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Gastown Steam Clock
2004 Gary Hebert

Gastown Steam Clock

Vancouver, BC, Canada

The world's only steam clock is powered by steam from an underground systems of pipes that supply steam to heat many downtown buildings. You can sometimes see steam escaping from vents in the sidewalk - here it is put to good use.

The clock is a favourite photo location for tourists and provides a focal point for a trip to Gastown. The clock sounds its whistles every quarter-hour so you won't have long to wait to see the steam shooting from the vents at the top. Whilst you are waiting, look through the glass panels in the sides of the clock at the internal mechanism - steel balls are raised to the top of the clock under steam power then slowly fall to power it.

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Christy VB17-Oct-2011 14:28
Interesting background and a really cool shot.
roger fournier12-Oct-2011 15:06
I bet Denis Papin never thought of that but i could be wrong.Interesting shot.
Helen 28-Oct-2005 23:38
please could I get permission to show the gastown steam clock in a presentation to be given at the World Congress of Neurology. The presentation will be on MS research carried out in BC.
I assume I will put under the picture (to be included in a power point presentation) with '© Gary Hebert'