Posts Tagged ‘Sugarcreek Ohio’

Ohio Central Two for Tuesday

June 28, 2022

Here are two photos of Youngstown & Austintown GP7 No. 1501, formerly a Pittsburgh & Lake Erie unit, on the Ohio Central in July 1998. The top image shows the 1501 sitting in Sugarcreek,. The bottom image was made of it pulling a southbound train approaching Baltic.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: On its Way to the CVSR

January 22, 2022

Ohio Central 4-6-2 No. 1293 is shown on Sept. 6, 2012, on the OC heading north for Steam in the Valley on the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad. In the top image, the train is leaving Sugarcreek. The photographer did not remember where he made the bottom image. Built by Canadian Locomotive Works in 1948, the former Canadian Pacific locomotive is younger than the photographer.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

AOS Offering Hands on Tour on April 30

March 17, 2021

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek will offer an expanded tour on April 30 that will enable participants to help with the preparation and firing of a steam locomotive.

The Blue Flag tour will be led by Chief Mechanical Officer Tim Sposato and feature a tour of the roundhouse and collection as well as firing Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12.

Tickets are $175 and can be ordered at https://www.showclix.com/event/blue-flag-pass-tour45d8yqzdzzzp4bFE43uLx/listing

The tour will be limited to 25 participants. The ticket price includes a box lunch at the Roundhouse Depot and a special gift. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Numerous COVID-19 pandemic procedures will be observed and are detailed at the museum’s website.

AOS Selling Tickets for 2021 Tour Season

March 4, 2021

Tickets are now being sold for public tours of the Age of Steam Roundhouse and Museum in Sugarcreek.

Tours are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in May through October.

Prices are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and veterans, and $12 for children (ages 3 to 16). There is no admission charge for children under age 3 or for active duty military members who present an identification card.

All tickets must be purchased in advance and can be ordered from the museum’s website https://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.org/events/

No walk up visitors will be allowed and the tour group sizes will be limited to 10 people.

Tour participants should wait in their vehicles or the parking lot until 10 minutes before their tour time.

Visitors and staff must adhere to social distancing requirements as determined by the State of Ohio with visitors encouraged to adhere to all state-mandated requirements, including the wearing of facial masks.

Public areas such as the gift shop and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day. A deep clean is performed once a week by an outside, professional cleaning service.

Mystery Passenger Train

August 21, 2020

We wish we had more information about this train. The only information the photographer sent about it is that it it is a southbound at Sugarcreek, Ohio, on Oct. 6, 1984.

The motive power is a pair of Norfolk Southern geeps and there are at least four former Amtrak passenger cars in the consist.

If you know anything about this trail feel free to leave a comment.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

It’s the Little Details That Can Make a Picture

August 2, 2020

At first glance, these two photographs appear to have little in common.

The top photograph depicts former Lake Superior & Ishpeming 2-8-0 No. 33 at Sugarcreek on April 19, 2008, during one of its few outings under Ohio Central ownership.

In the bottom photograph is Oil Creek & Titusville Alco S2 No. 85 in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on April 20, 2006.

Both images feature good composition that invites you to linger over them for a moment or two.

But what these have in common are little things that maybe you noticed but might not have stopped to think about the role they play in creating a story.

In the photograph of No. 33 there is a figure standing next to the locomotive looking it over.

He appears to be a crew member and is wearing a broad brim hat. No. 33 is a smallish steam locomotive, but even if dwarfs a person standing next to it.

In the OC&T image, there is a portion of a pole line visible along the tracks. That combined with the large and old red brick industrial building in the background suggest another era.

The boarded up windows of the industrial building indicate that era is well past.

It used to be common to see pole lines along railroad right of ways, but in the past decade or so railroads have pretty much removed them as they rely on other technology to communicate.

Of course nothing says “another era” like a steam locomotive. And Alco has been out of the business of building diesel locomotives since 1969.

There is another link between these two images as well. Both locomotives were used in tourist train service and part of the rational for having tourist trains is to provide a glimpse of the past.

Railroading hasn’t gone away and figures to be around for a long time to come. But in many ways subtle and obvious it is always changing. Hence it’s nice to have reminders of the past, including those things we may have forgotten from it.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Sunday: Ohio Central 13 in Sugarcreek

July 19, 2020

Ohio Central 2-8-0 No. 13 leads the northbound excursion train into Sugarcreek on July 4, 1996. The former Buffalo Creek & Gauley locomotive is passing the base of a steam-era water tower.

The late Jerry Jacobson purchased No. 13 in 1993 with the intent of using it as a backup to No. 1551 on the Sugarcreek excursions.

No. 13 has not been in steam since the late 1990s. The Age of Steam Roundhouse website says No. 13 needs significant running gear work and a boiler inspection before it can operate again.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Drink Beer and See Steam Locomotives at AOS

March 5, 2020

The Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek is now selling tickets for its Iron & Ales event on April 18.

Participants can sample craft beers brewed by Hoodletown in Dover and Lockport in Bolivar while touring the roundhouse and listening to music provided by Ohio folk artisst Hey Mavis.

AOS staff will be on hand to discuss the history and collection of the roundhouse.

The restoration back shop will not be open for this event. All funds raised from this event will be used to support AOS operations.

Tickets are $50 and only 250 will be sold. The event hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

AOS Roundhouse Winter Events to Include Expanded Museum Store Hours, Speakers, Santa Claus Visit

November 12, 2019

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek has announced a slate of activities for the winter, including holiday shopping hours, model train layout displays, a speaker series and a visit with Santa.

In a news release, AOS said its store will be open for special holiday shopping hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. between Nov. 21 and Dec. 20 except for the week of Thanksgiving when the store will be closed on Nov. 28 and 29.

Division 1 Mid-Central Region National Model Railroad Association (The Akron-Canton-Youngstown Division) will have an operating model railroad layout on display in the store during the holiday shopping season.

Among the speakers appearing during the monthly winter speaker series will be architect Ted Goodman, who designed the roundhouse.

He will speak about the design process and construction of the roundhouse on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Age of Steam Roundhouse Depot.

There is no admission charge for the event, but attendees should pre-register via the AOS website.

As for Santa, he’ll be appearing at the roundhouse on Dec. 14 from noon to 2 p.m.

Visitors should bring their own cameras or phones to create photographs.

There will also be an opportunity to make a take-home Christmas ornament to remember the visit.

Pictures with Santa are $5 per child and an additional $5 if they wish to make an ornament. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the AOS website or on-site on the day of the event.

For more information on all of the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum’s activities, including the 2020 public tour season, visit http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.org.

Another Ohio Central Steam Memory

September 1, 2019

The Ohio Central steam program excursions are just pleasant memories now, but they live on in the many photographs made of those trips.

Here is OHCR 13, the former Buffalo Creek & Gauley No. 13. It is steaming along in Sugarcreek, Ohio, on July 4, 1996.

Photograph by Robert Farkas