Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Jacobson’

AOS Buys Another Locomotive

October 7, 2016

Jerry Jacobson owns another steam locomotive. His Age of Steam Roundhouse purchased Yreka Western 2-8-2 No. 19 during a sheriff’s sale on Thursday in California.

Age of SteamAOS won out over the Valley Railroad of Essex, Connecticut, the only other bidder for the locomotive.

Trains magazine reported that the winning bid of AOS was $400,000.

The sale of the locomotive happened after the Chelatchie Boiler Works of Woodland, Washington, placed a lien on it for $264,000.

Chelatchie acted after not being paid for boiler work that it performed in 2006. By a 2013 court order, No. 19 was confined to its engine house.

A sheriff’s sale had been set for October 2013, but was called off when the previous operators of the Yreka Western alleged that they had a superior line on the locomotive.

Under terms of the sale, AOS will have two weeks to move the locomotive from its current location.

AOS officials told Trains they plan to load loose parts onto a truck and contract with a trucking company to move the locomotive on a low-boy trailer.

The tender will be taken by truck to Sugar Creek while the engine will move to Sacramento, California, where it will be placed on a railroad flat car for transport to Ohio.

The AOS owns another former McCloud River Railroad steam locomotives, No. 9, which it purchased last year from Steve Butler.

No. 19 last operated in November 2008. It appeared in the 1973 move Emperor of the North with Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.

It also once ran on the Oregon, Pacific & Eastern Railroad.

AOS to Have Public Tours Sept. 10

August 16, 2016

Jerry Jacobson’s Age of Steam Roundhouse will offer public tours on Sept. 10 for a $20 fee.

Age of SteamThe tours will begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., at the facility located just outside Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Following the tours, AOS will host a reception to raise money for the Garaway Education Foundation, which awards scholarships to Garaway High School students to pursue higher education.

The reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will cost $50 per person and feature access to the locomotives and other areas of the roundhouse.

Although periodic tours of the AOS facility have been held in recent years, it is not common for the site to hold an open to all event.

To purchase tickets online for the roundhouse tour and/or the reception, click on the following link:

Thanks, Jerry, For All That You’ve Done

March 25, 2016



Dear Jerry Jacobson,

Whether it was excursions, steam locomotives or diesel-powered freights, you were there for us then, are there for us now, and, hopefully, you will continue being a railfan friend through all the changes that have been going on and are still going on.

Here are two of my favorite images of Ohio Central past.

In the top image OHCR 13 is towing an Alco switcher toward one of the plants north of Sugarcreek on July 4, 1996.

In a few moments OHCR 13 will uncouple from the switcher, couple onto freight cars, and back them up to the switcher.

For one brief moment in time, OHCR 13 was perhaps the only steam locomotive used in freight service in North America on that day.

Here she is passing a billboard advertising your excursions from Sugarcreek. What good memories this image brings back.

In the bottom image, when you owned the OHCR, it often interchanged with CSX at Warwick. Here is a morning freight with OHCR 7574 and 5407 preparing to leave Warwick and head south on June 25, 1996.

Thank you again. May your present and future endeavors also bring you the thanks that we so owe you for all you have done.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

AOS Roundhouse Has Run Out of Space

December 31, 2015

Jerry Jacobson’s roundhouse is full. The Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugar Creek recently announced on its website sit that with the arrival of a 2-10-0 purchased earlier this year that all stalls in the roundhouse are taken.

The 18th locomotive to be housed in the roundhouse arrived on Dec. 29. It is Alabama, Tennessee & Northern as No.401, which was later owned by the Woodward Iron Company where it has roster number 41.

Jerry purchased it at an auction conducted by the Mid-Continent Railroad Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin. No. 401 was built in 1928 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

More information about No. 41 and photographs of it being unloaded are available at:

Steamer En Route to AOS Spotted on NS

December 19, 2015

Online reports on Friday indicated that a steam locomotive en route to the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek is on the road.

The Woodward Iron Co. Baldwin 2-10-0 No. 41 was spotted on a flat car in a manifest freight on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern in northern Indiana.

