Gastown Steam Clock by Adri (BC Photo Spot)

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Gastown Steam Clock - Photo by Adri
Gastown’s most famous landmark is its steam-powered clock, located on the corner of Cambie and Water Street. The clock was built to cover a steam grate that was part of Vancouver’s distributed steam-heating system. It is powered using a miniature steam engine in the base of the clock. The steam also powers the clock’s sound production, which uses whistles to to signal the time and produce the Westminster chime. Each 1/4 hour the clock sounds the chimes on 5 brass steam whistlers. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

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