Home to four of the world's largest steam engines and an ASCE National Landmark and AWWA Landmark

Welcome to Cincinnati Triple Steam – Historic Old River Station
 

Home to four of the World's Largest
Triple Expansion Steam Engines

Greater Cincinnati Water Works
5651 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Oh 45228

Monthly Tour Schedule
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2022

 
   June
Full
   July 
Full
   Aug 6  

 

 
    Sept 3
    Oct 1
Full
    Nov 5
    Dec 3

Tour Details and Map Here

NEW For increased guests’ safety the tour no longer includes
a set-down presentation about Old River Station.
Instead, the information is now on YouTube,
and we ask you watch it prior to attending.
View it here: Part-3 (Station Construction)

Additional videos can be viewed Here.


Age Requirement: Age 18 and up. No exceptions.
Location: 5651 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Oh 45228  
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.Ohio's First Publicly Owned Water System

You can view additional historical videos from the Greater Cincinnati Water Works website HERE.

Possibly no other department of the City of Cincinnati possesses a more interesting history than the Water Works. Cincinnati 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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Learn more from published articles below:

Also, an amazing model builder, Chris Rueby, has built a working model for the engines used at our Main Station, the Buffalo Waterworks, and other locations. Watch the video HERE.

World's Largest Water Pumping Steam Engine

A Pocket Guide to Old River Station

Drawings for Triple Expansion Engines

Pumping it Large - USA  (British)

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There's A Limelight Mystery Afoot

Made In Ohio – Steam Powered Machinery Index

A Chronology Of R. D. Wood & Company

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   Cincinnati Triple Steam - Old River Station - Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Tours are conducted by volunteers Lee Hite and Larry Moster. Tours and the  website are an all volunteer effort and we do appreciate donations that fund this effort. 100% of all donations are allocated to displays and enhancing the tour experience. There are no administrative costs. Donations are via PayPal™ below.
Thank you in advance.

Header photo by William B. McLaughlin - Above photo by Cincinnati Magazine