This page was last updated: January 14, 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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Jan 19 (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:               "Santa Fe -- Chicago to Joliet," by James A. Brown.

                        James A. Brown will give a fascinating talk on the Chicago to Joliet stretch of the Santa Fe.
                        He'll discuss locals, switching, and industries and how it has changed over time.

                        Mr. Brown is the author of The Illinois Division of the Santa Fe Railway.
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
Jan 26 (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:               Relive CERA History -- CERA Fan trips from 1938 - 1962..
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Feb 2 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
       Location:            Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
      Admission:           Free.
      Program:              "Chicago & West Towns, then and Now" -- Part 1, by William M Shapotkin.

                      Tonight we will take at look at period streetcar and motor bus operations on the C&WT Chicago
                      Ave and Lake St lines as well as contemporary operations of PACE bus service over the same
                      routes and a look at the St Charles (bus) line, which replaces (in part) service once provided by
                      the CA&E.
Information      http://osabus.org/
Feb 2 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
      Location:         Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
      Program:         "CP McCook/Argo," by Tim Flaherty.
Admission:    Free.
Information      http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Feb 16 (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
Feb 23 (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
Feb 2  (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
      Location:        North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard) in Fox Point, WI.
     Admission:         Free
     Program:       To be annnounced.
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Mar 2 (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/
Mar 2 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
       Location:         Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
       Program:         To be announced.
Admission:     Free.
Program:             Contemporary Railroad Photography, by Robbie Gragg.
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Mar 2  (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
      Location: North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard) in Fox Point, WI.
       Admission: Free
       Program: To be annnounced.
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Mar 16 (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:          A look at Amtrak - during its formative years, by Dave Phillips.
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
Mar 23 (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 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/
Apr 6 (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:        Contemporary Views Along the Transcontinental Railroad, by Richard Koenig.
                     Professor Richard Koenig takes us on a contemporary journey of the remnants of the
                     Transcontinental railroad.
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Apr 6  (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
Location: North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard) in Fox Point, WI.
      Admission: Free
      Program: " Reading in the 1970s and more, by Rob McGonigal.
            Rob McGonigal, editor of Kalmbach’s Classic Trains magazine, has lived in Milwaukee since the early
            1980s, but he grew up in suburban Philadelphia. His local station was Elkins Park, on the Reading
            Company’s main line 10 miles north of the city, used primarily by electric M.U. commuter trains. Rob
            often rode his bike to the station after school in the early 1970s, sometimes taking photos with his
            mom’s Instamatic camera.

            Elkins Park station is still a busy stop for SEPTA trains, and its waiting room is now a public meeting
            space. About a year ago, the Philadelphia Chapter NRHS, one of the society’s oldest chapters,
            began holding its monthly meetings in the station. On a recent visit to see his parents, Rob showed
            some his 1970s photos of Elkins Park and its environs at a chapter meeting, augmented with several
            1940s-50s photos of trains in the area from the Kalmbach files. It’s a unique collection of images from
             territory that’s generally overshadowed by other, higher-profile lines.

             In addition to the vintage Reading photos, Rob will show pictures from his 2014 visit to Metra’s Tower
             A-2 (in Chicago) during an afternoon rush hour. 
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
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:              To be announced.
        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 Boulevard) 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
Jan 20 (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:                An encore presentation on the Pennsy's Chicago Terminal, by Jack Tomesak.
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).
Jan 20 (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:                "All Aboard the North Shore," by Dave Shtaida.

                        Dave will show the famous Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railway with slides he has
                        collected over the many years; many have never been seen before. Abandonment of the
                        line occurred on January 23, 1963. Come and join us as we observe the 55th anniversary
                        of the abandonment of "The Road of Service."
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Feb 14 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:              Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner, Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:       Dave Daruszka. In the heyday of rail passenger transportation Chicago was home to 6 major
                     railroad terminals. This program covers the history, architecture and engineering behind these
                     great structures, and the railroads that built and used them. Presenter Dave Daruszka is 
                     a retired locomotive engineer and rail history aficionado who studies and blogs about
                     Chicago's railroad past and present."
      Information:    http://www.20thcentury.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:            To be annouced.
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: Historical Pullman District Visitors Center (11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave).
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 annouced.
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
Mar 17 (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:           "It's all about the Streetcar," By HNTB Corporation.

                        Who best to learn as much about Milwaukee’s modern streetcar than from the firm that
                        designed the initial 2.5 mile line. We’ll have up-to-date power point presentation and what
                        the future may bring.
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
Feb 17 (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:         "Here comes our Bus," By MCTS

                        The Milwaukee County Transit System presents a power-point program and more
                        covering bus transportation past, present and future. Additional materials will be presented
                        for the benefit of our knowledgeable membership.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Mar 14 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:              Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner, Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:       "West from Geneva." a look at past and present C&NW/Metra service beyond Geneva,
                      covering suburban service to Aurora, St Charles and Elburn/DeKalb and Sycamore, by
                      William M. Shapotkin.​
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
Jan 27 (Saturday)       Milwaukee Road Historical Association (Ill Division) meeting  (1:30 PM)
Location:          Itasca  Public Library (500 W Irving Park Rd, Itasca, IL)
Admission:           For information, Email:  railsunl@sbcglobal.net
Program:              For information, Email: railsunl@sbcglobal.net
Information       railsunl@sbcglobal.net
Apr 7  (Saturday) Burlington Route Historical Society Spring Meet (7:00-9:00 PM
Location:        Riverview Banquets (1117 N. Washington Ave (Ill St Rt 25) in Batavia, IL)
Admission: See www.burlingtonroute.org/BRHS/annual_meetings/index.php
Program:        Swap Meet, Afternoon Clinic, Supper and Evening Presentation.
Information      www.burlingtonroute.org/BRHS/annual_meetings/index.php