Beam Engine; John Key and Son; 1877; 1964.1


Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)


Beam Engine

About this object

Built by John Key and Son, Engineers and Shipbuilders, Kirkcaldy, Scotland, in 1877. This is the original waterworks engine for Auckland. It began pumping in 1879. Its regular use finished 1928. Kept as a reserve pumping station until 1935.

Beam Engine. Twin-cylinder, double-acting, double expansion, compound, condensing. No. 152.
No Boilers.


John Key and Son

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Steam and engineering

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The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

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Engine/Power Producing Equipment/Energy Production T&E/05 Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology/Nomenclature

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