Event calendar

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.


Our Next Program:

Friday, September 26, 2014
1900 hrs / 7:00pm
University Center (Map)

Chicago Streetcar Pictorial Round Table

Our next book Chicago Streetcar Pictorial: the PCC Car Era 1936-1958 will be published in August. To commemorate this, we are inviting all the living photographers who have work in the book to take part in a moderated discussion that will be videotaped for eventual DVD release. Meet the book's three authors in person and get your copy of B-146 signed at this once-in-a-lifetime "oral history" event.

See rare films and images of Chicago PCC streetcars. There will be displays of memorabilia and a question-and-answer session as well.

Since we expect the demand for seats to far exceed the supply, this will be a ticketed event. Information on how to get tickets will be mailed out to current CERA Members starting on July 1st. Be sure to join us for a unique, entertaining and informative slice of Chicago history. Get your ticket before this event is completely "sold out."

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!

Please contact us at ceraoffice@gmail.com to contribute!


Upcoming programs

October 24: The Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric by William Shapotkin

November 28: The North Side "L" by Bruce Moffat

December 26: The Toonerville Trolley That Met All the Trains by David Sadowski with Ray DeGroote and Stephen L. Meyers

January 24, 2015: The CNS&M Shore Line Route - 60 Years Gone

February 27, 2015: TBA

March 27, 2015: George Krambles at 100 by Art Peterson

If you have a program idea, let us know—we are always looking for contributors to showcase electric railways both new and old.