Electric Railroaders' Association (NYC group)

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Electric Railroaders' Association (NYC group)

Postby SouthernRailway » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:40 pm

I see that there is a NYC-based railroad group: the Electric Railroaders' Association: http://www.erausa.org/.

I don't get why it's just for electrified railroads only, but is it a group worth joining? I'm just interested in seeing how railroads actually work and getting connections in the field. No interest if it's a bunch of oddball train geeks. (I have plenty of friends interested in transportation, but they're all interested in aviation only.)

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Re: Electric Railroaders' Association (NYC group)

Postby Mr rt » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:05 am

The ERA has always been about mass transit via electricty. There used to be many sub-groups around the country. Now just a few left.
An infrequent publication "Headlights" is an excelent read/view.
They meet once a month (3rd Friday of the month) & typically have a show (slides, movies, powerpoint).
NYC subways is a frequent topic, but other transit systems from around the World are frequently the topic.
I'm not a member but belong to four trolley museums (2 in CT, 1 in ME & 1 in IL).
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Re: Electric Railroaders' Association (NYC group)

Postby 3rdrail » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:23 am

I'm a member of the NY Division of E.R.A. and yes, they are an interesting group who hold meetings, sell publications, and make announcements regarding fan trips and tours. You'll get their periodical magazine which usually comes with flyers to railfan based activities in the NY area as well as the parent E.R.A.'s "Headlights" Magazine. Also, the parent national E.R.A. Convention, held annually at various locations in the U.S., is a great event, always having great entertainment, food, and speakers. They have sustained my interest in them these many years to prevent me from dropping out so that should say something, I guess.
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