CENTRAL ELECTRIC RAILFANS' ASSOCIATION

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

WHAT'S NEW AT CERA!

THIS FRIDAY ON ZOOM:
Before There Was a Prairie Path: The Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad

Presented by John Nicholson

Friday, May 14, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Central)

Having already covered the South Shore Line and the North Shore Line, tonight we’ll focus on the history and operations of the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad, the third of Insull’s “super interurbans.”

We’ll travel all over the CA&E—the mainline and all branches—in both color and black-and-white images. We’ll look at the CA&E’s equipment roster with its mixture of wood and steel interurban cars and we’ll discuss the events that led to the demise of this once-busy interurban.

This program is open to everyone. Follow this link to the Zoom meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83718598783?pwd=djB0M1RrRkwwby84ZnVIQUhpU3Fjdz09

Meeting ID: 837 1859 8783

Passcode: 022673

Admission will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to starting time.

May 28: CERA Members-Only Zoom Program

CERA’s Early Days: The Movies of Ray Zielinski

We’ll travel back to the 1940s to ride on some of the very first of the CERA “Inspection Trips” as seen through the movie camera of Ray Zielinski. Looking at what was available for CERA fantrips 80 years ago, one becomes painfully aware of the loss of so many these fascinating traction lines from the North Shore, CA&E, Gary Railways and others.|

Members will be sent a Zoom link through the mail and email. Members, if you have not received a link yet, please let us know by email at ceraoffice@gmail.com

RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

CERA TIME TRAVELS ON CHICAGO'S METROPOLITAN "L"

On Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 Bruce Moffat presented: Chicago’s Metropolitan “L”. The Zoom program recording is available here.

OTHER CERA ZOOM PROGRAMS

RIDE THE NORTH SHORE LINE AGAIN!We were happy to see at least 282 viewers on our Jan. 22 program about the North Shore Line. Watch the recorded program by following this link.


MANHATTAN TRANSFER

David Wilson takes us on a trip to New York City in this recorded Zoom program.

THE LOOP "L"

Patrick Reardon's history of The Loop: The "L" Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago. The edited video of the program is now live.

Ray DeGroote's October railfanning in Hungary and the Czech Republic, is also available.

And from John Nicholson comes September's presentation ofthe Chicago South Shore and South Bend.

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

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.


UPCOMING ONLINE PROGRAMS 
FROM CERA ... AND OUR FRIENDS!

This Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. (Central) 20th Century Railroad Club has another traction-related program offering.

Kelly Wenger of the South Shore Line will detail progress on two large capital projects now underway have a look back at the storied line's 110 years of service.

                               NICTD - South Shore Line

To view the Zoom meeting, which is open to all comers, please visit:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87268399334?pwd=QWFNbmZpVFdqR1huWjA1K3dzV2pKZz09

Meeting ID: 872 6839 9334 and Passcode: 707551

Also, the recording of CERA'S own John Nicholson's presentation about Lehigh Valley Transit for the 20th Century Railroad Club is now available on the 20th Century website.

CERA'S SECOND FRIDAY ZOOM PROGRAM THIS FRIDAY!

Friday, May 14, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (Central)

Before There Was a Prairie Path: The Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad -- Presented by John Nicholson

Having already covered the South Shore Line and the North Shore Line, we’ll focus on the history and operations of the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad, the third of Insull’s “super interurbans.” 

This program is open to everyone. Follow this link to the Zoom meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83718598783?pwd=djB0M1RrRkwwby84ZnVIQUhpU3Fjdz09

Meeting ID: 837 1859 8783
Passcode: 022673


ERA PRESENTS: Peter Ehrlich Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern)

The Electric Railroaders' Association welcomes noted traction author and retired San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar motorman Peter Ehrlich.

His multi-national presentation will focus on:

• Trams in Milan

• Trams in Blackpool, England, and

• Within the U.S., recent happenings in Phoenix, San Francisco and Chicago.

Please go to ERA’s website at www.erausa.org for the Zoom link to join. The home page with the evening’s program will have the “Zoom Login” button for joining the Zoom meeting posted about five days before the meeting. The Zoom meeting becomes available for signing on at 7:15 PM (Eastern). The show begins at 7:30 PM. 

Upcoming Programs

  • LIVE PROGRAMS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 MANDATES

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