Updated: Feb 09, 2017 12:10 PM
1) All: The FIRST passenger train run this year is: April 01, 2017 from 1 to 4 PM. See the Passenger Schedule page for 2017’s train run dates, fares, and details.
2) Members: The next CPR&SS club meeting will be on Thursday, MARCH 02, 2017 at the usual location. See the Meetings page for details.
3) All: 2017 Rail Festival: The next Rail Festival committee meeting will be Wednesday MARCH 8th, 2017 at 7 PM at Carillon Park in the main building. Also, some members meet at 5:30 to enjoy a Brewery dinner before the Rail Festival meeting – join us if you want.
4) All: Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:
February 2017 NewsLetter <== NEW
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). 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.