Updated: October 22, 2020 11:15 PM
All: The next (and LAST) daytime public train run for 2020 is Saturday, Oct 24, from 1 to 4 PM.
CPR&SS Members: The next work day is Tuesday, October 27, starting about 10 AM. We are working additional work days to get the track ready for the holiday train runs which start Nov 24. See the Work Days page for details.
Due to COVID-19 train ride tokens are not being sold and train rides are free. Voluntary cash donations are appreciated and may be dropped in the black bucket at the train loading station during train run days.
All donations are used by the all-volunteer CPR&SS train club to buy fuel, maintain the locomotives, cars, track, grounds, train facilities, purchase needed equipment, etc. The CPR&SS club is a separate entity from Carillon Park and Dayton History. With your donations we can continue train operations. Admission to the park is required separately either by paid admission or is free to Dayton History members.
*** FYI: The Dayton Train Show has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID.
Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:
October 2020 NewsLetter <== NEW
Below is a YouTube link to Dick Fine running the live steam locomotive that he built. It gives viewers a look at the 1/8th scale miniature trains running at Carillon Park.
The Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, Ohio, 45409, builds, operates, and promotes a 7 1/2 inch gauge (1/8th full scale) railroad in the Carillon Historical Park and promotes 7 1/2 inch gauge activities at model train shows. Carillon Park is located in Dayton, Ohio, and is one of six locations making up the Dayton History experience. Dayton History is a privately supported, non-profit organization and is open to the public for a nominal entrance fee. The CPR & SS members finance and build railroad structures and trackage which become the property of the Carillon Park upon installation. As the primary source of income, the CPR & SS sells family train riding memberships to the public for a fee ($20 per family for the riding season dates listed on the Passenger Schedule page – Holiday Event is NOT included). Individual train rides may be purchased for $1 per person per ride. Train rides are purchased at the train loading station – please bring cash as we are not set up to accept credit or debit cards. The CPR & SS owns and operates locomotives, rolling stock, and maintenance equipment. CPR & SS members may operate their own equipment at the Park also.
What We Do
The primary activity of the Society is cultural and historical as the railroad represents a small version of the type that contributed to the growth of the region. All locomotive types, steam, electric, and diesel, are used to pull trains loaded with family members around the trackage. Facilities common to railroads such as trestles, bridges, tunnels, turntable, switches, loading platform, and maintenance building are demonstrated on operating days. The track has been in operation since 1985 and the Society has been re-licensed as a State of Ohio non-profit organization since 1996. Any responsible member of the general public who has an interest in the historical significance of railroading in the U.S. may join the Society.
The second activity of the Society is educational and instructional as the members describe the operation of the railroad to the general public as they are boarding the trains.
Another significant activity involves school children who visit the Park on field trips. Groups that register ahead receive a short lecture on the historical significance of railroading to the region and safety requirements, are shown the three types of locomotive power and equipment and facilities involved, are exposed to professional opportunities in the industry and given a train ride. Science, math, and engineering disciplines are emphasized.
The last activity of the Society is promotion of the hobby of scale model trains. Scale models are built or purchased by the members who bring them to the Park for operation for the general public. All three types of power are used and some rolling stock (locomotives and cars) are owned by the members.
Fund raising is primarily by membership dues and small donations during train shows. Large donations have been equipment except for a start-up fund donated by the Park in 1984 to build trackage and an equipment maintenance facility. All funds have been raised by members without personal compensation. The Society has no fund-raising committee. The Board of Directors is responsible for all financial results.