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Photo courtesy NMIHThe giant Corliss engine is a piece of working history. Photo courtesy NMIHThe giant Corliss engine is a piece of working history.

Museum holding Corliss engine encore this weekend

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Following its extremely successful debut weekend earlier this month, the National Museum of Industrial History is hosting an encore demonstration of its massive 115-ton Corliss water pumping engine on Father’s Day, June 16 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For more than a decade, the museum’s staff, volunteers and community partners worked to restore the engine to working order, 105 years after being built by the Snow Steam Pump Works in Buffalo, N.Y. The engine was used by the York Water Company and pumped eight million gallons of water per 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 mechanically restored to its former glory and repainted its original color.

“The public unveiling of the operating was such a success that we decided to host a follow-up demonstration for those that couldn’t make the first weekend,” said museum President and CEO Kara Mohsinger. “Patrons young and old were enamored with such a large, operational piece of history and we thought it would be the perfect time to bring the engine to life once again.” Following the Father’s Day operation, the museum is planning to run the engine again quarterly as well as during special events.

The museum is also offering half off admission to all dads on Father’s Day with another youth or adult admission. Regular admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors/students/veterans, $9 for youth seven-17, and free for youth six and under. The steam engine demonstration is included in regular museum admission.

Patrons can also enter to win a Father’s Day Appreciation Basket stuffed full of great gifts like a bottle of Social Still Sasquatch Bourbon, an NMIH blast furnace blueprint t-shirt, a Bethlehem Steel water bottle, four passes to the museum, and a ’50 Great Places in the U.S.’ book from the museum’s gift shop. Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10, or an arm’s length for $20.

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