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« on: February 11, 2009, 03:02:54 pm »

I'm not quite sure if this is a re-post but its worth a second glance anyhow.



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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009, 08:37:12 pm »

I've seen that clock, quite neat. It uses a Stuart-Turner #4 steam engine to drive  a chain lift that carries  steel balls to the top  of the clock, where they are passed on to another chain to provide a gravioty driven drive for the movement(basically its a steam powered remontoire). The steam chimes are controlled by 4 electric motors and solenoids, and the steam engineis pwoered from the 17PSI steam heat feed that is under the streets of Gastwon..

Very cool device..

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 11:12:38 pm »

That's really cool. Had not seen it before. Thanks for sharing.

And Harold, thanks for insight into the inner workings. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2009, 02:50:00 am »

Even without looking at the video, I was going to say Harold's description sounds alot like the Gastown clock. I've seen it up close, but I think it was shut down at the time for some reason... Cry
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009, 03:10:08 am »

Yep, the Gastown clock, thats the one I was lucky enough to see the workings of when it was being maintained..

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009, 06:51:08 pm »

Interesting. I was amused by the fact that while the "chimes" were probably playing something like the Westminster Great Clock chime, the three tones on pipes that were recorded on this video sounded more like the alien signal motif from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I had not previously appreciated this relationship.
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