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.)
World Class Industrial Archaeology
Signup for a tour HERE (Mostly
the First Saturday of each month, 9:30
Available 2017 tour dates:
May 6 Full,
June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7,
Nov. 4 Full,
Scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, 9:30
AM–Noon, tours are conducted year around. Attendance is limited to 15 per
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.
If you have a group of eight or more 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%.
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.