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AOS Crews Working on Restoration Projects

July 4, 2021

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum recently issued its summer 2021 report, which showed that the workforce has been busy with numerous restoration projects.

One of those is working on the boiler of former McCloud/Yreka Western 2-8-2 No. 19.

Workers removed scaling from the boiler and measured and inspected it.

The preliminary data shows the boiler to be in good condition.

Work also continued on restoration of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy coach 705, which was built in 1920. A fellow commuter Burlington commuter coach, No. 704 also underwent repairs, including all new sub flooring that will be covered with new tile so that it retains its original look.

Seats have been removed and will be inspected. Exterior work to be preformed includes repairs of rusted areas in the vestibules, and exterior body work.

Former Morehead & North Fork/Southern Railway 0-6-0 No. 12 received new canvas side and back cab curtains, which are used to protect the crew from inclement weather.

The locomotives has been fired up a few times this year for special events and will be used with more of the 2021 special events that are being planned.

More information about these restoration projects is available at the AOS website.

Poremba Named AOS Executive Director

June 24, 2021

Akron Railroad Club member Peter J. Poremba has been named as the next executive director of the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum.

The announcement was made today by Bill Strawn, AOS board chairman.

Poremba currently serves on the AOS board and has worked in the railroad industry for 35 years.

His first railroad experience was as a volunteer at Ohi-Rail, which was the first railroad to be owned by the late Jerry J. Jacobson, the AOS founder.

Poremba in 1986 became a locomotive engineer on The Youngstown & Austintown Railroad.

He also has served as an engineer, trainmaster, and road foreman of engines for The Ohio Central Railroad System of 10 railroads.

In a news release, AOS said Poremba had a lifetime friendship with Jacobson.

AOS said Poremba’s management experience will give him invaluable insight into the mission of AOS.

“We look forward to Pete’s leadership and focus on the future, as the museum enters its second phase of growth and development,” Strawn said in a statement.

Poremba will succeed Noel Poirier. During Poirer’s tenure at AOS the museum made the transition to becoming a full-fledged museum.

AOS Forces Busy Over Winter, New Tours Planned for Summer

April 10, 2021

The shop forces at the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum have spent the winter working to restore former McCloud River Railroad /Yreka Western 2-8-2 No. 19.

In a report, AOS said the locomotive has been undergoing heavy repairs for quite some time that have involved taking the locomotive apart and repairing  or replacing worn out parts.

AOS said the overhaul of No. 19 will include a boiler inspection and rebuild that is expected to extend the locomotive’s life for another 15 years.

The boiler has been stripped of such external appliances as piping, jacketing and insulation, and its large flues and smaller tubes have been removed.

In addition to working on the boiler, workers have been inspecting and repairing running gear parts and components, including valve, main and side rods and their bearings.

Repairs have been made to the locomotive’s piping, spring rigging and brake rigging, and the electrical system has been rewired.

Other locomotives that received attention from the shop included former Southern Railway/Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12,

Last month No. 12 passed its Federal Railroad Administration annual inspection, including a required hydrostatic test of its boiler.

Former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy commuter coach No. 705 received minor mechanical repairs and a cosmetic make-over.

Built in 1920, the car will have its original CB&Q road number of 7158 restored when the final exterior painting occurs.

AOS said its tour season will begin on May 1 and extend through Nov. 20.

New this year is a three-hour Founder’s Tour, which provides a three-hour, behind-the-scenes exploration that will highlight the life, locomotives and legacy of AOS founder Jerry Joe Jacobson.

Also new this year is a special exhibit titled “Tools of the Trade” that will feature original artifacts and tools used by railroad shop workers.

Family-oriented events that have been added to this year’s schedule include a series of special 45-minute events most of which will begin every Saturday at 1 p.m.

The first of these family events, titled  “Story Book and Explore,” is scheduled for June 10 at 1 p.m., and will feature a museum volunteer reading aloud from Watty Piper’s classic children’s book, The Little Engine That Could.

The shorter Saturday afternoon family tours will include a presentation about how steam locomotives operate.

Participants will also get to see how a locomotive is turned on the roundhouse turntable and touring the back shop.

 “Railroad Heritage Career Day” on July 8 at 1 p.m. will involve visiting stations located throughout the museum to learn about old-time railroad workers, their tools and their skilled trades as engineers, machinists, blacksmiths and Carmen.

AOS Offering Hands on Tour on April 30

March 17, 2021

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek will offer an expanded tour on April 30 that will enable participants to help with the preparation and firing of a steam locomotive.

The Blue Flag tour will be led by Chief Mechanical Officer Tim Sposato and feature a tour of the roundhouse and collection as well as firing Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12.

Tickets are $175 and can be ordered at

The tour will be limited to 25 participants. The ticket price includes a box lunch at the Roundhouse Depot and a special gift. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Numerous COVID-19 pandemic procedures will be observed and are detailed at the museum’s website.