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Steam Clock in Vancouver’s Gastown returns after repairs

VANCOUVER — The Gastown Steam Clock will to return to delighting tourists Tuesday after a three-month absence. Re-installation is scheduled to begin at the intersection of Abbott and Water streets at 9 a.m.
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VANCOUVER — The Gastown Steam Clock will to return to delighting tourists Tuesday after a three-month absence.

Re-installation is scheduled to begin at the intersection of Abbott and Water streets at 9 a.m., and city staff expect that the clock will begin its regular activity of hooting and blowing steam by sometime in the early afternoon.

The clock was removed from its station in early October to be refurbished. Two panes of glass were replaced, some mechanical parts were repaired and the "steam manifold system" was redone during its time in the shop.

In total, the refurbishment was expected to cost about $50,000 — almost as much as it originally cost to build the clock in the 1970s.