Below are some
photos from the inside of the tower showing the giant 16 foot diameter central water tank
(which was used as a fire suppression system). Notice how the motion works were linked in
such a sway as to straddle around the the 16 foot diameter tank. The only protection from
dirt for the motion works and bevel corner wheels were crude wood box covers (photo 2).
Photo 4 shows the drive mechanism which was connected to the clock one floor below. Each
branch goes to a dial. From those first dials the drive tubes connect to corner bevels
(photo 5) and from there terminating to the second pair of dials. This is more involved
than a standard installation; consuming more power and being more prone to failure. Photos
6 and 7 shows the difficult and dangerous access way (that's my leg on the ladder rung in
photo 6). Photo 7 shows multiple ladders to the top of the tower. The last photo shows a
sample of the recovered motion works, the tape measure shows one foot, the approximate
thickness of the tower wall.
As one can see, the recovery of a large tower clock mechanism is difficult and
dangerous work. The total weight of the clock is about 750 lb.