Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:    Dec 08, 2016    12:10 PM

***** MEMBERS:   At 12:30 PM Saturday we will meet at the track by the steaming bay and discuss whether we will have a club meeting on Thursday, January 5th.  In past years we have NOT had a meeting in January but there may be enough to discuss regarding how the Holiday Event train running went and gather feedback from the members. We run 1 to 4 PM and 6 to 9 PM Saturday !

  Also, see the new Holiday Run Info page for helpful information related to the Holiday Event train runs. *****

1)  Next Public Train Run:  Will be on Saturday Dec 10, 2016 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. 

Trains will also be running during Carillon Park’s Holiday Event from Nov 30 to Dec 30 from 6 to 9 PM every night (except 24 & 25 Dec), weather permitting.  Rides are $1 per person per ride – free for children under 3.

2)  Members:   *****  PARKING:  VEHICLES will NOT be permitted to drive inside the Park from 5 PM until 10 PM during the Holiday Event from Nov 30 to Dec 30.    Park outside the green gated/fenced area or wait til 10 PM to leave.

Please see the emails sent out to club membership on Nov 5th and 27th with a link to sign up for positions and dates of support.

Below: Three pictures of the Work Day progress on Tuesday, Nov 29th.


Thanks to Don H  we now have working lights in the  Maintenance of Way (MOW) building.  Just in time for our nightly runs.


Thanks to Larry, Jim H, and Howard we now have a place to store our rail cars with easy access.


A 1/20th version of the Carillon Tower was also installed at the far West end of the track. It’s 9 feet tall to the top of the lights.

3)  Copies of recent CPR&SS Newsletters (without the Minutes) can be viewed here:        November 2016 NewsLetter

December 2016 NewsLetter <== NEW

4)  CPR&SS Members:       I regret to inform you, long-term member Dick Fine passed away on Saturday, Oct 29, 2016.    –  Joe Mock, CPR&SS Club President

Update:   Dick’s obituary can be found at:    Dick Fine’s obituary.   Services are listed as “Private” and are probably over by now.

YouTube video link:   Dick Fine at Carillon Park Oct 15, 2016

Dick Fine on his steam engine at Carillon Park on Oct 15, 2016.

Dick Fine on his steam engine at Carillon Park on Oct 15, 2016.


5)  2017 Rail Festival:   The next Rail Festival committee meeting has been scheduled for     Jan 11th, 2017    at 7 PM at Carillon Park either in the main building (aka Kettering Bldg) or in the Brewery – details to follow in Jan.   Also, some members meet at 5:30 to enjoy a Brewery dinner before the Rail Festival meeting – join us if you want.


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.