The Gastown Steam Clock will be gone for several weeks

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Yes, the iconic Gastown Steam Clock isn’t where it’s supposed to be today, but don’t worry, everything is just fine with one of Vancouver’s quirkiest attractions.

Today the Steam Clock is being taken down for repairs, and it won’t be back in place for several weeks.

The 37-year-old clock will be at Manitoba Yards, getting some much-needed TLC. “The mechanical moving parts of the Steam Clock’s ball loading device have been slowly wearing out over the decades. The team will be making repairs to that section,” as well as giving the popular tourist attraction a thorough cleaning.

Although the clock looks like an old timer, it has only been around since 1977, when horologist Raymond Saunders built the clock as part of the neighbourhood’s revival with a time-keeping mechanism based on an 1875 design.

The Steam Clock will wrap up its time off and be back on its pedestal December 15.

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Looks like she’s all outta steam. #steamclock #gastown

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