Age of Steam Roundhouse

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Age of Steam Roundhouse
LocationSugarcreek, Ohio
TypeVintage steam and diesel locomotives, and other rail equipment
PresidentJerry Joe Jacobson

The Age of Steam Roundhouse, Sugarcreek, Ohio, United States, is a private roundhouse housing steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars and other railroad equipment.


The roundhouse was built by Jerry Joe Jacobson, former CEO of the Ohio Central Railroad System (OCRS). In October 2008, Jacobson sold his interest in OCRS to Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., including the track, modern equipment, and most of the shops and depots. Jacobson kept a collection of vintage steam and diesel locomotives, other old equipment, and a depot at Sugarcreek, Ohio.[1] He bought 34 acres in Sugarcreek and began constructing a roundhouse to house his collection. The roundhouse building was completed in 2011 and all of the steam locomotives, along with a few other select pieces of rolling stock in Jacobson's collection, were moved inside the roundhouse that same year.[2] The Age of Steam Roundhouse website says it was the "first full-sized, working roundhouse built in the U.S. since 1951".[3] It outlines its goals as:

  • Preserve the steam locomotives, historic diesels, passenger cars, and other railroad relics in the collection of Jerry Joe Jacobson.
  • Build a full-scale, operating, and realistic roundhouse and back shop to overhaul, repair, and maintain Jerry’s rolling stock.
  • Operate the steam locomotives on freight trains.
  • Display railroad heritage for future generations.[4]

The project was paid for by Jacobson and his wife, Laura. They set up an endowment to maintain the site. They do not intend to run passenger trains, although others can rent trains. The owners plan to run steam locomotives on neighboring railroads.[4] Architect F. A. Goodman says the building is 48,000 square feet and of "solid masonry walls" and "heavy timber framing". It has 18 stalls, each of which is large enough for a locomotive and its tender.[5] The Goodman company says the roundhouse is one of the largest heavy timber structures in America.[5] Initially, there were no plans to open the roundhouse for tours of any kind, but in the winter of 2015, it was announced that the roundhouse will offer private guided tours on Saturdays during the summer and fall.[6]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Number Heritage Wheel Configuration Builder Status Notes Picture
1 Cuban Sugar 0-4-0CA H.K. Porter, 1915 Stored Compressed Air locomotive
2 Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company 0-4-0F Heisler, 1940 Stored Fireless, from Sharon, Pennsylvania
3 Southern Wood Preserving Company 0-4-0T ALCO, 1926 Operational
9 McCloud River Railroad 2-6-2 Baldwin, 1901 Stored From the Kettle Moraine Railroad in Wisconsin.
12 Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 ALCO, 1905 Operational Built as Southern Railway 1643
13 Buffalo Creek and Gauley Railroad 2-8-0 ALCO, 1920 Stored
13 Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal 0-6-0T H.K. Porter 1919 Stored From the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
13 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
19 McCloud River Railroad 2-8-2 Baldwin, 1915 Operational From the Yreka Western Railroad and the Oregon, Pacific and Eastern Railway (pictured).

#19 was used as OP&E #19 in the 1973 Robert Aldrich film Emperor of the North (Pole)

19 on the Oregon Pacific and Eastern
33 Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad 2-8-0 Baldwin, 1916 Operational From Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
41 Alabama, Tennessee & Northern 2-10-0 Baldwin, 1928 Stored From Mid-Continent Railway Museum
96 Canadian National 2-6-0 Canadian Locomotive Company, 1910 Stored
CN 96 in August 1970
105 Sturm & Dillard Co. 0-6-0 Baldwin, 1917 Stored From the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society
612 US Army 2-8-0 Baldwin, 1943 Stored From Southeastern Railway Museum, USATC S160 Class
727 U.S. Steel 0-4-0T H.K. Porter, 1897 Stored From Sewickley, Pennsylvania
763 New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad 2-8-4 Lima, 1944 Stored From Virginia Museum of Transportation
1190 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 0-6-0 ALCO, 1904 Stored
1278 Canadian Pacific Railway 4-6-2 Canadian Locomotive Company, 1948 Stored From Gettysburg Railroad, suffered crown sheet failure in 1995
1293 Canadian Pacific Railway 4-6-2 Canadian Locomotive Company, 1948 Operational Age of Steam's primary locomotive
Photograph of Canadian Pacific 1293
Canadian Pacific 1293
1551 Canadian National 4-6-0 Montreal Locomotive Works, 1912 Stored From Steamtown
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6325 Grand Trunk Western Railroad 4-8-4 ALCO, 1943 Stored From Battle Creek, Michigan

Diesel locomotives[edit]


Number Heritage Model Notes Picture
14 Newburgh and South Shore Railroad S2
84 Great Northern S2 Painted in fictional Nickel Plate Road livery
100 Southern Pacific S2
101 Norfolk and Western S2
102 Norfolk and Western S2
1663 South Buffalo Railway S2
1782 S2
18 South Buffalo Railway S4
9100 Baltimore and Ohio S4
400 Monongahela Connecting Railroad T6
1077 Long Island Rail Road RS3
4099 Delaware and Hudson RS3 From Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
1800 Erie Mining Co. RS18 Named "Chappy"
7230 Erie Mining Co. C424


Number Heritage Model Notes Picture
211 Detroit Edison SW1
212 Detroit Edison SW1
736 New York Central SW1
82 Montour Railroad SW9
556 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe SW1200
1202 Aliquippa and Southern SW1200 Leased to Grand River Railway
1203 Wabash SW1200
1205 Aliquippa and Southern SW1200 Leased to Grand River Railway
1501 Pittsburgh and Lake Erie GP7
452 Amtrak F40M-2C
460 Amtrak F40M-2C


Number Heritage Model Notes Picture
1802 Yankeetown Dock H12-44
1852 US Army H12-44

General Electric

Number Heritage Model Notes Picture
4 Bethlehem Steel Johnstown Works 25-Ton

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Age of Steam Roundhouse: Who We Are". Age of Steam, Ltd. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "Age of Steam Roundhouse: Roundhouse Report - Fall 2011" (PDF). Age of Steam, Ltd. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Age of Steam Roundhouse: What We Are Doing". Age of Steam, Ltd. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Age of Steam Roundhouse: Where We Are Going". Age of Steam, Ltd. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Age of Steam Roundhouse". F.A. Goodman Architects. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Age of Steam Roundhouse: Private Parties" (PDF). Age of Steam Roundhouse. Retrieved August 2, 2016.

Coordinates: 40°28′44.44″N 81°39′58.88″W / 40.4790111°N 81.6663556°W / 40.4790111; -81.6663556