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 signal the time and produce the Westminster chime. Each 1/4 hour the clock sounds the chimes on 5 brass steam whistles. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

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