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Our General Meetings are typically held on the 2nd Saturday of the Month at 7:30pm at the National City Depot. Visitors welcome!

Join us at 5:30 for an optional no-host dinner at The Barbecue Pit Restaurant - 920 E. Plaza Blvd, National City about 1 block east of Highland Ave. and Plaza Blvd.

Plan to arrive at 7pm to see the Gift Shop, chat, and buy raffle tickets. The raffle starts at 7:15. General Meetings are open and free to the public.

Board Meetings are normally the 2nd Monday of the month at the National City Depot - 7pm. Meetings are open to the public.

  • General Meeting - June 13, 2015
  • 7:00 PM: Depot Opens
    7:15 PM: Raffle Begins
    7:30 PM: Meeting Begins

    Program:
    SDERA member Tom Carnes will present a program providing a brief history of the Santa Fe RR including a discussion of the name origins of towns along the road and the vocabulary of railroaders during the heyday of the Santa Fe. This is all based on a book: Santa Fe: the Railroad that Built an Empire. by James Marshall c. 1943.


  • General Meting - July 11, 2015
  • 7:00 PM: Depot Opens
    7:15 PM: Raffle Begins
    7:30 PM: Meeting Begins

    Program:
    Harvey Laner, a native Chicagoan and long-time member of the CERA (Central Electric Railfan's Association) returns. Harvey attended CERA's 75th Anniversary celebration in 2013. The group visited the Illinois Railway Museum, the Fox River Trolley Museum and the PCC streetcar operations in Kenosha Wisconsin. The Program includes coverage of these events plus a comprehensive overview of Chicagoland transit including CTA "L", METRA diesel and electric districts and NICTD South Shore Line operations.