Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:    Oct 25, 2016    9:25 PM

 1)   Next Public Train Run:  Will be on Saturday Oct 29th from 1 to 4 PM.    Train rides are $1 per person for the day.  Note that access to Carillon Park is still required, either by paid admission or is free for  Dayton History  members.

*****  Traffic Note:  As of Oct 25th:  Work HAS BEGUN along Patterson Blvd by the South-East entrance to Carillon Park.  The left-turn lane IS BLOCKED.   Drivers should go to the stop light (close to the Carillon Tower), turn West onto Carillon Blvd,  go West about 1/4 mile, then turn left into the Park.  *****

2)   Members:  The next CPR&SS club meeting will be on  Nov 03, 2016 at 7:30 PM.   Copies of recent CPR&SS Newsletters (without the Minutes) can be viewed here:
September 2016 News Letter

October  2016 News Letter

3) The   Dayton Train Show   is Nov 5th and 6th BUT is at a new location.  It will be at the Upper Valley Mall, located at 1475 Upper Valley Pike, Springfield, OH.  Check the link for details.  CPR&SS plans to have a 7.5″ gauge train ride operating for the public.

4)  2017 Rail Festival:  The next Rail Festival Committee meeting will be held on Nov 9th, 2016 at 7 PM at the usual location in the main Carillon Historical Park building in the Iams Room. 


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 ($10 per family for the riding season).  The CPR & SS has also instituted a one day riding pass for $1 donation per person.  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.