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Corliss Steam Engine Co.
Centennial Engine, Providence, RI

This is the largest engine that the Corliss Steam Engine Company built. It was located in the Machinery Hall of the Centennial Exposition in Phillidelphia in 1876. It was first started by President Ulysses S. Grant and the Emperor Dom Pedro of Brazil. This engine powered 13 acres of equipment in the Machinery Hall through more than a mile of shafting.

The engine had a 44 inch bore, 10 foot stroke, was more than 45 feet tall, had a fifty-six ton, thirty foot diameter, twenty-four inch face flywheel, and produced 1,400 Horse Power at 36 RPM.

After 6 months of service at the Centennial the engine was shipped back to the Corliss Factory in Providence. Seven years later the Corliss Centennial engine was sold to the George Pullman company in Chicago and ran their factory until 1910.

Front View

Side View

Top View


The Corliss Centennial engine at the George Pullman company in Chicago.
Photo courtesy of the Pullman State Historic Site, Collection of Frank H. Beberdick.


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