All Ohio Model T Jamboree 2017

Just arrived today. Long drive from Texas! The tour is limited to 150 Model T’s. The tour is full, both of the host hotels sold out, many folks at other hotels and at a campground three miles away. There is a waiting list if anyone drops out. The place is swarming with Model T’s!

Here are a few that were in the parking lot of the Berlin Grande Hotel.
1913 runabout:

This '26 Tudor was a super nice restoration. It runs as good as it looks too!

This '12 torpedo runabout appeared to be a very fresh restoration. It has some period accessory electric headlamps.

1915 runabout pickup conversion. Super nice looking and running car.

This '24 had later wire wheels and some big rear brakes to help on the Ohio hills tomorrow.

What nice cArs wish I was there.

Can’t wait to see more, hope no one has breaks downs and everyone stays safe and has fun! The club I’m a part of in western Ma has their banquet and tour/hill climb in a few weeks. I will do a post for it. With the post will have contact info for the club in case anyone here is in western ma area. So few model ts show up at shows in the last few years. Guess they are busy out driving! Which is even better!


Photos from yesterday, Day 1. Please also see the video. It was chilly, but dry. The roads were awesome. Some quite steep, we used Ruckstell Low once but quickly switched to Ford Low after it leveled off a little.

This nice '22 coupe had an interesting heater, one I had never seen. It is probably a rare heater because it required modifying the stock Modl T exhaust pipe. Notice this car also has a “foot feed” accelerator pedal.

More photos from yesterday September 1, 2017 All Ohio Model T Jamboree. Most of the photos are from an antique store that was overwhelmed by 140+ Model T’s and their drivers and passengers. Of course some minor maintenance took place in the parking lot.


Here are some photos from today. This morning was the roundhouse tour at the Age of Steam. Age of Steam is not a museum. It is a working repair facility for steam locomotives. The roundhouse was built to look and work like a typical 1915 - 1940 era steam rail locomotive maintenance facility. They have work areas, machine shops, and machine tools from that era. The building was completed in 2010, it is a monumental facility to a bygone era.

Most of the locomotives are Canadian from the 1940 - 50 era as far as date of manufacture. The reason being, the Canadians used steam longer than we did in the USA, and our US locomotives were mostly scrapped before anyone thought about saving them. One exception is the red and brass reproduction locomotive, it was recently completed and is meant to look like the locomotive that pulled Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865.

I really enjoyed the work shops and machinery used to maintain the steam engines. The roundhouse also has all the outside accoutremants needed to service a steam engine including a water tower, sanding dispenser, and coal loaders. The turntable for rotating train engines is a masterpiece of Edwardian technology.


The owner of the facility, a Mr. Jacobsen, worked for and owned railroads from the 1950’s until recently. He also has an affection for the earliest diesel locomotives, some of which were often rescued by steam locomotives when they broke down. It took a whie for the early diesels to figure out what needed to e done to make a reliable and powerful locomotive.

The facility is amazing. In this photo you can see a couple of new drive links that were machined on site.

This is the first of the Day Three photos showing the site of the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock in Sugarcreek, Ohio. It was a bit warmer thank goodness, almost 60 degrees and no rain.


More photos from Day Three - this is the Warther Museum. Mr. Warther worked in the local steel mill but in his spare time he carved amazing things from wood and ivory, primarily steam locomotives. He also made knives and sold them to pay for the materials he used in his carvings. An amazingly talented man.
Here’s a nice '27 touring outside the Warther museum.

Outside the Warther Museum

Inside the Warther Museum - Mr Warther apparently had a Model T for a while, but he was unable to pay attention very well and kept wrecking the car. Eventually everyone agreed he should not drive.

Here is Mr Warther in the 1930’s with one of his trains and his son.

Mr Warther’s knives were coveted when new and valuable today.