Tower clock in Edmonton Alberta

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  1. Kiesewetter

    Kiesewetter Registered User
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    I was in Edmonton Alberta last week and saw a tower clock in front of the Westin Hotel downtown. The site markers indicates that the tower clock was originally in a post office building (constructed around 1912) at the same site but was moved into a new tower in front of the hotel in about 1978. The mechanical movement must have been installed in a protective glass case (which is still there), but the movement is no longer there and the clock still works. Maybe it was electrified. I have submitted an inquiry to a newspaper in Edmonton. Does any one on this forum know anything about this tower clock?
     
  2. doug sinclair

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    Thank you for your response. I had seen the video (which is the correct clock) which is how I new that the movement had at one time been located in the case. I sent an email inquiry to Graham Hicks, the Sun columnist that made the video. He is out of the country for about 1 month. So, I forwarded the inquiry to a general newsroom email address. I let you know if I learn anything.

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  4. doug sinclair

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    I'd be interested! I live 200 miles south of Edmonton, and I look after 2 tower clocks, here. One, a 1903 Howard has a McShane bell, cast in Baltimore in 1903.
     
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    I lived in Edmonton for a few years back in the early 90s, Could get mighty cold during the height of winter. First time I experienced having to "plug" a car into the grid when parked. So, just got me wondering re Turret clocks in cold climates - have they to be specially treated (oiled??) over the winter period and are there other issues to be concerned about?
     
  6. Kevin W.

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    yes thats normal, to plug your block heater in, in Canadian winters.At least where i currently live.
    The coldest place i lived in was Fort St John area, northern B.C.Coldest day, chill factor minus 65 degrees fahrenheit.
    I would imagine it would be a very versatile oil used in tower clocks.One extreme to the other, hot and cold.
    maybe Doug could add more to this as he knows more than i about tower clocks.:)
     
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    #7 doug sinclair, Aug 18, 2009
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    The tower clocks I look after function quite well with synthetic motor oil. The Howard operates at the lowest temperatures of the two because of its location. When the mercury falls to - 35 degrees Celsius, it is - 35 in the clock room. The Seth Thomas is in a cupola atop our old City Hall, and the temperatures are a bit more moderate owing to the convection of warmed air from the building beneath it.
     

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