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CERA's Second Friday Zoom Program For March: The Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railway

  • Friday, March 08, 2024
  • 7:00 PM
  • Via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/CERAonZoom

CERA Zoom Program for March

CERA Zoom Programs for March

The Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railway

Presented by Bruce Moffat
Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7 p.m. CST

The Chicago Transit Authority's Blue and Plink rapid transit lines had their origins back in 1895 as part of the Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railway.  The Met's four "L" routes blanketed much of the city's west side and adjacent suburban areas.  Long-time CERA member Bruce Moffat will guide us on a look back at the Met's unusually diverse operations, which included funeral trains and even picnic specials to the Fox River Valley.  The program will also take a look at the ensuing decades, operating as part of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company and today's CTA.  Through it all, the former Met lines evolved to meet the changing needs of the nation's "Second City".

This program is open to all—both CERA members and non-members. Go to CERA’s web page at:

www.cera-chicago.org for the link to the program.

This is a repeat of the program first shown three years ago that attracted 320 viewers. If you missed this program the first time around, you’ll want to be on hand for what will be an entertaining and informative evening. 

Not a CERA member? Please join us.  This may be the last free presentation offered to non-members and for the cost of an Active $50 Membership, you can help sustain these fine programs and even receive a rare, limited edition publication for each year of your membership. Go to https://www.cera-chicago.org/join

The program is on Zoom only, all are welcome.


Meeting ID: 814 9251 7167
Passcode: 880028

Traction in the Winter

Presented by Norman Krentel

Friday, March 22, 2024 at 7 p.m. CST In Person/Members Only


Norm will present over 300 slides and a brief movie of some spectacular Winter scenes including many images of something we once used to call “Snow”.  We in the Midwest have not seen a lot of the fluffy white stuff this winter but Norm will be showing us pictures of the Mundelein Branch of the North Shore, piles of lake Effect snow along the South Shore, the East Troy Freight line as well as the Milwaukee Road and Cornwall Street Railway.


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.


Possible, but not likely, it is  being zoomed.

This may be a last minute decsion by the presenter but is unlikely 
Meeting ID: 814 9251 7167
Passcode: 880028

All are welcome.




Meeting ID: 814 9251 7167

Passcode: 880028

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