Home of the Wright brothers and long known as the Birthplace of Aviation, the Dayton, OH region is now recognized as the National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) in honor of the region’s leadership in our nation’s aviation history. Highlighted at their excellent and informative website at www.aviationheritagearea.org, there is a lot of great information about our abundant local aviation heritage – in fact, upon visiting NAHA, you can grasp the significance of the region and come away with a new appreciation of one of America’s greatest stories. Today, it continues that heritage as one of the most significant regions in the world for aviation advancement.
If you’re interested in watching the trains passing through Tipp, we can recommend a nice empty lot on Sixth Street behind the S&G Painting Building. There used to be an old building here but it was torn down recently and now there is an unobstructed view for at least a hundred feet in each direction up and down the tracks. Some of these locations are private property, so please ask permission before visiting.
Enjoy this small town festival featuring railroad museum tours, spike driving demo, railroad crafts, as well as chicken BBQ, train vendors, games, coal shoveling contest.
Here is some information from the Wright State University Library on the old Dayton Electric Railway: “According to the collection, the city was serviced by four streetcar lines in 1918. They were The City Railway Company, The Dayton Street Railway Company, The Oakwood Railway Company, and The Peoples Railway Company. By 1930, this system had proliferated into six separate railway companies operating eleven streetcar lines, but no major bus line. Little cooperation existed between the different companies. For a city that was the size of Dayton, such a condition was unparalleled in the nation…”