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AOS to Allow Regular Public Tours

May 1, 2018

The Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek will begin allowing public group tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting May 3.

Admission is $20 payable in cash or check, but not via credit card.

AOS also announced an end to the prohibition on non-commercial photography by amateur photographers of the grounds and collection of the roundhouse.

Group tours will be offered through Oct. 27. Interested parties should use the “Contact Us” page at the website

Tours for individuals and small groups will be offered on June 9 at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., comprising the same content as that offered to larger groups.

Tour participants must be over the age of 5, wear closed-toe shoes and old clothing, and sign a liability waiver.

The roundhouse was founded in 2012 by the late Jerry Jacobson, a former life member of the Akron Railroad Club and the head of the Ohio Central System before its sale to Genesee & Wyoming.

The 18-stall roundhouse features a 115-foot turntable, 20 steam locomotives and a fully outfitted backshop.

AOS Buys Another Locomotive

October 7, 2016

Jerry Jacobson owns another steam locomotive. His Age of Steam Roundhouse purchased Yreka Western 2-8-2 No. 19 during a sheriff’s sale on Thursday in California.

Age of SteamAOS won out over the Valley Railroad of Essex, Connecticut, the only other bidder for the locomotive.

Trains magazine reported that the winning bid of AOS was $400,000.

The sale of the locomotive happened after the Chelatchie Boiler Works of Woodland, Washington, placed a lien on it for $264,000.

Chelatchie acted after not being paid for boiler work that it performed in 2006. By a 2013 court order, No. 19 was confined to its engine house.

A sheriff’s sale had been set for October 2013, but was called off when the previous operators of the Yreka Western alleged that they had a superior line on the locomotive.

Under terms of the sale, AOS will have two weeks to move the locomotive from its current location.

AOS officials told Trains they plan to load loose parts onto a truck and contract with a trucking company to move the locomotive on a low-boy trailer.

The tender will be taken by truck to Sugar Creek while the engine will move to Sacramento, California, where it will be placed on a railroad flat car for transport to Ohio.

The AOS owns another former McCloud River Railroad steam locomotives, No. 9, which it purchased last year from Steve Butler.

No. 19 last operated in November 2008. It appeared in the 1973 move Emperor of the North with Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.

It also once ran on the Oregon, Pacific & Eastern Railroad.

AOS to Have Public Tours Sept. 10

August 16, 2016

Jerry Jacobson’s Age of Steam Roundhouse will offer public tours on Sept. 10 for a $20 fee.

Age of SteamThe tours will begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., at the facility located just outside Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Following the tours, AOS will host a reception to raise money for the Garaway Education Foundation, which awards scholarships to Garaway High School students to pursue higher education.

The reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will cost $50 per person and feature access to the locomotives and other areas of the roundhouse.

Although periodic tours of the AOS facility have been held in recent years, it is not common for the site to hold an open to all event.

To purchase tickets online for the roundhouse tour and/or the reception, click on the following link:

AOS Picks up 2-6-2 Kettle Moraine No. 9

September 15, 2015

A 2-6-2 built in 1901 for California’s McCloud River Railroad is the latest steam locomotive to join the roster of the Age of Steam Roundhouse.

AOS owner Jerry Jacbson has purchased Kettle Moraine No. 9, which also worked for the Yreka Western Railroad, the Amador Central Railroad and the Nez Perce & Idaho Railroad.

Last owned by Steve Butler, it was stored indoors at North Lake, Wisconsin, after its days as an excursion railroad locomotive were ended by NIMBY opposition.

Richard Hinebaugh purchased No. 9 in 1964 and moved it to Mid-Continent Railroad Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin. There it was rebuilt for tourist train operation, which it began in 1971 on the Kettle Moraine Railroad.

It was later moved to North Lake where real estate development on former farmland led to residents complaining of smoke, noise and traffic in town. The Kettle Moraine last operated on Oct. 28, 2001.

Jacobson, a lifetime member of the Akron Railroad Club, purchased No. 9 this past July.

Another Arrival at Age of Steam Roundhouse

November 23, 2013

Another steam locomotive has made its way to the Age of Steam Roundhouse soon.

Former U.S. Steel Porter No. 727 will move from a park in Sewickley, Pa., to the facility owned by Jerry Jacobson in Sugar Creek, Ohio.

The 0-4-0T was built in 1897 for Carnegie Steel Co. Ltd. at Cochran, Pa. It was later used by U.S. Steel at its Duquesne Works.

It has been on display at Riverfront Park in the Pittsburgh suburb since 2000.

It had ben owned by Fred Okie, president of the Union Railroad and the Bessemer & Lake Erie, who donated it in 1978 to the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation in 1978.

The Age of Steam Roundhouse provided Sewickley borough with a $17,500 donation to remove the locomotive, a caboose and display track from the park. City officials had deemed all three items a safety hazard.
The caboose had been built in the late 1800s for the Pittsburgh & Ohio Valley. It later was owned by Shenango Furnace Company and retired in 1964.

New Steam Loco in Jerry’s Roundhouse

December 1, 2011

Jerry Jacobson has added another steam locomotive to his Age of Steam Roundhouse. The latest addition is Morehead & North Fork No. 12, an ex-Southern Railway 0-6-0 that had been stored indoors since the railroad dieselized in 1963.

The 1905 Alco has been owned by the M&NF since 1952. In its last years, the 4-mile long M&NF primarily carried coal, clay products and lumber to an interchange with the Chesapeake & Ohio at Morehead, Ky. The line was abandoned in 1985. No. 12 joins the line’s other two steam engines, Nos. 11 (2-6-2) and No. 14 (0-6-0), in preservation.

“It’s a nice rebuildable size with a simple design. It’s been kept in nice shape inside the engine house,” Jacobson told The Morehead News. The locomotive’s tender was moved by truck on Nov. 16, and the engine will follow as soon as routing and truck permits are approved.

Jacobson currently owns 12 other steam locomotives.

Bird’s Eye View of Jacobson’s Roundhouse

July 20, 2010

If you were a bird or owned a small plane and could fly over Sugar Creek, Ohio, this is what you would see at Jerry Jacobson's roundhouse that is currently under construction. Soon, steam locomotives and other vintage railroad equipment will sit on the turntable. (Photograph courtesy of John B. Corns)