Interurbans

A Tale of Two Awards

The 1923 “Insull Trophy” At our June 18th meeting, your CERA Directors presented Jeff Wien with a token of our appreciation for his 26 years of continuous service as a Board member.  We do not know all the details behind… Read More ›

Two Important Anniversaries

  When you hear talk of 99 years nowadays, it’s usually in the context of something like Chicago giving a private operator a 99-year lease to run the City’s parking meters.  But today, we have something else in mind. The… Read More ›

A Rare Find!

Editor’s Note- Today’s guest columnist is Jeffrey L. Wien, longtime MCERA and an active railfan since the mid-1950s.  Jeff has been a CERA Director since 1988 and is also one of the authors of our Chicago Streetcar Pictorial: The PCC… Read More ›

CERA Used Book Exchange – List #4

This month, our used book list is entirely made up of original Electric Railway Historical Society publications, printed between 1952 and 1967. We are selling the extra copies we accumulated while working on the Complete ERHS Collection DVD project. These… Read More ›

Even More Skokie Swift Photos

Good vibrations from the CTA’s rare operation of the historic 4000-series cars on the Skokie Swift continue to reverberate in the railfan community. Today, we are sharing some more great photos of last week’s event, which celebrated the 50th anniversary… Read More ›