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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.

Ward Pumping Station

Ward Pumping Station

Pumping Station

Pumping Station

Steam Pumping Station

Steam Pumping Station

Col. Ward Pumping Station

Col. Ward Pumping Station

Industrial Flywheels

Industrial Flywheels

Steam Engine Flywheels

Steam Engine Flywheels

Steam Engine Hydraulics

Steam Engine Hydraulics

Steam Engine

Steam Engine

Steam Engine Flywheel

Steam Engine Flywheel

Side View Pumping Station

Side View Pumping Station

Water Pressure Panel Meters

Water Pressure Panel Meters

Industrial Heavy Metal

Industrial Heavy Metal

Ward Steam Pumping Station Lower Level

Ward Steam Pumping Station Lower Level

Looking Up

Looking Up

Ward Pumping Station Lower Level

Ward Pumping Station Lower Level

Pumping Station Column

Pumping Station Column

Steam Pump Lower Level

Steam Pump Lower Level

Steam Pumping Station Structure

Steam Pumping Station Structure

Lone Lightbulb at Pumping Station

Lone Lightbulb at Pumping Station

Industrial Pipes

Industrial Pipes