Home to four of the World's Largest
Triple Expansion, Crank and Flywheel
Water Pumping Steam Engines
Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
5651 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Oh 45228
GPS – Use 5695 Kellogg Ave.
Old River Station tours are scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, 9:30
AM–Noon, tours are conducted year around. Attendance is limited to 20
Sign-up for a tour HERE
2019 Tour Dates:
Sept. 07-Full; Nov. 02;
2020 Tour Dates: Jan. 04, Feb 01,
March 07, April 04, May 02, June 06, July 04, Aug. 01, Sept. 05, Oct. 03, Nov.
07, Dec. 05
Age Requirement: No one under the age of 8. Under age 12,
one (1) adult chaperone required
for each (1) child under age 12. Adult
supervision required for all children at all times.
5651 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Oh 45228,
GPS use 5695
If you have a group of 15-20
we are happy to coordinate a tour date that best fits your group
schedule and the station schedule. Let us know your preference via
Tour Brochure Here
Weighing in at 1,400 tons these 104 feet high
triple expansion crank and flywheel water pumping steam engines are the largest
ever built. At 1,000 HP. they are
not the most powerful as smaller engines with larger horsepower were used at
Main Station in Cincinnati and elsewhere in the world. The four engines reside at the
Greater Cincinnati Water Works where we invite you to take a tour and explore a
state-of-the-art, high volume, and high quality water pumping system for a
growing community in the early 1900s. We present this site as an effort to
preserve an important part of our industrial heritage that has contributed to
the success of making us who we are today.
Pocket hoppers, charging cars, and hot wells were
a familiar vocabulary when steam powered water pumping engines prevailed. The
efficiency of steam engines increased dramatically during that period of time
with the use of the multi expansion cylinders. The coal to water efficiency for
a crank and flywheel triple expansion water pumping steam engine with
enhancements, measured near 23%.
You can view additional historical videos from the
Greater Cincinnati Water Works website
Possibly no other department of the City of
Cincinnati possesses a more interesting history than the Water Works.
Triple Steam is a tribute to the men and women that have contributed to the
successful effort by the Greater Cincinnati Water Works to provide a reliable,
high volume and high quality water supply for the Greater Cincinnati area. The
success of their effort continues today.
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