CENTRAL ELECTRIC RAILFANS' ASSOCIATION

A not-for-profit technical & educational society, established in 1938

Upcoming Programs

  • Friday, April 26, 2024, 7:00 PM CT in person and zoom

What's new at CERA?

CERA Programs for April

     

 Friday, April 26, 2024, 7:00 PM CT

 In Person 899 S. Plymouth Court

Chicago, IL 60605

Meeting ID: 840 3996 5430
     Passcode: 572661

Zoom: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84039965430?pwd=NjVaWU1iaGs2bXpXRVRVbzdpQ3Yydz09 


The Cleveland & Eastern and

the Cleveland, Painesville & Eastern   

A DVD Presentation, Introduction by Andy Sunderland

               

"(CP&E) was the primary interurban line carrying passengers east from Cleveland to Painesville. A subsidiary line, the Cleveland, Painesville & Ashtabula, extended the route further east to Ashtabula, where passengers could transfer to other interurbans traveling to Erie, PA, and Buffalo, NY. The CP&E was chartered 25 April 1895, as part of the Everett-Moore syndicate. The syndicate, which included officers of the  CLEVELAND ELECTRIC RAILWAY CO controlled all northern Ohio interurbans except the Cleveland, Southwestern & Columbus. The CP&E began service between Cleveland and Painesville on 4 July 1896 from its initial terminus at Ivanhoe Rd. and Euclid Ave. The original, or "main" line included stations in Euclid, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Mentor, and Painesville. In 1897 the line was extended west to  PUBLIC SQUARE , and a northern, or "shore" line was added in 1898, with stops at  COLLINWOOD  and Willoughbeach Park—a CP&E-owned trolley park on Lake Shore Blvd. (at E. 300th St.). The line promoted day trips to the park, which featured a dance hall, picnic groves, swimming, and a few rides."

From Case Western Reserve Univeristy  Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Christiansen, Harry. New Northern Ohio's Interurbans (1983).

———. Trolley Trails through Greater Cleveland (1975).

Come join us for an interesting evening in Chicago’s South Loop.

If interested give our new CERA Executive Director, Elmer Haneberg,

 a call (773) 972-0470

and maybe a few of us can get to the Berghoff for a quick dinner before the meeting !!

The program will be held in person at the Clubroom of 899 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago.and by Zoom Broadcast to CERA Members


           Meeting ID: 814 9251 7167
                   Passcode: 880028


HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR

MEMBERSHIP FOR 2024 YET?

If not, visit the "Join" section of the CERA website where you can renew online or print off a renewal form to send back in the mail.


Thank you for your continued support.

WWW.CERA-CHICAGO.COM/JOIN

Questions? Send us an email at ceraoffice@gmail.com


SEE OUR NEW BOOK

TRANSIT IN THE TRIANGLE VOL. 2

The latest CERA book, Bulletin 152, is now available!


A companion piece to B-145, Transit in the Triangle Volume 2 continues "A Century Look at Pittsburgh Public Transit" covering the Port Authority Years from 1964 to 2014.

It has being shipped as a benefit of membership to all who were members in 2019.

We also have books in hand at our Chicago offices and are ready to send them. Please click on Buy a Book to order.

Take a look in the books section for a special deal on a B-145 and B-152 combination.

JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!

It's that time of year again. Please send your 2024 dues renewal in today. And if you're not a member, what are you waiting for?

Since 1938, Central Electric Railfans’ Association has presented programs, published books, and hosted fan trips.

In 2023 CERA continued its successful online programs on Zoom, offering both “open-to-all” Zoom programs and programs marketed exclusively to members and prospective members. We also returned to our in-person programming at a new location and hosted a fan trip to the Fox River Trolley Museum and Illinois Railway Museum as part of our 85th Anniversary Weekend.

We very proudly edited, published and produced the critically received Transit in the Triangle, Volume 2 which was mailed to all of our 2019 Members. Our goal now is to get out two books in the next 16 months to 2020 and 2021 members!! 

We plan on making 2024 even better. Look forward to new things on Zoom and in our in-person programming, news on upcoming CERA-penned books and other featured products in our store and special deals on older titles in our inventory.

Please consider contributing to these efforts by renewing your membership, or becoming a new member. You can pay for your membership by check or credit card and online via our web site: www.cera-chicago.org/join. We accept PayPal.

CERA 2024 members will receive a hardbound book on an electric railway subject as a membership benefit. You can count on our publications to continue a long tradition of excellence in historical and contemporary electric railway research, while also being both informative and entertaining.


Questions? Send us an email at ceraoffice@gmail.com

Remember, CERA's second Friday of the month Zoom programs are open to all.

But we'd still love to have you as a member. If you aren't a member, please consider joining and visit https://cera-chicago.org/join

Or let us know by email if you have questions at:

ceraoffice@gmail.com

For more railfan programming listings, visit:
http://www.railcc.org/events.html





Please consider donating to CERA. Our members and non-members alike help us keep providing monthly programming, annual books, periodic trips and events and more. Simply click on the donate button.

BUY OUR LATEST BOOK:

TRANSIT IN THE TRIANGLE VOL. 2

The latest CERA book, Bulletin 152, is now available!

It has being shipped as a benefit of membership to all who were members in 2019.

We also have books in hand at our Chicago offices and are ready to send them. Please click on Buy a Book to order.

A companion piece to B-145, Transit in the Triangle Volume 2 continues "A Century Look at Pittsburgh Public Transit" covering the Port Authority Years from 1964 to 2014.

Take a look in the books section for a special deal on a B-145 and B-152 combination.

CERA VIDEOS

Select CERA videos hosted on YouTube are now available.

Here is a list, and links, to currently available videos. Click on the date:


July 2021: Cedar Rapids: A Tale of Two Interurbans, presented by Luke Stephens.

September 2020: A visual appreciation of the South Shore Line by John Nicholson.

October 2020: "Hungary for Streetcars? Czech this out!" a travelog of railfanning in Eastern Europe, by Raymond DeGroote, Jr.

November 2020: The Loop: The 'L' Tracks that Shaped and Saved Chicago by Patrick Reardon.

December 2020: Manhattan Transfer, by David Wilson

TROLLEYS TO THE BOARDWALK

Order CERA Bulletin B-151 today!

Trolleys to the Boardwalk is also available. 

We also have books in hand at our Chicago offices and are ready to send them. Please click on Buy a Book to order.

B-151 is a history of Atlantic City Trolleys from 1854 to 1955, written by James J.N. Henwood, who ecounts the story of trolley operation in Atlantic City, from humble horse cars to the modern Brilliners.

Originally conceived of as a seaside shipping port, Atlantic City’s developers realized its potential for summer visitors seeking an escape from crowded cities to the inviting beaches of the Jersey Shore. Resorts and other businesses burgeoned, helped by the crowds brought to the city over three railroads.

Local transportation began with a simple horsecart service as well as a steam dummy operation. It was traction Pioneer Frank J. Sprague who electrified the city railway in 1889. Under the control of the Pennsylvania Railroad, lines were ultimately consolidated into the Atlantic City & Shore Railroad. Over the years AC&S operated the local Atlantic City trolley service and a short interurban—the Shore Fast Line-between Atlantic City and Ocean City. There was also another electric line in the area, the Atlantic City & Suburban, that led a troubled existence and suffered an early demise.

Come on board and ride back with us in time to relive Atlantic City’s colorful trolley era.

 


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