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Updated:   November 23, 2020     3:20 PM 

All:   The Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society (CPR&SS) has decided to NOT participate in the Carillon Christmas this year due to potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  Below is CPR&SS’s  message:

Due to the potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the CPR&SS has decided to NOT participate in this years activities of “A Carillon Christmas.”  We know that we all enjoy interacting with the public during those events.  This year the risk is just too great to expose our members to the potential virus.
The decision to not participate was a very difficult decision.  We did not take it lightly, but the safety of all of the club’s members was of utmost concern.
We hope to see all of you in the new and healthy new year.

All:  There are no more train rides until April 2021.  For additional information, check the Dayton History  website or call the front desk at (937) 293-2841. 

 CPR&SS Members:  There are no more CPR&SS work days or other train related activities scheduled for 2020.

  The CPR&SS train club is a separate entity from Carillon Park and the Dayton History organization.  We hope to see you all next year when train rides resume in April 2021. 


Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

November 2020 NewsLetter     <== NEW

October 2020 NewsLetter

September 2020 NewsLetter 

August 2020 NewsLetter 

July 2020 Newsletter 

June 2020 NewsLetter

May 2020 NewsLetter;

April 2020 NewsLetter

March 2020 NewsLetter 

February 2020 NewsLetter

January 2020 NewsLetter

December 2019 NewsLetter

November 2019 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.