Steam Saturday: A Roundhouse Full of Steamers

McCloud (Kettle Morain) 2-6-2 No. 9.

It was during a an Akron Railroad Railroad Club event – maybe the former December banquet the used to be held at the Martin Center at the University of Akron – that the late Jerry Jacobson said during an impromptu speech that there was no better site than a steam locomotive in steam sitting in front of a roundhouse.

He pledged that when ARRC came to visit his Age of Steam Roundhouse in the not too distant future that he would have a locomotive in steam for us sitting out front.

Alas, when club members made that tour on June 1, 2013, the staff was unable to have a steam locomotive steamed up for us. But it did place a locomotive on the turntable.

But we got the second best sight, which is a roundhouse full of steam locomotives.

Thousands have had the opportunity to see that for themselves since the roundhouse opened in 2011.

Occasional tours are offered and Ed Ribinskas went on one of those tours on Sept. 19 with his friend Jeff Toutman and neighbor Dan Patterson.

Here is a portfolio of photographs of what sits inside the roundhouse that Jerry built.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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