The famous Gastown Steam Clock finally returned back to Water Street and Abbott yesterday afternoon, a month after it was due.
Back in October of 2014, the 37 year old steam clock went on a temporary hiatus and was transferred to the Manitoba Works Yard to undergo repairs and touch ups.
According to the Gastown Business Improvement Society, a highly skilled team of City staff performed more than 40 individual tasks on the Clock.
The inner workings of the Clock received the most attention, with custom fabrication of several pieces to provide reliable operation for decades to come. Visitors will get an unobstructed view of all the upgrades through clear glass in the door, catching sight of the new tracks, pendulum and chains within.
The steam engine received an overhaul and a new coat of paint. The steam pipes are also new, along with some custom copper leaf guards to prevent leaves and dirt from clogging the interior downspout.
In addition to all the upgrades, the Clock received a thorough cleaning. Rust was removed, areas were repainted and holes were plugged. It’s sure to keep whistling for decades to come.