Become a CERA Member Today!

Beginning today, we are accepting payment for 2015 CERA Memberships.  You can also still purchase them for 2014. Since 1938, Central Electric Railfans’ Association has hosted programs, published books, and held fantrips.  We have many exciting things planned for this,… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • The Chicago Streetcar Pictorial Round Table

    Post-war PCC 4140 and pre-war car 4051 at the Madison-Austin loop in July 1951. (CERA Archives)

    September @CERA: The Chicago Streetcar Pictorial Round Table Friday evening, September 26, 2014 – Doors open at 6:30, and the program begins promptly at 7:00 pm University Center, 525 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605 Come join us for the… Read More ›

  • CERA News for September 2014

    Editor’s note: When we had our September meeting notices printed, our vendor accidentally left off the “CERA News” from the backside of the sheet.  We did not discover the mistake until the notices were mailed.  Here is the missing notice,… Read More ›

  • Kenosha Streetcar Day

    Kenosha's streetcar operators are always very courteous and friendly.

    Kenosha’s streetcar loop is about an hour’s drive from Chicago, and is always worth a visit. Last Saturday, September 6th, Kenosha Area Transit celebrated Kenosha Streetcar Day, as they have annually for some years. All the cars were running, and… Read More ›

  • Seashore Contest Answers

    Editor’s Note: Frank Hicks is our contest winner.  Here is his winning submission: Interesting post, and interesting contest!  I’ll take a stab at it… 1 – This is the Northampton Station off of the Boston elevated in downtown Boston.  It… Read More ›

  • A Visit to Seashore (and a Contest)


    Editor’s Note: To read the winning contest answers, click here.   Here are some pictures from my recent trip to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, the first time I’d been there in 35 years. Seashore (originally called the… Read More ›

  • A Visit to Boston

    Boarding the Red Line at Alewife.

    Boston’s public transit system has seen many changes since my first visit there in 1967, but the variety of equipment operated there means it’s always worth a trip. Boston pioneered the use of color-coded transit lines, but unlike Chicago’s, their… Read More ›


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