Central Electric 
Railfans' Association

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, June 23, 2023
    • Saturday, June 24, 2023

    CERA's 85th Anniversary Weekend!

    Join us for an activity-filled weekend as we celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the Central Electric Railfans’ Association on June 23 and June 24, 2023.

    We'll be viewing and riding interurbans past and present. Reserve now for a historic CERA weekend!


    On Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. in Chicago, MCERA William Shapotkin will present a program on the Chicago Aurora and Elgin RR from his vast slide collection at our clubhouse at 899 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago.

    Then on Saturday, June 24, join us on an outing to the Fox River Trolley Museum where we’ll ride AE&FRE #304 on its home rails. Later we’ll move on to the Illinois Railway Museum for an exclusive charter aboard a CA&E train. Charter buses depart Union Station and CTA’s Blue Line Cumberland station. These are historic buses (non-ADA accessible) with limited capacity so reserve now!

    Please note: Our planned, optional meet-up on the South Shore Line for Sunday, June 25, has been canceled due to ongoing work on the line which will make logistics difficult at this time.


    Members: $60
    Non-members: $75

    Print out and return this form, or register online. 

Past Events

Friday, April 28, 2023 Memories of the Orange Cars on the South Shore
Friday, April 28, 2023 The Interurbans of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Friday, April 14, 2023 Scenes on the North Shore Line 1935-1955
Friday, March 10, 2023 Two Video Programs from Ken Spengler
Friday, February 24, 2023 The Bustling Electric Rails of France
Friday, February 10, 2023 MOUNTAIN STATES MEDLEY
Friday, January 27, 2023 Annual Membership Meeting and Hybrid Program
Friday, January 13, 2023 NORTH SHORE LINE:THE ROAD OF SERVICE - on Zoom
Friday, December 30, 2022 130 YEARS OF SERVICE ON CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE 'L'
Friday, December 09, 2022 Interurban Railways of Japan
Friday, October 28, 2022 Philadelphia's Market Street Trolley Subway
Friday, October 14, 2022 Interurban Railways of Canada
Saturday, September 24, 2022 Insull Era Traction: CERA Meet Up at the Illinois Railway Museum
Friday, September 23, 2022 Bill Van Doren Presents: Ohio Electric and Ft. Wayne Trolley Program
Friday, September 09, 2022 CERA Presents: Skokie Rapid Transit to the Yellow Line 1924-2014
Friday, April 08, 2022 April 8, 2022 Harvey Laner Presents: Pacific Northwest Traction
Friday, March 25, 2022 March 25, 2022 A Railfan Sampler by Bruce Moffat (NOTE NEW VENUE!)
Friday, October 22, 2021 October 22, 2021 Streetcars of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (In-Person Meeting)
Friday, September 24, 2021 September 24, 2021 Back to In-Person Meetings
Friday, April 24, 2020 APRIL PROGRAM CANCELLED
Friday, March 27, 2020 MARCH PROGRAM CANCELLED
Friday, February 28, 2020 Movie Night: Western Traction
Friday, January 24, 2020 Electric Transit in Philadelphia: A Half Century
Friday, December 27, 2019 The Metra / IC Electric
Friday, November 22, 2019 Mike’s Upstairs Railroad: The Story of the Lake Street "L"
Friday, October 25, 2019 Eastern Pennsylvania Railway
Friday, September 27, 2019 Railfaning Southern California
Friday, June 28, 2019 Streetcars of the Key City: Dubuque
Friday, May 24, 2019 Steel City Streetcars: Films of Pittsburgh Railways 1940s - 1960s
Friday, April 26, 2019 Louisville’s Street Railways—Their Cars and Growth
Friday, March 22, 2019 From Garfield 'L' to Congress Rapid Transit
Friday, February 22, 2019 Michigan Railroad Company: Western and Northwestern Divisions
Friday, January 25, 2019 North and South of the Border: The Interurbans of Canada and Mexico
Friday, December 28, 2018 The South Shore Line: A Visual Appreciation
Friday, November 23, 2018 The Traction Films of Everett White: Atlantic City Trolley Days
Friday, October 26, 2018 Wilkes-Barre & Hazelton Railway: By Third Rail over the Mountains
Friday, September 28, 2018 80th Anniversary Celebration Program (9/28) and Fantrips (9/29-9/30)!
Friday, June 22, 2018 June 22, 1958 - A Weekend to Remember: The end of streetcar operation in Illinois and the beginning of a new era in Chicago’s Rapid Transit
Friday, April 27, 2018 A Fifty-Year Transit Retrospective
Friday, February 23, 2018 Relive Recent CTA History
Friday, January 26, 2018 Relive CERA History: CERA Fan Trips From 1938 - 1962
Friday, December 22, 2017 On Electric! The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company Part 2
Friday, November 24, 2017 Vintage Chicago Traction
Friday, October 27, 2017 Frankfurters! The Electric Railways of Frankfurt am Main
Friday, September 22, 2017 The Red Arrow Lines
Friday, June 23, 2017 Traction Along the Fox River
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 North Shore Line: A Visit to Highwood
Friday, January 22, 2016 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
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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