CERA puts on regular programs and other, special events from time to time. Programs on aspects of electric railroads of yesterday and today typically occur monthly, with a few exceptions.
Travel back to the days when Chicago had the largest cable car system the world has ever seen. Chicago's cable car system sparked a nationwide cable car building-boom that spread to 26 other U.S. cities. This lavishly illustrated PowerPoint presentation is based on Chicago Cable Cars, a new book by Greg Borzo, author of the popular book The Chicago "L." The presentation includes more than 80 photos, some of which have never been published before. Having provided more than one billion rides, Chicago's cable cars filled city residents with pride- and lined robber barons' pockets with money. They helped lay the groundwork for Chicago's transit network of today.
Greg Borzo is an award-winning journalist with a Masters Degree from Northwestern University. He has worked at Modern Railroads, Traffic World, the Business Word, the American Medical Association, the Field Museum and the University of Chicago. He is the Author of The Chicago "L" and Where to Bike Chicago. Currently a freelance writer, Greg lives downtown to better take advantage of all the historical, architectural, musical and cultural amenities that the city has to offer.
Admission is free.
Have a program idea? Have some knowledge and some slides you want to share? Let us know—we’re always looking for new program ideas and presenters! Programs can be presented in digital or slide projector formats.
Newscast/Electric Rail Highlights: Most programs have a special section where member contributions are showcased—it's a bit like a visual "show & tell" for railfans. If you have electric railway images or announcements, we encourage you to contribute!
If you have a program idea, let us know—we are always looking for contributors to showcase electric railways both new and old.