Central Electric 
Railfans' Association

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, March 22, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University Center 525 S. State St., Chicago

    The decade between 1950 and 1960 was one of tremendous change for the West Side of Chicago. The Garfield “L” provided the principal rapid transit service with trains connecting the Loop with Oak Park and as far out as Westchester. The interurban trains of the Chicago Aurora and Elgin used the Garfield “L” tracks to bring thousands of west suburban commuters and shoppers into downtown Chicago.

    Yet by 1960 all of this was gone and the area had been totally transformed. A new limited-access superhighway—the Congress Expressway—had been built. Thousands of businesses and homes were demolished in its construction and by the time of its completion, the CA&E had ended operation, a victim of construction priorities and politics. And the Garfield “L” itself had been replaced by a new concept in public transportation—a rapid transit line operating in the median strip of the new expressway.

    Historian and CERA member David Wilson will retell in detail the story of the events that, for better or worse, changed the landscape of Chicago’s West Side. Be sure to join us!

    NOTICE to CERA Members: Beginning in January 2019, 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 database. Paid CERA members may bring a guest. Memberships will be sold at the door.

Past Events

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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