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Updated:       Dec 11, 2018      10:55 PM

Train Club Members:  See the email sent and sign up for Holiday train runs.  We need your support to make this another success this year!

PUBLIC:    The Carillon Christmas Midnight Express train runs from 6 to 9 PM every night through Dec 30, except Dec 24 & 25 when the Park is closed.  Train rides are one dollar per ride per person.  Park admission or Dayton History membership is required separately.  Your train fares keep the trains running, thanks !  

There are new operating hours for the Carillon Christmas this year.  Carillon Park will close at 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and at 10 PM on Friday and SaturdayTrains run 6 to 9 PM every night, weather permitting.

****  MEMBERS:  The next work day will be Tuesday, Dec 18.   Work to be done:  maintain the track, locomotives, and rolling stock for the holiday train runs, clearing the tracks of leaves and sticks, other work as needed.  Workers start about NOON. ****

   The December Newsletter has been added below.

Members: The next CPR&SS club meeting is Thursday, JANUARY 03, 2019. 

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Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

December 2018 NewsLetter <== NEW

November 2018 Newsletter 

October 2018 NewsLetter

September 2018 NewsLetter

August 2018 NewsLetter

July 2018 NewsLetter

June 2018 NewsLetter 

May 2018 NewsLetter

April 2018 NewsLetter

March 2018 NewsLetter

February 2018 NewsLetter

January 2018 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.