Forebay And 50 Ton Crane Nov 23, 2006
The forebay is where the water enters the station from the Niagara river. Below the deck is where the huge pipes—the penstocks—direct the water down to turn the turbine blades. This wall of windows faces East towards the river.
This is very similar to the forebay in the Toronto Power Company building. However, I much prefer the Toronto Power Company building because the roof is much higher, making the space much brighter and more open.
Also visible in this photo is one of the two 50-ton cranes installed in the Rankine power house. These cranes were used for installing and removing the huge equipment used in the station.