Steam clocks are almost as scarce as hen’s teeth. Still, a wonderful example of a
modern functioning steam clock can be found in a part of downtown Vancouver,
Canada, called Gastown. The clock was built by Raymond Saunders, owner of The
Gastown Steam Clock Company, which also supplies steam for the clock and many
of the city’s office buildings and other properties in Gastown. He built the clock in
1977 based on an 1875 design. It has become a major tourist attraction. The clock
sounds the Westminster Chimes on steam whistles every 15 minutes.
Otaro, Japan, and Jersey (in the Channel Islands), United Kingdom, also have steam clocks by The Gastown Steam Clock Company.

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