This page was last updated: April 9, 2018
- CALENDAR OF EVENTS -
A listing of all known rail and transit enthusiast events happening in and around the
Chicago-Kenosha-Milwaukee-Rockford area..
(Except where noted, meetings/activites take place in the city of Chicago)
If your organization's meetings/events are not listed -- or if you have any corrections
to be made to your event, contact Bill Shapotkin at traingg1@aol.com.
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Apr 20 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting  7:30-9:30 PM
Location: Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd -- Room 107A) (See NOTE)
Admission:      Free
Program:                "The J Line -- Chicago to Madison, WI on the MILW," by William M. Shapotkin.
        Enter at 500 W. Jackson Blvd., t three steps. The main waiting room may be closed for a private
NOTE: Steps into Room 107A interfere with wheelchair use. Enter at 500 W. Jackson Blvd., 
   party. Call 312 725-0432 during meeting for assistance.
Information      http://rscc.dhke.com/ or Phone (312) 725-0432
For program announcements by email, send a message to schs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
May 4 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
      Location:             Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
      Admission:           Free.
      Program:              To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org/
May 4 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
     Location:                 Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
Admission:     Free.
Program:                "Santa Fe Railroad Memories," by Mike Blaszak.
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
May 4  (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
     Location:            North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd) in Fox Point, WI.
     Admission:           Free
     Program:             To be annnounced.
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
May 18 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting  7:30-9:30 PM
Location: Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd -- Room 107A) (See NOTE)
Admission:      Free
Program:                To be announced.
NOTE: Steps into Room 107A interfere with wheelchair use. Enter at 500 W. Jackson Blvd., 
         between Clinton & Canal, just three steps. The main waiting room may be closed for a private
   party. Call 312 725-0432 during meeting for assistance.
Information      http://rscc.dhke.com/ or Phone (312) 725-0432
For program announcements by email, send a message to schs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
May 25 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:        Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Apr 11 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:           Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner of the Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:       Free.
Program:            Two Programs “Suburban Symphony” and “Towers--The Last Outposts,” by George Hiotis.
     Suburban Symphony is a brief survey of the New York metropolitan area rail commuter lines, with a human-
     interest emphasis. The primary focus is on present-day NJ Transit operations, but some vintage equipment is
     also seen. Most of the musical score is classical, as "symphony" seems descriptive of the coordinated nature
     of the system. Symphony is in six scenes: dawn in Westfield; the Raritan Valley Line in Westfield and
     Fanwood; the Morris & Essex and Gladstone lines; snow; night; and an excursion on LIRR, NH, NYC and
     PRR. Essentially, it is a return, 45 years later, to some of the locales of the photographer's youth, seen anew
     with a different viewpoint born of much more experience plus advanced photo equipment. It's an ongoing "work
     in progress" – a journey of discovery – portraying both the frantic and tranquil moments of commuting by rail.

    Towers – The Last Outposts posits that interlocking towers were the last holdouts in an era of encroaching
    automation, succumbing one-by-one. They were places where a lone employee spent an 8-hour shift, in
    contact only by radio with dispatchers and train crews: For that alone, it is a unique aspect of railroading. The
    emphasis will be on the human aspect, along with a pictorial review of the distinctive styles of towers used by
    various railroads, in varying moods of light. There will also be an emphasis on the anachronistic combination of 
    19th and 20th-century technologies at some of the locations, which, as part of far-flung, modernizing
    corporations, managed to survive so long. Featured will be the former B&O last string of towers in West
    Virginia: Martinsburg; West Cumbo; Miller and Hancock.
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
Apr 21 (Saturday) Chicago Terminal Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical                                        Society  meeting (2:00-4:00 PM)
Location: Historic Pullman Center (614 E. 113 St).
Note Change in meeting location (this month only)!!!
Admission:      Free.
Program:               "Logansport-Louisville on the route of the South Wind," by William Shapotkin.

                         We will travel south from Logansport thru Indianapolis on the one-time route of the PRR's South
                         Wind and take a look at Amtrak's still-born operation of "Auto Track," a proposed Indianapolis-
                         Florida auto-carrying passengrer service.
Information      ld_mlc43@comcast.net
   Location is accessible to public transportation using CTA bus #4 or 115 to/from 111th/Cottage Grove Ave or
   Metra Electric to/from 111/Pullman station (which is not ADA accessible) or to/from 115/Kensington 
   (which is ADA accessible).
May 9 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:              Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner of the Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:              "To be 'Specific," it will be PACIFIC,"by GeorgeStrombeck.
     During the 1800’s, as railroads were building westward, many used the word “Pacific” in their corporate name,
     to show their intention to reach the Pacific Ocean.  Included were the Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, Western 
     Pacific, Northwestern Pacific, Southern Pacific, Pacific Electric, Texas and Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Canadian
     Pacific, Pacific Great Eastern (in Canada), Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific, and (my favorite)
     Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific!   During the 1960’s I had opportunity to visit all of these ‘Pacific’ railroads,
     rode their trains, and photographed their passenger and freight equipment, with their diverse logos and varied
     color schemes.  Also included were some steam excursions, and cab rides!  Today only the Union Pacific
     survives, all the others have either merged away, or gone bankrupt!"
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
Apr 21 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:               Waterstone Bank (6560 S 27th St) in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:      Free
Program:                "The Little Train that Could," by Bob Baker.

                        The future looked bleak for America’s last interurban in 1973. The South Shore Line was
                        unable to fill its rush hour schedule with ample equipment, maintain facilities and was
                        losing passengers and revenue. Come take a look as “The Little Train That Could, DID!”
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
May 19 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:             Waterstone Bank (6560 S 27th St) in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:        Free
Program:                 "Popcorn Trolleys and Trains," by Charles Damaske.

