Posts Tagged ‘Tim Sposato’

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

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.

AoSRM Takes Delivery of ‘Camelback’ Locomotive

August 5, 2020

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek this week completed delivery of a rare Reading Railroad “Camelback” steam locomotive.

No. 1187 is the 23rd steam locomotive acquired by AoSRM and one of only three Camelbacks still existing.

The museum acquired the locomotive during a closed bid auction conducted by the Strasburg Rail Road.

The locomotive and its tender were moved to Ohio by truck. A third truck carrying parts is expected to arrive on Wednesday.

“This Reading 0-4-0 Camelback is a unique, unusual and significant type of steam locomotive that is a welcome addition to the Age of Steam Roundhouse,” said William Strawn, chairman of the board of directors of the Jerry and Laura Jacobson Foundation.

“This tiny switch engine rolled on just 4 driving wheels and was able to negotiate tight curves to move railroad cars at factories or waterfront docks,” he said.

Built in 1903, No. 1187 was the last Camelback used in regular freight railroad service before its 1962 retirement. It last operated under steam in 1967.

The locomotive began service as a Philadelphia & Reading Railroad 0-4-0 steam switcher that was specially designed to burn the smokeless anthracite “hard coal” mined in eastern Pennsylvania.

Camelbacks needed a special, wider firebox to burn anthracite coal with its lower heating value than found in other types of coal.

Consequently, engineers operated the locomotive inside a separate cab mounted on top of the boiler.

It was this hump-back appearance resembling the desert-dwelling animal that gave rise to their nickname, “Camelback.” Firemen shoveled coal into the wide firebox in the usual manner, but from their own small, open-sided cab located at the back of the locomotive.

“Even though No. 1187 appears in rough shape, AoSRM has all of its parts except for its wood cab that has rotted away,” said Tim Sposato, chief mechanical Officer at AoSRM.

“Luckily, included with the locomotive’s purchase is the original drawing of No. 1187’s cab. That will be a huge help in AoSRM’s cosmetic restoration of this rare little switcher.”

AOS to Hold Knowledgeable Railfan-Oriented Tours

November 20, 2019

The Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek is now selling tickets for two tours in 2020 that are oriented toward knowledgeable railfans.

The ferroequinologist tours will be conducted on April 25, May 30 and June 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tickets are $75 per person and the tour is limited to 20 participants.

It is described as an extended three-hour guided tour of the roundhouse complex, including the restoration shop, machine shop, store house and turntable.

The tour will provide an in-depth review of the technical aspects of steam locomotives, including their design and mechanics.

Other topics to be covered during the tour include industrial heritage, railroad history and roundhouse architecture.

The blue flag tour will be conducted on April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tickets are $175 per person and include a box lunch and special gift.

The tour is limited to 25 participants who must be at least 18 years of age. The tour is limited to 25 attendees.

Led by Chief Mechanical Officer Tim Sposato, the tour is described as an immersive experience that includes behind-the-scenes access and a hands-on experience.

Participants will meet the roundhouse team that maintains and restores the steam locomotives in the AOS collection.

They also will have the opportunity to assist with the prepping and firing of the HeritageRail Award winning Morehead & North Fork No. 12 steam locomotive.

The tour also provides a look at the current projects underway in the roundhouse and shops.

AOS Has Another Steamer on the Property

January 26, 2018

Another locomotive has been added to the roster at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

The museum said it has moved Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company No. 2. to the museum by truck from Sharon, Pennsylvania.

It is the 20th steam locomotive in the collection. The Heisler-built 0-4-0F had been on display in Pennsylvania between a restaurant and a train station.

The restaurant has since closed and the property owners want to raze the building that housed it.

“We’ve been looking for a ‘fireless cooker’ steam locomotive to add to our collection,” said Tim Sposato, AOS chief mechanical officer in a statement. “We were fortunate to locate and obtain one that was in our own backyard. That saved us a lot of money in loading and transportation costs.”

The locomotive was built in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1940. It was designed for use in an industrial setting and filled with steam from a stationary boiler about every eight hours.

AOS said it will cosmetically restore No. 2. A sister locomotive, No. 1, is owned by the Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association in Youngstown.

Ohio Central Steam Memory on the CVSR

February 28, 2017


Most photographs that Northeast Ohio railfans made of Ohio Central 4-6-2 No. 1293 were made on its former home rails, which are now operated by Genesee & Wyoming.

By the Pacific-type owned by Jerry Jacobson made three visits to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, that last of which occurred in September 2012.

The first excursion of that visit occurred on Sept. 8 and ran from Rockside Road Station to Indigo Lake.

It carried those passengers attending the CVSR’s 40th anniversary gala held at Hale Farm and Village.

Shown in the cab are Mark Perri (left) and engineer Tim Sposato.