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, April 25, 2014
1900 hrs / 7:00pm
University Center (Map)

Chicago Rapid Transit in the 1950s and 60s by Ken Spengler

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!

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


Upcoming programs

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.