Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:       April 23, 2017    9:55 PM

Members:  There will be a work day on TUESDAY,  April 25, 2017,  assuming the weather permits.   An alternate storage location was found for the track panels so we will not need help moving them.  There will still be all of the other work as usual at the track on Tuesday.

1)   All:   The next passenger train run is:   Saturday,   MAY 13, 2017  from 1 to 4 PM.   Train rides are $1/person per ride  (children under 3 are free).  A family season pass is $20 and is good for unlimited rides on the dates listed on the Passenger Schedule page.  Note: It does NOT include the Christmas Holiday Event, if there is one this year.  Please bring CASH as we are not set up to take credit or debit cards yet (in work).  See the Passenger Schedule page for 2017’s train run dates, fares, and details.    Park admission is required separately and does not include Train Fares.

2)     Members:    The next CPR&SS club meeting will be on Thursday,  May 04, 2017 at the usual location.    See the Meetings page for details.  ** Don’t forget to renew your membership – it expired March 31st.  FYI –  Culp’s Cafe  has opened for the season and can now make burgers and fries.  See the new menu here:   Culp’s Cafe Menu.

3)   All:    2017 Rail Festival:   The next Rail Festival committee meeting will be   Wednesday  MAY 10th, 2017    at 7 PM at Carillon Park in the main building.    Also, some members meet at 5:30 to enjoy a Brewery dinner before the Rail Festival meeting – join us if you want.

 4)  All:     Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

 April 2017 NewsLetter <== NEW

March 2017 NewsLetter

February 2017 NewsLetter


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 modest 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.