Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:       April 19, 2018    9:45 PM 

 1)   The NEXT public train run will be  Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1 to 4 PM.  Train rides are $1 per person per ride.   Park admission or Dayton History membership is required separately. 

Members:  Since the weather was bad on this past Tuesday’s work day, there may be additional work needed to clear the track and get things ready for the train run – please show up a little earlier than normal.

2)  Members:   The  NEXT CPR&SS club meeting will be Thursday, May 03, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  See Meetings page for details.

Below are two pictures of the female eagle at Carillon Park.  The pictures were taken on the first train run day (April 7, 2018) between the track and the Shaker House.  Both the male and female eagles take turns incubating the eggs which are expected to hatch around April 26th.  The female’s tail feathers are all white – the male has brown tips.   Their nest is inside Carillon Park directly above the building housing the Wright Flyer.  It is easily viewed.  Click on each picture for a larger view.

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 3)    The first School Special run will be Friday, April 27th, 2018 starting at 10 AM and run until about 1:30 PM.  

4)  The next Rail Festival meeting will be Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  See Rail Festival  for details. 

The April 2018 Newsletter has been added below.  


Of interest to train enthusiasts:  Train Mountain Info and Video.  Scroll down in the link to see the video.



Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

April 2018 NewsLetter  <== NEW

March 2018 NewsLetter

February 2018 NewsLetter

January 2018 NewsLetter 

December 2017 NewsLetter 

November 2017 NewsLetter

October 2017 NewsLetter 

September 2017 NewsLetter

August 2017 NewsLetter

July 2017 NewsLetter

June 2017 NewsLetter

May 2017 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.