Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:       JUNE 23, 2017    08:45 AM

 1)   *** Members:  FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE (actually Thursday’s progress as of ~ 2 PM):     Work continued on the shelter, passenger cars, and station yesterday.  Installation of the roof sheathing was started and the shelter’s gravel floor was finished.  The tents in the station area were put up and building the passenger loading chutes was started.   The passenger cars received a safety inspection and lube as needed.  We may have enough cars to run three club trains so we’ll need extra engineers and conductors.  Thanks to the many members who helped get everything ready.


A real beehive of activity getting the shelter ready.


Later Thursday:  At least one row of sheathing was also installed on the back side.  This picture was taken a little before 1 PM so more progress was made after this.


While working at the Park, some aircraft from the Air Show did a flyover  (just for us !! ).  These were described as  T-6 Trainers.

2)   All:   The next public passenger train run is during  Rail Festival Saturday June 24,   from 9:30 AM to 5 PM and Sunday June 25, 2017  from 11 AM to 4 PM.   Train rides are FREE thanks to an anonymous donor.   Park admission is required separately.  Members: No driving in the Park during Rail Festival hours – park outside in Culp’s Cafe lot.

 3)   ***  Next CPR&SS Club meeting:  Thursday, July 06, 7:30 PM.  ***

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

June 2017 NewsLetter   <== NEW

May 2017 Newsletter

 April 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.  Click on the Rail Festival link above for more information.


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.