Welcome to CPR&SS

Updated:       Sept 18, 2019      9:25 PM

NEW:  See clock tower update below.

The NEXT public train run is  Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 1 to 4 PM.   Train rides are one dollar per ride per person.  Please bring cash as we are not yet set up for plastic or electronic banking.  Park admission or Dayton History membership is required separately.  Your train fares keep the trains running, thanks !

Members:   The next WORK DAY is Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018.  Workers show up about 10 AM.  Work to be done includes:  Grass cutting, loco and passenger car check and maintenance, track leveling, leaf and branch clearing, spot week spraying, etc.

 ** NEW **   The September Newsletter has been added below.

Members:  The  NEXT CPR&SS club meeting will be Thursday, October 04, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  See Meetings page for details.

Above is the clock tower showing the lower stair sections that were installed on Sept 18, 2018.  The entire tower is made of Weathering Steel also known as COR-TEN which rusts to a point then becomes stable and forms a protective coating preventing further rusting.  A few girders were spotted on the ground and were purposely left off so the stair sections on the higher levels could be lowered down through the center of the tower by a larger crane.  This is planned for Sept 19 & 20 after which the steel plates protecting the track from heavy equipment will be removed so the track will be clear for train operations.  



Recent CPR&SS Newsletters – click on the link:

September 2018 NewsLetter <== NEW

August 2018 NewsLetter

July 2018 NewsLetter

June 2018 NewsLetter 

May 2018 NewsLetter

April 2018 NewsLetter

March 2018 NewsLetter

February 2018 NewsLetter

January 2018 NewsLetter 

December 2017 NewsLetter 

November 2017 NewsLetter

October 2017 NewsLetter 

September 2017 NewsLetter

August 2017 NewsLetter

July 2017 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.


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.