CLAYTON — Dave Oroszi of Clayton, has had a passion for trains ever since he was young, starting with the desire to know where the tracks lead.
“My wife calls it a genetic defect.” said Oroszi, a lifelong Dayton native who is now the chairman of the Rail Festival.
Before becoming involved with the Rail Festival, Oroszi graduated from Fairview High School and Wright State University. He worked as a computer programmer for Buckeye State Mutual. He also played in two bands—the OA Aces and the Brigorian Knoll—and met his wife during this time. The bands disbanded and Oroszi began to focus on railroad photography. He began taking photographs in 1967.
Over the years, Oroszi has accumulated over a million pictures of trains and railroad tracks across the country. He has also become familiar with many of the local railroad fans.
“I’ve acquired about 13 collections of photographs from people around the area.” said Oroszi.
He has 9 published books on railroads and worked as a vendor for the Rail Festival, selling new and used train books and memorabilia prior to becoming chairman.
The 2017 Rail Festival is in its 12th year of operation. It will take place June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include train rides, model railroad layouts, historical exhibits and various vendors. The event takes place in Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd. and has an admission price of $8 for adults, $5 for children aged 3-17, and $7 for seniors age 60 and older. However, it is free to Dayton History members.
The event is sponsored by Dayton History and the Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society. For more information regarding the Rail Festival, visit railfestival.com. For more information on Carillon Park and its events, visit daytonhistory.org.
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