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, November 28, 2014
1900 hrs / 7:00pm
University Center (Map)

The North Side "L" by Bruce Moffat

Long-time CERA member and author Bruce Moffat recounts the history of Chicago's North Side "L" in this informative and entertaining program. He will trace its development, beginning with Charles Yerkes' battle with the City to extend rapid transit into the north side, followed by upgrading a steam railroad to extend "L" trains into the suburbs. Joint operations with steam- powered freights, electric interurbans and the "L"'s own electric freight are also covered.

Mr. Moffat's books include Forty Feet Below - The Story of Chicago's Freight Tunnels, The Chicago Tunnel Story: Exploring the Railroad "Forty Feet Below" (CERA B-135), and The "L": The Development of Chicago's Rapid Transit System, 1888-1932 (CERA B-131). In addition, he has also authored Shore Line Interurban Historical Society Dispatches 1 and 5: Cooperation Moves the Public, and The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies.


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

December 26: Melbourne Electric Trams and Cable Trams by Jeffrey L. Wien

January 24, 2015: The Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee

February 27, 2015: The CTA Then and Now

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

April 24, 2015: San Francisco by Peter Ehrlich

May 22, 2015: TBA

June 26, 2015: Wisconsin Traction in Twilight by Russ Schultz and Jeff Wien

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