AOS owner Jerry Jacobson purchased the decapods earlier this year from the Mid-Continent Railroad Museum in Freedom, Wisconsin.

AOS Adding a 2-10-0 to its Collection

December 3, 2015

A new locomotive is expected to arrive at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugar Creek later this month.

Woodward Iron Company Baldwin 2-10-0 No. 41 was to be loaded onto a heavy-duty flatcar this past Tuesday and transported from Wisconsin.

“We hope to see it at the roundhouse before Christmas,” Tim Sposato of the AOS told Trains magazine.

Sposato said the locomotive’s tender was trucked to the AOS Roundhouse about a month ago. The tender body was on one trailer, while the frame and trucks were on a second rig.

Roundhouse owner Jerry Jacobson purchased No. 41 in May 2015 from the Mid-Continent Railroad Museum in North Freedom.

No. 41 was built in 1928 for the Alabama Tennessee & Northern, acquired by Woodward in 1948 and retired in 1959.

It was donated to Mid-Continent in 1965 but never operated there.

Instead, Mid-Continent auctioned No. 41, another steam locomotive and several pieces of rolling stock as part of a fund-raising campaign to help fund the restoration of Chicago & Northwestern 4-6-0 No. 1385.

Army 2-8-0 Joins Age of Steam Fleet

August 12, 2015

Jerry Joe Jacobson has another locomotive in his roundhouse. Jacobson’s Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek has acquired former U.S. Army No. 612. The 2-8-0 is Jacobson’s 14th locomotive.

More than 2,000 2-8-0s were built during World War II for service overseas and eight have been preserved in the United States.

No. 612 spent its career stateside, working at the U.S. Army Transportation School at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

It was donated in the 1970s to the State of West Virginia and sent to the then state-owned Cass Scenic Railroad.

However, Cass never fired the locomotive and it was sold in n 2010 to Robert Franzen, president of Steam Services of America

Franzen sent the 612 to the Southeastern Railroad Museum in Georgia. It was shipped by truck earlier this summer to the Age of Steam roundhouse, which plans to stabilize it to prevent any additional decay.

New Steam Loco in Jerry’s Roundhouse

December 1, 2011

Jerry Jacobson has added another steam locomotive to his Age of Steam Roundhouse. The latest addition is Morehead & North Fork No. 12, an ex-Southern Railway 0-6-0 that had been stored indoors since the railroad dieselized in 1963.

The 1905 Alco has been owned by the M&NF since 1952. In its last years, the 4-mile long M&NF primarily carried coal, clay products and lumber to an interchange with the Chesapeake & Ohio at Morehead, Ky. The line was abandoned in 1985. No. 12 joins the line’s other two steam engines, Nos. 11 (2-6-2) and No. 14 (0-6-0), in preservation.

“It’s a nice rebuildable size with a simple design. It’s been kept in nice shape inside the engine house,” Jacobson told The Morehead News. The locomotive’s tender was moved by truck on Nov. 16, and the engine will follow as soon as routing and truck permits are approved.

Jacobson currently owns 12 other steam locomotives.

Recalling the Day JISCO No. 3 Steamed Up Again

February 27, 2011

The first steam-up of newly restored JISCO 0-6-0 No. 3 (Baldwin Locomotive Works No. 26) on March 1, 1981, at the defunct Jackson Iron & Steel Co. plant in Jackson, Ohio. Shown are (from left to right) unknown (might be Larry Evans, who was one of Dave Corbitt's friends and partners in restoring lounge car Eagle Canon), Dave Corbitt, Bill Goslin (start of those on running board), Jerry Jacobson, unknown, unknown, unknown, Paul Woodring (sitting on air compressor), Jim Bacon, unknown, unknown, and Gary Bensman. (Photograph courtesy of Paul Woodring)

In the late 1970s, Jerry Jacobson bought and sold a couple of small steam locomotives, but had never tried to restore one to operating condition.  He came across a standard Baldwin 0-6-0 tender engine that had been the plant switcher for the Jackson Iron and Steel Co. (JISCO), in Jackson, Ohio, around 1978, where it had been stored indoors since the mid-1960s.

