will focus on the suburban trolley lines of the Philadelphia & West Chester Traction Company which later evolved into the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company. The second half is on the third rail-operated Philadelphia & Western with its lines to Strafford and Norristown.

    Be sure to come for what will be an enjoyable evening.



Past Events

Friday, June 23, 2017 Traction Along the Fox River
Friday, May 26, 2017 The Laurel Line
Friday, April 28, 2017 Modern Light Rail and Streetcar Systems
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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