Age of Steam Roundhouse

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

Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum
Inside the Age of Steam Roundhouse
LocationSugarcreek, Ohio
TypeVintage steam and diesel locomotives, and other rail equipment
PresidentJerry Joe Jacobson (2011-2017)


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, including the track, modern equipment, and most of the workshops and depots. Jacobson kept a collection of vintage steam and diesel locomotives, other old equipment, and a depot at Sugarcreek, Ohio.[1][2] 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.[3] It was the "first large roundhouse built in the United States since 1951," with the previous building being Nickel Plate Road's roundhouse in its Calumet Yard.[2] As of 2012, the Age of Steam Roundhouse's website 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 support the museum.[2][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]

Steam locomotivesEdit

Number Heritage Wheel Configuration Builder Status Notes Picture
1 Cuban Sugar 0-4-0CA H.K. Porter, 1915 Display Compressed Air locomotive
2 Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company 0-4-0F Heisler Locomotive Works, 1940 Display Fireless, from Sharon, Pennsylvania
3 Southern Wood Preserving Company 0-4-0T ALCO, 1926 Operational
4 Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal 0-6-0T H.K. Porter, 1919 Display From the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
13 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
9 McCloud Railway 2-6-2 Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1901 Display From the Kettle Moraine Scenic Railroad, Wisconsin
12 Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 ALCO, 1905 Operational Built as Southern Railway No. 1643.
13 Buffalo Creek and Gauley Railroad 2-8-0 ALCO, 1920 Display
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 First from the Munising, Marquette and Southeastern as No. 44, No. 33 operated on the LS&I until 1962. Owned by the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway from 1965 to 2003, when it first arrived at the Ohio Central.
96 Canadian National 2-6-0 Canadian Locomotive Company, 1910 Display
CN 96 in August 1970
105 Sturm & Dillard Co. 0-6-0 Baldwin, 1917 Display From the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society
401 Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad 2-10-0 Baldwin, 1928 Display From the Mid-Continent Railway Museum
643 Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad 2-10-4 Baldwin, 1944 Display To be moved from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
727 U.S. Steel 0-4-0T H.K. Porter, 1897 Display From Sewickley, Pennsylvania
763 New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad 2-8-4 Lima Locomotive Works, 1944 Display From the Virginia Museum of Transportation
1187 Reading Company 0-4-0 Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1903 Display From the Strasburg Rail Road

#1187 was recently acquired from Strasburg from an auction on July 15, 2020 and left Strasburg on July 31, 2020.

1187 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
1190 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 0-6-0 ALCO, 1904 Display
1278 Canadian Pacific Railway 4-6-2 Canadian Locomotive Company, 1948 Display From the Gettysburg Railroad

#1278 suffered a crown sheet failure in 1995, underwent a partial cosmetic restoration in 2016.

1293 Canadian Pacific Railway 4-6-2 Canadian Locomotive Company, 1948 Stored, awaiting rebuild Age of Steam's primary locomotive/locomotive power.
Canadian Pacific 1293
1551 Canadian National 4-6-0 Montreal Locomotive Works, 1912 Display Traded from Steamtown in exchange for BLW No. 26 in 1986.
2630 US Army 2-8-0 Baldwin, 1943 Display From the Southeastern Railway Museum, USATC S160 Class. Cosmetically restored.
3960 Wheeling and Lake Erie 0-6-0 W&LE Brewster Shops, 1935 Display, awaiting in-depth cosmetic restoration From Canton, Ohio
6325 Grand Trunk Western Railroad 4-8-4 ALCO, 1943 Display; awaiting FRA 1472 day boiler inspection/rebuild From Battle Creek, Michigan

Diesel locomotivesEdit


Number Heritage Model Notes Picture
14 Newburgh & South Shore Railroad S2
84 Great Northern S2 Painted in fictional Nickel Plate Road livery
100 Southern Pacific S2
101 Norfolk & Western S2
102 Norfolk & Western S2
1663 South Buffalo Railway S2
1782 S2
18 South Buffalo Railway S4
9100 Baltimore & Ohio S4
400 Monongahela Connecting Railroad T6
1077 Long Island Rail Road RS3
4099 Delaware & 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 & Santa Fe SW1200
1202 Aliquippa & Southern SW1200
1203 Wabash SW1200
1205 Aliquippa & Southern SW1200
1501 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie GP7
452 Amtrak F40M-2C
460 Amtrak F40M-2C


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

General Electric

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

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ a b c Hankey, John P. (March 2010). "Newest roundhouse in the land". Trains. Vol. 70 no. 3. p. 54.
  3. ^ "Age of Steam Roundhouse: Roundhouse Report - Fall 2011" (PDF). Age of Steam, Ltd. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  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. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved March 17, 2012.

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