Free stuff in Somerset, England

Joshua Rice rice43 at
Tue Jun 28 02:38:51 CDT 2022

Times like this make me wish i could drive... I'm not even that far 
away, just down from Bournemouth.
I'd be very interested in the 11/10 and the VT100 though, if only i 
could figure out a way to collect them.
Good luck to all anyway. And if anyone is going past Bournemouth on the 
way here, give me a shout :)

------ Original Message ------
From: "Philip Belben via cctalk" <cctalk at>
To: cctech at; declutter at
Sent: Monday, 27 Jun, 2022 At 19:06
Subject: Free stuff in Somerset, England
Dear all,
The cost of living crisis means that I can no longer afford to rent the 
space to store all my collection.  I have therefore decided to give some 
stuff away to anyone who will come and collect it.
Some stuff is in a storage container in Wells; the rest is in my 
basement between Shepton Mallet and Radstock.  (I will give you the 
actual address and instructions to find the place when we've agreed an 
appointment for you to visit.)  As noted above, these addresses are in 
Somerset, England.
The following stuff is definitely available.  Visitors will also be 
welcome to look around my basement and ask for stuff.  I don't guarantee 
to let it go, but I want to (a) empty the storage container and (b) make 
enough space in the basement that I can get at anything I want to work 
on, and work on it.
DEC PDP11 stuff:
A complete 11/10 system - processor box (in a 3U rack mount box - this 
is, I am told, unusual, but it is original), one expansion box, RKO5. 
All mounted in a later (1980s era) half height rack.  (I gave the 
original full-height rack to Toby)
An 11/34 processor box.  Don't know whether I have all the innards.  (No 
idea where it came from!)
The remains of my 11/44 system.  I bought the complete system - 
processor, expansion box, two RL02 drives, RX02 drive, RA80.  I started 
buying stuff to add to it - tape drive, a couple of CDC multi-platter 
hard drives.  I then sold a basic system - processor, one RL02 drive, 
RX02 drive, all in one rack - but have all the rest (except the RA80, 
which I gave to Tony Duell).  So there's a lot of stuff, but probably 
not all the boards (no RL11, for example).  But if anyone wants to build 
an 11/34 system from the bits, they're welcome to try!
A number of DEC hex-height boards and other Unibus stuff.  Probably some 
spare boards for the 11/10.  And a couple of racks from the 11/44 
Other stuff:
A DEC VT100 with no keyboard
a motherboard from an Alphastation (Rod Smallwood has first call on this 
- it was supposed to be in one of the alphastations I gave him years 
A Teletype 43
A Perq 2T2 in bits.  It has no working monitor, but I think I can find 
all the other bots.
A Silicon Graphics Personal Iris, also with no monitor, but I have found 
its keyboard and mouse, and some additional boards that may belong to 
an IBM "portable" PC, i.e. an XT with built-in monitor in a luggable 
Lots of DEC manuals - I've not sorted this box.
A Calcomp 1039 plotter.
Five HP Series 80 machines (85, 86, 87) and a box of manuals and 
accessories.  (You are not allowed to take any accessories unless you 
take at least one system unit!)
The other stuff in my basement was mostly acquired from car boot sales 
and clearouts at work in the 1990s and early 2000s, so there's a lot of 
1980s micros there.  I have several Commodore PETs of various flavours; 
I'm probably going to keep my first ever 2001, and an 8296, but most of 
the stuff in between can go.
Please let me know if you are interested, and I can post photos and/or 
more detailed descriptions.  If I don't get any interest, the CDC drives 
and probably the Calcomp plotter, will have to go to the tip.
Everything is offered as seen.  Most of it doesn't work.  You have been 
Finally, I have set up an e-mail address for you to reply to if you are 
interested: declutter at  I hope to spot replies to the list 
too, but it will help if you copy them to that address as well.
Many thanks,

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