Working Worthington Gas Compressor Engines

A reader shares Worthington gas compressor engines from the past housed in an Oklahoma pumping station.

| August/September 2019

A line of Worthington horizontal double-acting compressor engines at the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. pumping station in Balko, Oklahoma, in the 1980s.

Although modern turbines started to replace large gas engines as power units in natural gas pumping stations decades ago, the legacy of gas engines as motivators in industry continues to express itself.

A build plate from one of the Worthington engines at Station 102.

the main engine room at Station 101 in Hooker, Oklahoma.

A Cooper-Bessemer auxiliary engine at Station 102.

A pair of Ingersoll Rand V8 engines at Station 101.

Rick Remley
9/3/2019 7:10:35 PM

My Dad worked at the Panhandle Eastern pumping station outside Centralia, MO. If I recall correctly, they had eight horizontal layout Worthington engines that were installed when the station started up in the 1930's. I was lucky enough to work at the pumping station for two summers when I was going to college in the early 1970's. Sometimes they would fire up the old Worthingtons, but most of the horsepower for pumping was done by more modern vertical cylinder Clark engines and a pair of huge V12 Cooper-Bessimer engines. When they had all eight of the Worthingtons running, and they got "in sync" with one another, the walls of the building would sway back and forth at least a foot at the roofline.


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