Modern Marvels: Waterworks Engines
June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmincluded in regular museum admission
For over a decade the National Museum of Industrial History has been working with staff and volunteers to restore a massive 115-ton stationary steam engine to working order. Now, with the contributions of local companies and thousands of volunteer manhours, the museum’s Corliss water pumping engine runs again, 105 years after being built by the Snow Steam Pump Works in Buffalo, NY. The engine was used by the York Water Company and pumped 8 million gallons of water a day. Today the engine, the most powerful operating water works steam engine in North America, is a focal point of the museum’s 13,000 square foot exhibit space, where it has painstakingly been repainted to its original color and mechanically restored to its former glory. On May 31st through June 2nd the museum will debut the operational engine to the public for the first time. Patrons will be able to see the engine at work and hear from museum experts and guest lecturers during special programming throughout the weekend which is generously sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
At 2pm on Sunday the museum’s historian, Mike Piersa, will host a special presentation on the history of waterworks engines that were utilized to pump water to millions of people across the country, spawning the industrial revolution and the growth of modern cities. This special talk is included in regular museum admission.