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Gastown Steam Clock (Vancouver, BC)


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Old 01-28-2005, 02:29:43 AM
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Caught a glimse of what looked to be a vertical steam engine which appeared to be part of the mechanical workings of the above clock, on a TV show filmed in Vancouver. Tried searching the net for more detailed information and pictures of the inner workings of the clock but didn't have any luck. Does anyone know where I might find better info?

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Caught a glimse of what looked to be a vertical steam engine which appeared to be part of the mechanical workings of the above clock, on a TV show filmed in Vancouver. Tried searching the net for more detailed information and pictures of the inner workings of the clock but didn't have any luck. Does anyone know where I might find better info?

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Bill
Bill

Take a look at these sites. Do a search for "Gastown Steam Clock"

Jim

http://www.vancouvertourist.com/page250.htm

http://www.seegastown.com/clock/clock.htm

http://www.jimtardio.com/vancouver/v...clock-big.html

http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/CTYC...990311/PE2.HTM
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I want one!
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Jim,

Thanks for the links that you posted. I had already checked out the first 3 sites but the last one contained a lot more information than the first 3 combined.

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Default Re: Gastown Steam Clock (Vancouver, BC)

The Steam clock in Vancouver has a small selfstarting steam engine that just rewinds the weights about every 15 minutes or so. The clock actually is a large grandfathers clock with the steam taking the place of a grandfather. The interesting part is almost hidden.
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Why does it need a small electric motor? BobRR
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no no no electric. The steam is from a street/city supply line to heat the buildings and the steam engine is a small model size engine in the base, if you look at the previous mentioned web site pictures. The clock is also connected to steam whistles with little valves that toot the hour rather than strike a gong. It would be a nice show project to convert a clock to steam clock. By using the steam to run an engine to lift the weights of a pendulum clock, the steam pressure can vary over a wide range and the clock still keeps proper time. Does the Ind. clock work the same way?
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Bill if you read that last link of the ones that Jim posted it mentions the instalation of a small electric motor?Did they get rid of the steam engine? BobRR
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The steam engine was still visable in the shot that I saw on TV during the Canadian Antiques Road Show filmed in Vancouver, BC. That's what got my attention in the first place. Don't know how long ago it was filmed but the show was recent.

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The little steam engine looked like it was doing the work of lifting the weights in June 2004. The electric motor part must have been somewhat hidden. We wanted to but didn't have time to catch the "on the hour" show.
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