Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:   June 17, 2019     11:45 PM

MEMBERS:  Please sign up for train operation support positions during Rail Festival.  See the email sent to all members.  Positions are Station loaders, Engineers, Conductors, and Yard Master.  Only the engineer position requires previous experience running the locos.  All others are can be trained on site.  Sign up for one hour shifts for Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2019. 

PUBLIC:    The next passenger train runs will be during  Rail Festival on Saturday AND Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2019, weather permitting.   Rides are FREE thanks to anonymous donors.  See the Rail Festival website for train run times.

MEMBERS: Next regular work day is  ==> WEDNESDAY <==  June 19, 2019.  Workers show up about 10 AM.  Work items: Continue erecting the storage framework, extending the new tracks west to the end of the new storage area, getting ready for Rail Festival, grass cutting, cutting back vegetation, clearing the track of sticks, track maintenance, etc.    See picture below.

*** NEW***  Mill Creek is celebrating their 20th year of the Large Engine Meets from August 8 – 11, 2019 at their track.  Over a dozen 1.5″ scale vendors will be there.  See  Mill Creek Central’s 20 Year Celebration 2019 Large Engine Meet  for details.

Members:  **** The JULY CPR&SS club meeting has been CANCELLED  since it would fall on July 4th.  !! **** 


From left: Storage tracks #2 & #4 extended, frame being built.

**********************************************************

Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

June 2019 NewsLetter_   <== New as of June 01

May 2019 NewsLetter 

April 2019 NewsLetter 

March 2019 NewsLetter

February 2019 NewsLetter

January 2019 NewsLetter

December 2018 NewsLetter 

November 2018 Newsletter 

October 2018 NewsLetter

September 2018 NewsLetter

August 2018 NewsLetter

July 2018 NewsLetter

June 2018 NewsLetter 

May 2018 NewsLetter

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.