Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:   May 12, 2021     10:20 A

ALL:   The 2021 Rail Festival at Carillon Park has been CANCELED !!     All RF committee meetings for 2021 have also been CANCELED.   See the Rail Festival website for details.  An unforeseen situation has delayed construction completion requiring the cancellation for 2021.  Next year’s Rail Festival will be June 25 & 26, 2022.  Please mark your calendars.    

CPR&SS Members:  Next two Work Days are Saturday, MAY 15 and Tuesday, May 18, 2021 starting about 10 AM.  Work to be done includes:  The grass needs to be cut in areas that have not been cut in a while – it’s getting pretty high in spots.   Continue replacing the ties on the track.  The ties on ALL of the rail sections moved to the shelter have been replaced but holes in the ends of the rails need to be drilled.  More details and pictures on the WorkDays page.  Please come out and help, if you can.  New pictures have been added to the construction page. 

CPR&SS Members: The JUNE train club meeting is Saturday, JUNE 05, 2021 starting promptly at 11 AM at the outdoor shelter at the track.   The MAY train club Newsletter has been added below – click the link to open.  

ALL:   Due to construction at Carillon Park, there will be  NO passenger train runs until at least SEPTEMBER and possibly longer.  We are still planning on running trains during the Christmas holidays – details to come later.  Check the Passenger Schedule page for additional info.

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Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

2021 May NewsLetter  <== NEW

2021 April NewsLetter

2021 March NewsLetter

2021 February NewsLetter

2021 January NewsLetter 

November 2020 NewsLetter

October 2020 NewsLetter

September 2020 NewsLetter 

August 2020 NewsLetter 

July 2020 Newsletter 

June 2020 NewsLetter

May 2020 NewsLetter;

Below is a YouTube link showing locomotive 7695 running around the CPR&SS track in August 2020 on one of the public train run days.  Will G is the engineer.  At the end, the train pulls into the loading station to pick up passengers.

Below is a YouTube link to Mr. Richard 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.

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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.