Very interested, I worked on a similar system at the Didcot coal fired power station that
has now been flattened when I worked at DEC.
Is the PDP part of the bundle as well if so very interested.
I am in the UK.
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On 23 Mar 2020, at 19:34, philmac750 via cctech
<cctech at classiccmp.org> wrote:
?Hello all, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy in current times. Forgive the
cold email, I got your email addresses as collectors of DEC computer history. The reason
for email is that I am clearing out some of my stuff as we are thinking of moving house, I
live in Wakefield. In February 2019 I salvaged a PDP11 which was used in a simulator for a
coal fired power station steam turbine unit at DRAX Power Station, where I was working as
a contractor up until Dec 2019.In the same building I was also allowed to take a DecWriter
II, some manuals and a couple of VT320s with some other smaller hand held kit. I have
supporting documentation from the power station to state that these items are now mine.
They were all in working order as the simulator was last powered up in Nov 2019. I am not
in a position to power up the PDP 11 at home, but have plugged in the VT320s and the DEC
Writer and they all work. The dec Writer has 1 sticky key, and has the original
product/shipping notice stuck inside the unit dated 1977 !! I even bought some new ink and
ribbons, as my intention was to get these and the PDP11 setup and working in my office. I
used the Dec Writer in school, many many years ago, my first introduction to computers,
paper tape and punched cards, a foam modem through to the college from my secondary school
! (Fortran IV) I simply could not let these items go to scrap, which is where they were
heading, so I approached the manager of the building at Drax and agreed to remove these
items from site at zero cost to Drax. The entire simulator, all it?s hand built boards
and electronics were simply heading for the skip as they were demolishing the entire
training centre in favour of new Gas turbine plant. I am wondering if you know any
forums or contacts that might be interested in purchasing these items, I am not asking
silly money as these need to go to a collector and preserved, the issue will be shipping
or I might even transport them myself, as they are extremely heavy items. If not, I will
google a little more and failing that, contact a UK museum to see if they would be
interested in these historic pieces. Thank you for reading. PhilSent from my Samsung