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WHAT'S NEW AT CERA!

OCTOBER UPDATE

CERA held another successful Zoom program Oct. 9 as Ray DeGroote took us on a tour of tram lines in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

CERA thanks the 100+ of you who attended the October program, and extends an apology to anyone who was not able to log in because of the inadvertent participant limit. We will post video of the October and September programs soon.

If you’d like to present a program for CERA via Zoom, contact us. We can scan your photos or slides and format them into a PowerPoint program for presentation.

NEW BLOG POST!

Our latest blog post features beautifully restored photography of traction models, in the first such CERA Blog dedicated exclusively to models.

Upcoming CERA Zoom Programs

November 13 at 7:00 p.m. (CST): The Loop: The “L” Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago presented by Patrick Reardon.  Patrick’s presentation is in conjunction with the publication of the book of the same name. Members may obtain additional information about his forthcoming book through this link: http://siupress.com/books/978-0-8093-3810-8

CERA Blog

Model traction makes its first appearance in the CERA Blog as we feature a selection of trolley models built and/or painted by the late Larry Konsbruck.

Publications

The files for Bulletin 151 Trolleys to the Boardwalk: A History of Atlantic City Trolleys 1854-1955 are going to the printer this month. This book will be available to 2018 CERA members in December and will be available to the public through our bookstore.

All “In-Person” Programs Cancelled through the End of 2020 University Center has informed us that all conference dates at their facility have been cancelled through the end of the year.

If you are interested in presenting a live program at CERA in 2021, contact our program director, Andrew Sunderland, through the CERA email address: cera-office@gmail.com.

Zoom Program Schedule

All Zoom programs are held on the second Friday of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). The link to each month’s meeting will be available on the CERA web site and admission will begin at 6:45.

October 9 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) Are You Hungary for Streetcars? Then Czech this out! presented by Ray DeGroote

November 13 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) The Loop: The “L” Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago presented by Patrick Reardon

December 11 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) TBA presented by David Wilson

Blog: The Photography of Robert Konsbruck

CERA’s Blog returns with color traction photographs from the collection of the late Robert Konsbruck. We plan to present these and other images from the CERA archives every three to four weeks.

Also, if anyone has any rail transit news to pass along to the membership, please send it along to us with any accompanying images you might have to ceraoffice@gmail.com. This is your website and we can all participate to make it interesting and exciting to all.


MEETING WRAP UP

CERA'S OCTOBER ZOOM PROGRAM ON FRIDAY, OCT. 9

Are You “Hungary” for Streetcars? Then “Czech” This Out!

Host Ray DeGroote took us on a tour of tram lines operating in Hungary and the Czech Republic, including visits to the historical tram collections kept in many of the cities and an amusing encounter with a group of young teen tram fans in Ostrava. Ray’s commentary and photos are always both entertaining and informative— and we received a free language lesson as well!
Stay tuned for video postings of the Zoom program here.




















Upcoming Programs

  • LIVE PROGRAMS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 MANDATES

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