Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:   April 16, 2021     3:45 PM 

CPR&SS Members:    Work Day on Saturday, April 17, 2021 starting about 10 AM.    Track sections have been cut, removed, and stacked  away from the construction areas.  New plastic track ties have been purchased and delivered to the track.   This Saturday, Apr 17, we plan to begin replacing the wood ties with the new plastic ones on the track sections that were removed.  Bring your cordless drill and driver bits – probably a 5/16″, drill bits also.  We need 2, 3, or maybe even 4 saw horses to work at a convenient height also.  If you have some that could be left at the track that would be great.   See the pictures on the new Construction page on this website.  Please come out and help. 

CPR&SS Members:   A notice from Carillon Park management:  

 “THE PATTERSON BLVD/SO. DIXIE GATE ENTERING THE GROUNDS OF CARILLON PARK IS NOW CLOSED AND LOCKED. PLEASE ENTER THE PROPERTY AT THE “NEW” TURN INTO THE PARK ALONG PATTERSON BLVD. OR COME IN THROUGH THE CARILLON BLVD. GATE. THANK YOU.”    CPR&SS further clarification:  The gate closest to Patterson Blvd, just before going up hill, is known as the “black” gate (cuz it’s painted black) and is the one that is now closed and locked.  The “green” gate (which is painted green) situation is unchanged. 

ALL:   Due to construction at Carillon Park, there will be no passenger train runs until at least July and possibly longer.  Check the Passenger Schedule page for additional info.

CPR&SS Members:   The MAY train club meeting is planned for Saturday, MAY 08, 2021 at 11 AM at the outdoor shelter at the track.   The April train club Newsletter has been added below – click the link to open.  

ALL:    The next Rail Festival committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, MAY 12 at 7 PM and is planned to be an in-person meeting.  Check your emails for updates or go to the RF website for contact info.

ALL:   The 2021 Rail Festival has been moved to AUGUST 21 & 22    at Carillon Park.  See the Rail Festival website for further updates and details.   


Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

2021 April NewsLetter  <== NEW

2021 March NewsLetter

2021 February NewsLetter

2021 January NewsLetter 

November 2020 NewsLetter

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

Below is a YouTube link showing locomotive 7695 running around the CPR&SS track in August 2020 on one of the public train run days.  Will G is the engineer.  At the end, the train pulls into the loading station to pick up passengers.

Below is a YouTube link to Mr. Richard 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.