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Our General Meetings are typically held on the 2nd Saturday of the Month at 6:15pm at the National City Depot. (Please note the earlier start time!!!) Visitors welcome!

Join us at 4:30 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 6pm to see the Gift Shop, chat, and buy raffle tickets. The raffle starts at 6:15. 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.

  • Board of Directors Meeting - February 8, 2016
  • 7:15 PM to 9:30 PM
    All members and other interested persons are invited to attend.


  • General Meeting - February 13, 2016
  • 4:30 PM: Optional no-host dinner at The Barbeque Pit Restaurant - 920 E. Plaza Blvd, National City
    6:00: Depot Opens
    6:30: General business and announcements
    6:40: Program: SDERA member John DeLalla will present a program of video clips and photos taken on, and of, the New York City Subway 2015 Holiday Train. This is an 8 car train of R1 to R9 cars built between 1930 and 1939 for the City-operated Independent (IND) system. The train operates each Sunday in December from the lower east side of Manhattan to Queens Plaza.


  • General Meeting - March 12, 2016
  • 4:30 PM: Optional no-host dinner at The Barbeque Pit Restaurant - 920 E. Plaza Blvd, National City
    6:00: Depot Opens
    6:30: General business and announcements
    6:40: Program: Former SDERA President, and monthly docent, Jim Price has recently published a book titled "Discovering the Ghost Railroads of Central Nevada." The book provides a quick reference guide to those who would like to track some of the "ghost railroads" in Central Nevada - namely the Tonopah & Goldfield, Las Vegas & Tonopah, and Bullfrog Goldfield Railroads. This book features these railroads lines as well as the towns of Tonopah, Goldfield, Beatty, and Rhyolite, NV

    Jim and his wife Joan have a second home in the old mining town of Goldfield, NV. They have driven and hiked many miles of abandoned railroad grades in that area to gather data for this book. Jim will discuss the now defunct railroads that serviced these once booming mining towns, and he'll provide numerous photos of the types of ruins that exist today. Jim used a print-on-demand publisher for this book, so he'll also share some thoughts about this new approach to self-publishing.


  • Board of Directors Meeting - March 14, 2016
  • 7:15 PM to 9:30 PM
    All members and other interested persons are invited to attend.


  • Board of Directors Meeting - April 11, 2016
  • 7:15 PM to 9:30 PM
    All members and other interested persons are invited to attend.