Because the engine had been stored indoors, it was in good shape and did not need an extraordinary effort to make it operable.  It was like finding the proverbial Model-T in a barn. 

The plant had failed under the original ownership, was revived under a new group of investors, who added new equipment and tried to make a go of it, but they also failed.  By 1978 the plant was idle and the owners were willing to sell No. 3 to Jerry.

Jerry was allowed to restore the engine to operating condition at the plant, using the building it was stored in to do the work.  He brought in professional steam mechanic Gary Bensman to lead the mix of paid and volunteer help that worked off and on for more than two years to get it to the point you see in the photo. 

Gary was also chief mechanical officer for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society at the time, working outdoors on the first restoration of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 and working on No. 3 as time permitted.  The 765 restoration was largely completed in the Fall of 1979 and Gary was able to devote a lot more time to going to Jackson for this project.

The bulk of the work was done during 1980. I spent several days down there that year, after graduating from the University of Akron, mostly doing whatever unskilled dirty-work needed to be done. This included needle-scaling the firebox and scraping rust off the inside of the tender. We were all a lot thinner then. 

During this time Dave Corbett from Parkersburg, West Virginia, a long-time friend of Jerry and by this time an engineer for the Chessie System, bought his first passenger car, ex-Denver & Rio Grande Western Pullman-built lounge car Eagle Canon. This car had been built originally for Chesapeake & Ohio subsidiary Pere Marquette. The Spanish accent mark over the middle “n” was not included, which makes the pronunciation of the word KAN-yun.

He moved the car to Jackson to work on it there as well.  By the time Jerry got No. 3 operable, it had been joined by Chicago Burlington & Quincy Mike No. 4960, which was being restored to operate at a short-lived tourist line in southwest Virginia, before going west and ending up at the Grand Canyon Railway. 

This made Jackson, Ohio, an unlikely Mecca for railroad restoration projects.  One of the other mainstays of Jerry’s volunteer crew was Bill Goslin, who Jerry had met working at Steamtown in Vermont, when Jerry visited there in the early 1970s.  Bill later went to work for Jerry on the Ohio Central and today still works for the Genesee & Wyoming.  I brought Jim Bacon down to Jackson a couple of times to help in the latter months of the work. Jim was a former Akron Railroad Club member, a12-inch gauge live steamer enthusiasts, and later a primary volunteer for the Friends of the East Broad Top. At the time, Jim lived in Cortland.

The photo that accompanies this article was taken on March 1, 1981, the day that No. 3 was fired up and operated for the first time since the mid-1960s. I’ve identified as many of the people in it who I can remember, which leaves several unacknowledged.  So, if anyone recognizes himself or anyone else there, please pass that information along.

We ran No. 3 around the plant tracks for several hours that day. Further work was done on the engine from what was found out from that day and Jerry operated it a few more times on the plant grounds between then and in late 1982.  At that point, the plant was being demolished, the connection to the outside world via the Detroit, Toledo &Ironton was going to be lost and Jerry arranged to move the engine to Bellevue, to store it at the Mad River and NKP Museum. That move was made in the Spring of 1983, and Jerry operated the engine there on a short piece of track along the Norfolk Southern Toledo line a few times in 1983 and1984. 

When Jerry was researching the history of the locomotive, he discovered that it was originally built as a stock engine by Baldwin and served as the plant switcher at Eddystone for a number of years before being sold to JISCO.  Because of the engine’s history, Jerry was able to trade the operable No. 3 to the now National Park Service-owned Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1980s for inoperable ex-Canadian National  10 wheeler No. 1551, which became the first excursion engine used on the Ohio Central.

No. 3 then became the shunting/short ride engine for Steamtown as BLW No. 26, where it is currently undergoing its first major overhaul since it was at JISCO.

Article by Paul Woodring

Bird’s Eye View of Jacobson’s Roundhouse

July 20, 2010

If you were a bird or owned a small plane and could fly over Sugar Creek, Ohio, this is what you would see at Jerry Jacobson's roundhouse that is currently under construction. Soon, steam locomotives and other vintage railroad equipment will sit on the turntable. (Photograph courtesy of John B. Corns)