Central Electric 
Railfans' Association

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, June 23, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • University Center 525 S. State St. Chicago, IL

     June at CERA

    Traction Along the Fox River

    Elgin, Aurora, and in Between

    Presented by William Shapotkin

    Friday, June 23, 2017, at 7 p.m. CDT

    University Center

    Loop River Room

    525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL

    (Located between Congress Parkway and Harrison Street)

    The Loop River Room is located on the second floor. After entering the lobby, go through the glass doors on your left for stair and elevator access to the area. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    To anyone living along the Fox River outside of Chicago early in the twentieth century, the air was alive with the sound of traction motors. Aurora and Elgin boasted respectable streetcar systems which were connected by an interurban. Traction service along the river went as far as Carpentersville in the north and Yorkville in the south. The Chicago Aurora and Elgin connected with the Fox River communities of Elgin, Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, and Aurora.

    Noted lecturer and MCERA Bill Shapotkin will take us for a trip along the Fox River to show us what ran, where it ran, and what remains. The program will be profusely illustrated with photos from Bill’s extensive collection. Make a note to be there for what will be an entertaining evening.

    Programs to Come

    September: Red Arrow Lines by John Nicholson


Past Events

Friday, May 26, 2017 The Laurel Line
Friday, April 28, 2017 Modern Light Rail and Streetcar Systems
Friday, March 24, 2017 "Totem" Across the Cities: A Review of Electric Transit in the Pacific Northwest
Friday, February 24, 2017 Milwaukee Traction in the 1950s
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Cubs "L" Photo Special
Friday, January 27, 2017 Tribute to the North Shore Line
Friday, December 23, 2016 Pittsburgh Railways Interurbans 1960 - 2015 Presented by Richard Aaron
Friday, November 25, 2016 The Lake Street "L" presented by Bruce Moffat
Friday, October 28, 2016 A Tour of the Milwaukee Electric’s Milwaukee Northern and Milwaukee-Racine-Kenosha Divisions By Thomas J. Jervan and Scott Greig
Friday, September 23, 2016 Midwest Traction Review Part 2 and Southern California Transit Review by Harvey Laner
Friday, June 24, 2016 Kansas City Public Service, Los Angeles Transit Lines, Chicago ‘L in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s Films
Friday, May 27, 2016 Railroad and Interurban Advertising Posters From the 1920's Insull Era
Friday, April 22, 2016 Traction Properties of Northern Indiana
Friday, March 25, 2016 The Trolley Came Back!
Friday, February 26, 2016 Are You HUNGARY For Streetcars? CZECH out this CERA Program!
Friday, January 22, 2016 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
Friday, January 22, 2016 North Shore Line: A Visit to Highwood
Friday, November 27, 2015 The Lehigh Valley Transit Company
Friday, October 23, 2015 Canada 1958
Friday, September 25, 2015 21st Century Movies, etc.
Friday, May 22, 2015 Craig Allen Cleve - "The Green Hornet Streetcar Disaster"
Friday, April 24, 2015 Slide Presentation of San Francisco’s F-Line by Peter Ehrlich

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