Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Jacobson’

Age of Steam Offering Public Tours

April 17, 2017

The Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek is again offering public tours on Saturdays.

The tours require a group of 40 or more people and there is an admission charge of $20 per person.

The guided tours are being conducted between May 6 and Oct. 28. Participants must wear proper shoes that cover their entire feet and sign a liability release.

Children under age 10 are not allowed and it is recommended that participants wear old clothes.

The AOS said in a notice posted on its website that the roundhouse was never intended to be open to the public.

“But the public was curious, and their requests to come inside and look around were so great that [owner] Jerry [Jacobson] wanted to share his wonderful old trains with others who also love old trains,” the notice said.

The roundhouse has 18 stalls that house its collection of 19 steam locomotives ranging in size from 0-4-0 saddle tank engines to larger 2-8-4 and 4-8-4 locomotives.

The collection also includes old freight cars, passenger cars and diesels.

2-8-2 Headed for Age of Steam Roundhouse

April 13, 2017

Another steam locomotive is en route to the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

Yreka Western 2-8-2 No. 19 was loaded onto a flatcar this week and left Yreka, California.

AOS owner Jerry Joe Jacobson bought No. 19 for $400,000 last October at a sheriff’s auction after a boiler company placed a lien on it for nonpayment of work done in 2006.

The steamer was built in 1915 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1915 and has worked for an an Arkansas logging railroad and California’s McCloud River Railroad. It appeared in the 1973 movie Emperor of the North.

No. 19 is the second ex-McCloud locomotive to be owned by AOS, including 2-6-2 No. 9.

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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roundhouse-daytime-tours-tickets-22410658884

Thanks, Jerry, For All That You’ve Done

March 25, 2016

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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:

http://ageofsteamroundhouse.com/2-10-0%20No%2041.html

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.