Central Electric 
Railfans' Association

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, December 27, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University Center, Loop River Room, 525 S. State St., Chicago, IL

    Join us for an evening of entertainment and exploration as we venture on a journey over a system in CERA’s own “back yard” — the Metra/IC Electric. There will be images of or from each of the stations on the railroad.

    At some locations, all three types of cars can be seen. There will be views of IC cars on the South Shore and

    South Shore cars on the IC (not where they belong). There also will be photos of a few unusual events.

    Tonight’s presenter has an affinity for train operations on Chicago’s South Side. Richard Aaron actively photographed the last decade of service of the venerable “Green Machines” as well as the full life of their replacement, the Highliner Is. The recent introduction of a new fleet of gallery coaches necessitated an ongoing effort to revisit the railroad. Tonight, we will see what 50 years has brought to the cars, infrastructure, and service territory of the Metra/IC Electric. We will clearly see why “The Electric” was and continues to be “Chicago’s Finest Transportation.”

    Notice to CERA Members: Anyone attending CERA monthly programs must be a paid member of CERA for 2019. Members will show their cards at the door or their names can be checked in the membership data base. Paid CERA members may bring a guest. Memberships will be sold at the door by credit card or check, no cash, but admission will be restricted to CERA members only.

Past Events

Friday, November 22, 2019 Mike’s Upstairs Railroad: The Story of the Lake Street "L"
Friday, October 25, 2019 Eastern Pennsylvania Railway
Friday, September 27, 2019 Railfaning Southern California
Friday, June 28, 2019 Streetcars of the Key City: Dubuque
Friday, May 24, 2019 Steel City Streetcars: Films of Pittsburgh Railways 1940s - 1960s
Friday, April 26, 2019 Louisville’s Street Railways—Their Cars and Growth
Friday, March 22, 2019 From Garfield 'L' to Congress Rapid Transit
Friday, February 22, 2019 Michigan Railroad Company: Western and Northwestern Divisions
Friday, January 25, 2019 North and South of the Border: The Interurbans of Canada and Mexico
Friday, December 28, 2018 The South Shore Line: A Visual Appreciation
Friday, November 23, 2018 The Traction Films of Everett White: Atlantic City Trolley Days
Friday, October 26, 2018 Wilkes-Barre & Hazelton Railway: By Third Rail over the Mountains
Friday, September 28, 2018 80th Anniversary Celebration Program (9/28) and Fantrips (9/29-9/30)!
Friday, June 22, 2018 June 22, 1958 - A Weekend to Remember: The end of streetcar operation in Illinois and the beginning of a new era in Chicago’s Rapid Transit
Friday, April 27, 2018 A Fifty-Year Transit Retrospective
Friday, February 23, 2018 Relive Recent CTA History
Friday, January 26, 2018 Relive CERA History: CERA Fan Trips From 1938 - 1962
Friday, December 22, 2017 On Electric! The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company Part 2
Friday, November 24, 2017 Vintage Chicago Traction
Friday, October 27, 2017 Frankfurters! The Electric Railways of Frankfurt am Main
Friday, September 22, 2017 The Red Arrow Lines
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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