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#153329 - 11/14/06 07:28 PM Old Controls and Switchboards  
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From Albert LaFrance

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I just found a fantastic one illustrated in a British book titled
"General Electrical Engineering",
from the 1940s. It shows the control panel for the electric propulsion system of an ocean liner.

I've attached the scanned image; this has to be one of the coolest control panels ever!



[Linked Image]


(here's a pic I found of the ship, January 1931)

[Linked Image]


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#153330 - 11/15/06 08:45 AM Re: Old Controls and Switchboards  
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Looks like one of the sets from the black and white movie "Metropolis".......


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#153331 - 11/15/06 09:48 AM Re: Old Controls and Switchboards  
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If I ever build a time machine, I'd have to make it look like the first pic for sure. How cool is that?!


#153332 - 11/15/06 07:01 PM Re: Old Controls and Switchboards  
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Wow! Looks like something right out of the 1930s Flash Gordon serials!


#153333 - 02/22/07 08:04 PM Re: Old Controls and Switchboards  
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Here's another fantastic control panel, a 1930's beauty from one of the world's great powerhouses (they don't call 'em that anymore, do they?): London's Battersea Power Station.

The BBC's Battersea web site has a panoramic view of of the control room: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/uk/05/battersea_redevelopment/html/controlroom.s tm

Note the elaborate ceiling, and the clusters of giant meters near the windows toward the back.

There are more pictures of the plant here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/uk/2005/battersea_power_station/default.stm

Albert



[This message has been edited by Albert (edited 02-22-2007).]


#163806 - 05/17/07 07:26 PM Re: Old Controls and Switchboards [Re: Albert]  
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Looks like someone's been watching too much "Star Trek":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Leitstand_2.jpg


#163830 - 05/18/07 09:28 AM Re: Old Controls and Switchboards [Re: Albert]  
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Battersea power station was a well-known London landmark for decades. You can find a few more photos here:

http://www.batterseapowerstation.org.uk/

For those not familiar with London, here's a map you can locate it with and zoom in/out:

Multimap - Battersea




#174910 - 02/16/08 09:56 PM Re: Old Controls and Switchboards [Re: Albert]  
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Here's another control room showing a definite "Star Trek" influence:
http://www.usec.com/v2001_02/HTML/Facilities_PaducahTour05.asp



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