Welcome to CPR&SS

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Updated:   July 25, 2015   11:55 PM

The NEXT public train run is scheduled for SATURDAY, Aug 8th, 2015 from 1 to 4 PM.  See the Passenger Schedule page for the full schedule of train run days for 2015.

     The August CPR & SS club meeting is the first Thursday in August, the 6th, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  Meetings are open to members and interested visitors.  Social begins at 7 PM.  See Meetings page for location.

     *****  The 2015  Rail Festival was a great success!   Planning has already started for next year’s event.  Pictures from this year’s event have been posted on the Rail Festival website.

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     The Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society 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.