                       This program will show rare 16mm movies on many railroads in America. Some of these are
                       professionally produced and will be served with popcorn and soda.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Apr 28 (Saturday) Illinois Division - Milwaukee Road Hist Assn meeting 1:30-3:30 PM
Location:           Itasca Public Library (500 W Irving Park Rd in Itasca, IL)
(Approx 3 blocks west of Itasca Metra Passenger Station)
Location:           Itasca Public Library (500 W Irving Park Rd in Itasca, IL)
                         (Approx 3 blocks west of Itasca Metra Passenger Station)
Admission:       Free.
Program:           To be announced.
Information   railsunl@sbcglobal.net
June 1 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
   L ocation:                 Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
     Admission:             Free.
     Program:                To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org/
June 1 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
     Location:               Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
Admission:     Free.
Program:                "Amtrak in the 90's," by Tim Flaherty.
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
June 13 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:              Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner of Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:              "ONE Belt One Road AND ITS Rail SYSTEMS," by Harry Lepinske.
     China’s US$43 trillion initiative, called “One Belt One Road” is history’s largest economic and transportation
     project ever conceived. It is divided into seven different geographical regions throughout Russia, all parts of
     Asia and Northeast Africa. The six land  regions include plans to rehab old roads and  rail systems and build
     new roads and rail systems.

     The maritime program includes rehabbing   and expanding old ports and building new ports. In May 2017, the
     Chinese shipped cargo for the first time by its new rail system extending from Southeast China to Western
     Europe in 23 days. By November, trains made in 10-12 days. China’s early major concentration was billions
     being invested in Pakistan for new roads, new rail systems, and expanding old ports for an integrated
     transportation system.

     Central Asia also is its highly prioritized region because of plans for new rail systems throughout the region.
     Plans for new and expanded rail systems in the region is not new -- when the Soviet government failed and the
     former Soviet republics became independent, these nations began to search for new markets and new
     transportation routes Iran’s plan to build a railroad from Tehran to Shanghai began some twenty years ago.
     Now it has China’s support.

     Turkey began to expand its rail systems and also had planned to connect with new rail systems throughout
     Central  Asia and Iran. Now it also has the support of China. Americans should understand these
     developments and realize this expansion could be a serious matter of national security. 
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
June 15 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting  7:30-9:30 PM
Location: Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd -- Room 107A) (See NOTE)
Admission:      Free
Program:                To be announced.
NOTE: Steps into Room 107A interfere with wheelchair use. Enter at 500 W. Jackson Blvd., 
         between Clinton & Canal, just three steps. The main waiting room may be closed for a private
   party. Call 312 725-0432 during meeting for assistance.
Information      http://rscc.dhke.com/ or Phone (312) 725-0432
For program announcements by email, send a message to schs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
June 22 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:              "Streetcars of the Belle City (Racine, WI)" and "Illinois Centrals "Other" Chicago
                             Suburban Service," by William M. Shapotkin.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
June 16 (Saturday) Illinois Division --Milwaukee Road Hist Assn meeting  1:30-3:30 PM
Location:               Itasca Public Library (500 W Irving Park Rd in Itasca, IL)
                         (Approx 3 blocks west of Itasca Metra Passenger Station)
Admission:     Free.
Program:              To be announced.
Information     railsunl@sbcglobal.net
July 6 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
   Location:                 Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
     Admission:              Free.
     Program:                To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org/
July 6 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
July 11 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
July 20 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
July 28 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
Aug 3 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
   Location:                Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
     Admission:             Free.
     Program:               To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org/
Aug 3 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
Aug 8 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
Aug 17 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
Aug 25 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting

No scheduled meeting this month.
June 16 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:       Waterstone Bank (6560 S 27th St) in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:        Free
Program:               "The Streetrailways of Aurora and Elgin, IL," by William M. Shapotkin.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
July 21 (Saturday) Chicago Terminal Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical                                        Society  meeting (2:00-4:00 PM)
Location: Historical Pullman District Visitors Center (11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave).
Admission:      Free.
Program:            To be announced.
Information        ld_mlc43@comcast.net
   Location is accessible to public transportation using CTA bus #4 or 115 to/from 111th/Cottage Grove Ave or
   Metra Electric to/from 111/Pullman station (which is not ADA accessible) or to/from 115/Kensington 
   (which is ADA accessible).
July 21 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:      Waterstone Bank (6560 S 27th St) in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:        Free
Program:                 To be announced.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Aug 18 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:     Waterstone Bank (6560 S 27th St) in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:           Free
Program:                   To be announced.      
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Apr 22 (Sunday)       Live! With Leo Phillipp  1:00-2:30 PM
Location:          Gregg House Museum (55 E. Richmond St in Westmont,IL)
                     The event will take place in the Linden Room of the Senior Center immediately adjacent to the
                     Gregg Museum. The room has a 75 attendees capacity. The location is one block south of the
                      BNSF tracks and just east Of Cass Ave.
Admission:       A donation of $4 is requested for the Gregg House Museum.
Program:           "History of the Burlington Railroad in and near Westmont -- A look at early operations,
                           growth, industries served, and of course the "Dinkies". Because Westmont is the highest
                           point and toughest grade on the "east end" time will be spent discussing the effect of
                           "The Hill" on operations.  
Information      http://burlingtonroute.com/
Apr 27 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:       Free.
Program:         A Fifty-Year Transit Retrospective, by David Wilson.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org