CENTRAL ELECTRIC RAILFANS' ASSOCIATION

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WHAT'S NEW AT CERA!


4th FRIDAY OF THE MONTH:

EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEMBERS, EXCLUSIVELY LIVE ON ZOOM

Our 4th Friday of the Month, members-only programs continue with June 25th's program featuring Harvey Laner's videography of Texas Traction and a special, new face presenting in July.

July 23rd's program comes to us from Luke Stephens, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa high school student who will present on the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (Crandic) and the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railroad. 

Stephens is a Cedar Rapids area high school student who has a curiosity about “the way things used to be” where he lives. 

Both programs will also include an electric railfan newscast and lively discussion. 

But they're only available to current CERA members. If you are a member and haven't seen a notification in your e-mail, please let us know at ceraoffice@gmail.com.
If you are not a member, please click on the JOIN link here, or at the top of the page.

RECORDED PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO ALL

Watch the recording of our public Zoom presentation from May 14, Before There Was a Prairie Path: The Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad, presented by John Nicholson.

The program, which clocks in at an hour and 52 minutes of fascinating stories and photograpy can be viewed here. 

Watch 20th Century's LeHigh Valley Transit program.

20th Century Railroad Club welcomed CERA President John Nicholson for a reprise of the Lehigh Valley Transit portion of John's August CERA Zoom meeting. That's the program we had not been able to feature in a recording. So click here to see and hear the history of Pennsylvania inter-urban line Lehigh Valley Transit.

The recording of the April 14 presentation for 20th Century  runs just about an hour long. 

TIME TRAVEL TO CHICAGO'S METROPOLITAN "L"

On Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 Bruce Moffat presented: Chicago’s Metropolitan “L”. The Zoom program recording is available here.

OTHER CERA ZOOM PROGRAMS

RIDE THE NORTH SHORE LINE AGAIN!We were happy to see at least 282 viewers on our Jan. 22 program about the North Shore Line. Watch the recorded program by following this link.


MANHATTAN TRANSFER

David Wilson takes us on a trip to New York City in this recorded Zoom program.

THE LOOP "L"

Patrick Reardon's history of The Loop: The "L" Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago. The edited video of the program is now live.

Ray DeGroote's October railfanning in Hungary and the Czech Republic, is also available.

And from John Nicholson comes September's presentation ofthe Chicago South Shore and South Bend.

If you’d like to present a program with CERA via Zoom, contact us. We can scan your photos or slides and format them into a PowerPoint program for presentation.

Please consider donating to CERA. Our members and non-members alike help us keep providing monthly programming, annual books, periodic trips and events and more. Simply click on the donate button.

STAY TUNED FOR THE RECORDING OF OUR ZOOM PROGRAM ON JUNE 11

David Wilson: From the Garfield 'L' to Blue Line Rapid Transit

The program, based on the new Shore Line Dispatch, will be posted here soon.

In word and picture, David told about how a historic “L” and interurban corridor was transformed into today’s Eisenhower Expressway and its pioneering rapid transit line. 

Coming on June 25: Texas Traction (for members only)

CERA's Fourth Friday events are intended as member-only, by invitation, meetings in which we will share CERA doings, an electric rail news round-up and a shorter format railfan program. If you're not a member, please join to be part of the next Members Meeting on June 25.

WATCH OUR MAY PROGRAM

CERA President John Nicholson presents: 
Before There Was  a Prairie Path: The Chicago Aurora and Elgin in a pre-recorded video from our 2nd Friday of the month Zoom meeting on May 14, 21. Click here to view.

Upcoming Programs

  • LIVE PROGRAMS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 MANDATES

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