Wombat,This must be one of the few round houses still in existence, let alone still operating. Nice shots and thanks.
It is a tourist railway, and the roundhouse was built for the operation. So it's not a historic building. It is, however, a working roundhouse, as the steam locomotives they operate are stored and maintainer there. It's one of a few where you can view the whole operation.Technically, it doesn't appear to be a "working" roundhouse, since its obviously a museum and display building. It looks like a really cool facility, with lots of railroad displays, I hope to go there someday.
Website:Wishing to share with others his passion for the steam locomotive, Jerry Joe Jacobson has established the Age of Steam Roundhouse.The Roundhouse will seek to:
- Preserve the steam locomotives, historic diesels, passenger cars and other railroad relics in the collection of Jerry Joe Jacobson
- Construct a full-scale, operating and realistic roundhouse and back shop to overhaul, repair and maintain Jerry’s rolling stock
- Fire-up and operate the steam locomotives on non-passenger carrying freight trains
- Display and interpret this railroad heritage for the edification, enlightenment and entertainment of future generations of Americans.The entire Age of Steam Roundhouse and site are being constructed and maintained with private funds donated by Jerry Joe and Laura Jacobson. It is expected that the roundhouse and back shop shall be completed in late 2011, with other buildings and structures being completed later during Phase 2 of this massive undertaking. Additionally, an endowment has been established so that the monumental construction work of this roundhouse and the treasures it contains may be guaranteed continued existence into the future.Since he no longer owns a railroad line, Jerry will not be running passenger excursion trains, but numerous times each year Jerry’s steam locomotives will be used to power freight trains across the rails of neighboring railroads.
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