May @CERA: Transit in North Africa

At Place 1 Novembre in Oran on March 22, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Place 1 Novembre in Oran on March 22, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

Our Next Program:

Transit in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia by Ray DeGroote

CERA goes international for our May program. Our resident world traveler and raconteur Ray DeGroote has been giving his passport a workout lately, and hopes to expand your horizons as well.

Five light rail lines opened in North Africa in the last three years: Rabat and Casablanca in Morocco and Algiers; Oran and Constantine in Algeria. In addition Algiers opened a metro line, the second in all of Africa (Cairo was first.) The Tunis, Tunisia light rail system has been in service almost 30 years and new cars are now being delivered. In addition, Tunis has two suburban lines.

CERA members Ray DeGroote and Bruce Moffat visited Morocco last October, and Ray just returned from a trip to Tunisia, Algiers, and France. The May program will include views from all of these places, some historical notes, and even perhaps a word or two in Arabic. Be sure to join us for an entertaining and informative evening.

Admission is free for current CERA members. There will be a $5.00 Admission charge for non-members. Passports are optional, but we do take Visa.

Friday, May 23, 2014
University Center
525 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

1900 hrs / 7:00pm

Please note that CERA programs are always held on the fourth Friday of the month. There are five Fridays this May.

Caroubier Depot in Algiers on March 23, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

Caroubier Depot in Algiers on March 23, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Poly Clinique in Algiers on March 20, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Poly Clinique in Algiers on March 20, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At the depot in Algiers on March 20, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At the depot in Algiers on March 20, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Gare in Oran on March 22, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Gare in Oran on March 22, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Ben Abdelmalek in Constantine on March 18, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Ben Abdelmalek in Constantine on March 18, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

Near Mentouri in Constantine on March 18, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

Near Mentouri in Constantine on March 18, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Erriadh, Tunisia, on March 17, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

At Erriadh, Tunisia, on March 17, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

Tunisian light rail at Au De Paris on March 15, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

Tunisian light rail at Au De Paris on March 15, 2014. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

SNT/TGM cars 1-44-12 in Tunis at La Corniche on July 26, 1976. (Ray DeGroote Photo)

SNT/TGM cars 1-44-12 in Tunis at La Corniche on July 26, 1976. (Ray DeGroote Photo)



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  1. Great photos, Ray. I don’t think I could keep up with you, and, as you may be aware, you’re old enough to have been my father. Now, about the last photo shown…did this operator copy old Metropolitan Line “saloon” stock that was used by London Transport on the Circle Line in the 1930’s and 1940’s? These cars look like copies, albeit with openable windows.

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