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.
Although the rapid transit system has seen continual changes from its start in 1892 until the present, the '40s through the '60s brought about many interesting developments - the subways, the modern cars, several abandonments, center reservations in expressways, etc. Longtime MCERA Ken Spengler will offer up a slice of history that our older members will remember and the younger ones should find interesting.
Ken will concentrate on both the lines and route changes. We will see a lot of material on the Lake Street elevation and the changeover from Garfield Park to Congress. Come join us for what promises to be a very informative and enjoyable program.
Admission is free for current CERA members. There will be a $5.00 Admission charge for non-members.
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 are presented in digital format.
Newscast/Electric Rail Highlights: Sometimes our 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!
May 23: International Program by Ray DeGroote
June 27: Farewell to Chicago's Red Streetcars by Bernard Rossbach
If you have a program idea, let us know—we are always looking for contributors to showcase electric railways both new and old.