Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:   July 02, 2020     5:55 PM

CPR&SS Members:  Next Work Day – Tuesday, July 07 start about 10:00 AM or when you get there.  See the Work Days page for details. ****

All:    At this time, the JULY 11th train run is scheduled to happen.  A final decision will likely be made late on Monday, July 06.  There will be different procedures for waiting in line, loading passengers, seating on the train cars, and compliance with all COVID-19 requirements.  Check back here for the latest information on the train run schedules and activities.  The July train runs are scheduled for Saturdays, JULY 11 and 25, 2020 from 1 to 4 PM both days.

 *** CPR&SS Members:  The next train club meeting is scheduled for Saturday, JULY 11, 2020 at 10 AM at the track.  This is before the public train run that starts at 1 PM.  Wear a mask and keep social distance (6 feet) from others.  Carillon Park is OPEN NOW.  See Dayton History  for details.

NEW:  Concours d’Elegance  scheduled for Sept 20, has been  CANCELED. 

All:  *****  Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Rail Festival  was CANCELED.   Next years Rail Festival will be on June 26 & 27, 2021.   All Rail Festival committee meetings have also been canceled.  ****

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CPR&SS Members:   Below is the tarp tunnel on Feb 29.  Thanks to Ken and Larry for fixing this on Tuesday, March 03.  We still need a more permanent storage solution.

Tarp Tunnel on Saturday, Feb 29, 2020

For train rides, a donation of  $1 is requested for each ride.  All donations are used by the all-volunteer CPR&SS train club to buy fuel, maintain the locomotives, cars, track, grounds, train facilities, purchase needed equipment, etc.  With your donations we can continue train operations.  Admission to the park is required separately either by paid admission or is free to Dayton History members.  

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Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

June 2020 NewsLetter <== NEW

May 2020 NewsLetter;

April 2020 NewsLetter

March 2020 NewsLetter 

February 2020 NewsLetter

January 2020 NewsLetter

December 2019 NewsLetter

November 2019 Newsletter 

Octobber 2019 Newsletter 

September 2019 NewsLetter 

August 2019 NewsLetter 

July 2019 NewsLetter

June 2019 NewsLetter

May 2019 NewsLetter 

April 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.

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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.