Central Electric 
Railfans' Association

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, January 24, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University Center, Loop River Room, 525 S. State St., Chicago, IL

    David Wilson, historian and CERA member, will present a review of the evolution of rail transit in Philadelphia since he started visiting there regularly in the mid-1960s.  As usual, David will present a variety of images of Philadelphia rail transit — streetcars, rapid transit, electrified suburban rail transit — as it has evolved over the past 50 years. Be sure to attend what will be an entertaining and informative program!

    Please note: The CERA Board has made a change in its admissions policy, as of the January 2020 program. Non-members may attend programs for a $5 fee, and CERA members in good standing may attend for free. CERA members may also bring one non-paying guest. Please present your membership card or pay your fee upon arrival.

    JANUARY IS ALSO THE CERA ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
    Before David Wilson’s presentation on Jan. 24, 2020, Central Electric Railfans’ Association will hold its annual members meeting in which the 2019 audit committee report will be presented and the results of the 2020 Board of Directors election will be announced. At the beginning of the meeting, CERA members will present their membership cards in order to receive a voting card which voting members may raise if any motions are made during the annual members meeting.

    • Friday, February 28, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University Center, Lake Room, 525 S. State St., Chicago, IL

    WESTERN TRACTION
    Presented by John Nicholson

    University Center: Lake Room (Please note room change.)

    Join us for Movie Night! Longtime CERA member, and the talented production coordinator of our most recent bulletins, John Nicholson. Enjoy mostly 16mm color film featuring the electric railways of Utah and traction in the San Francisco Bay area, including both the SP and Key System operations.


Past Events

Friday, December 27, 2019 The Metra / IC Electric
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, May 25, 2018 BELLE CITY (RACINE, WIS.) STREETCARS & IC SUBURBAN SERVICE TO ADDISON
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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