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    Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    Here's a photo of the Steam Powered Clock in Vancouver's Gastown district.
    The clock actually runs with weights and a pendulum. The weights run down in 45 minutes and then are raised by the steam engine inside the clock.
    The steam engine also blows the Westminster Chime whistles and the big whistle in the center that "chimes" the hours. The clock attracts quite a crowd at hourly intervals.
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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    I'd hate to be the one to have the job of "winding" that clock if the stream ever ran out.

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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    Looks like a very interesting clock, Ray...how old is it?
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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    Actually it's only about 30 years old.

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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    Ecological clock, running on steam! How is the steam generated?
    The clock must be a "one off", or?

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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    I think the steam comes from one of the city buildings nearby that has a boiler for heating. There are pipes under the street.
    There are a few others around, most built by Ray Saunders - a crazy Canuck.

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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    That clock must be a hit at midday!
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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    Brilliant! I'd not heard about these things. Its made my day.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_clock
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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    Hey there's videos of the clock on Youtube, go check. That is awesome!

    A pity it doesn't sound out the number of hours, though. Wish it did...The Westminster Quarters sounds funny being played out by steam-whistles...
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    Re: Gastown's Steam Powered Clock

    I only spent one afternoon in Vancouver, but I spent it in Gastown. I loved the shops, the people, and the clock... this was just before I became a WIS. Maybe it was the clock!
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