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The Col Francis G Ward Pumping Station in Buffalo, NY, went online in 1915 and housed five giant steam-driven pumps that each weigh 1,100 tons and stand 60 feet tall. Each 1,200-horsepower steam engine has two 30-ton flywheels that drove piston pumps capable of discharging 30 million gallons per day through 48-inch pipes. The steam pumps were manufactured by the Holly Pump Company of Lockport, N.Y.
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