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(The Verge)   Do you want to go all 'Homer Simpson' and have your own nuclear reactor control panel? Here's a decommissioned one that's up for sale   (theverge.com) divider line
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2020-05-29 10:08:51 AM  
Are those things worth anything at all?

Most of those cabinets are so beat up and dirty by the time they are replaced I hardly want to touch them.
 
2020-05-29 10:10:31 AM  
Be fun to turn them into some sort of arcade consoles, although rather expensive.
 
2020-05-29 10:33:43 AM  
Just make sure you know which one is the Moe button.
 
2020-05-29 10:33:45 AM  
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2020-05-29 10:33:48 AM  
£100 starting bid?

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2020-05-29 10:34:39 AM  
It wouldn't be that hard to fabricate the cabinets out of quality plywood. The actual controls, that's a little trickier.
 
2020-05-29 10:35:33 AM  
Perfect for your super low budget sci-fi movie project.
 
2020-05-29 10:36:11 AM  
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2020-05-29 10:39:32 AM  
I was hoping for a RPCP.
 
2020-05-29 10:39:49 AM  
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2020-05-29 10:40:07 AM  
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I don't see the lever you're not supposed to lean on
 
2020-05-29 10:44:15 AM  
Is like firing blanks from a pistol.  Just not the same as having a fully commission panel that lets vent poisonous gas and kill off Paul Newman's corn.

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2020-05-29 10:46:36 AM  
Someone answer the ringing courtesy phone!

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2020-05-29 10:48:33 AM  
I wonder what the operating systems on those things are.
 
2020-05-29 10:52:45 AM  

mortimer_ford: I wonder what the operating systems on those things are.


GM-NAA I/O
 
2020-05-29 10:53:29 AM  
You could find something similar from almost any decommissioned power plant, treatment plant, or other industrial processing facility of that era. They didn't stamp "nuclear" in the sheet metal or provide radiation-shielded CRTs to make them special.

/Make sure it comes with a certificate of authenticity.
 
2020-05-29 10:55:16 AM  
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2020-05-29 10:57:23 AM  
FTFA:

The best part is that bids are currently hovering around 100 British pounds, which is exceedingly reasonable for an item used inside a nuclear reactor. (I mean, think of how many taxpayer dollars were spent on the thing in the first place.)

So the writer of this article doesn't understand the difference between a nuclear reactor and nuclear power plant.

Are there no editors and fact checkers at The Verge?
 
2020-05-29 10:59:31 AM  

mortimer_ford: I wonder what the operating systems on those things are.


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2020-05-29 11:06:02 AM  
Csb , at least I think so.

My ex brother-in-law was nuclear engineer. His company got the contract to train the operators at a nuclear facility on the East Coast. Not being more specific.

He wasn't my brother-in-law at the time. He was my girlfriend's older brother who had influence and power and I was seeking approval.

So his contract for training included creating an identical control station to the real one. But rather than actually have the nuclear reactor there he had computers that simulated it but spun the dials appropriately, or so he hoped. This was around 1982. Computers sucked. That guy impressed me.

He invited me into his secure facility. Yes they had armed guards everywhere. And then showed me the control panel and said would you like to see a meltdown? Of course I said yes. He spun a couple dials, he told me that he just did something with the coolant or the reactor rods, and then I watched all the various dials go up as everything went red he said okay now if we didn't press this button at this point we'd be dead in a few minutes. Of course it's all the simulation, nothing real.

It was real enough to me. My nephew bought a house in the shadow of that nuclear plant.

My girlfriend at the time said I must be really special because he's never shown anyone his toys before. I found out he was just really good at manipulating me.

/Csb
 
2020-05-29 11:19:58 AM  

Riche: Perfect for your super low budget sci-fi movie project.


On a visit several years ago to the Retro-Computing Society of Rhode Island I saw a couple of shrink-wrapped pallets of chartreuse toggle-switch gear waiting to be shipped off to someone doing just that. Something involving a "Seventies NASA facility" if I recall correctly.
 
2020-05-29 11:20:02 AM  
Sounds useful, since I need something to control when my rod goes up or down as it's been in autonomous control mode for most of my life.
 
2020-05-29 11:26:55 AM  

Cdr.Murdock: It would be cool to have if it wasn't for all the odd British writing on it.


You can see the runes in that picture? Good eyes.
 
2020-05-29 11:29:12 AM  
It would look good in that nerd house in Zillow listing from last week.
 
2020-05-29 11:30:26 AM  

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Interesting that the right button is Moe.
 
2020-05-29 11:50:46 AM  

oldcub: You could find something similar from almost any decommissioned power plant, treatment plant, or other industrial processing facility of that era. They didn't stamp "nuclear" in the sheet metal or provide radiation-shielded CRTs to make them special.

/Make sure it comes with a certificate of authenticity.


Other consoles would be similar, grey/beige desks with lights and buttons and monitors, but there are a lot of specialized controls. The 4th console unit with four monitors and 12 joysticks is labeled "GTA Reinforcement Camera Control Desk", presumably for manipulating guide tube assemblies for fuel elements. The blog post cited in this article has several detailed pictures of the equipment.
 
2020-05-29 11:57:24 AM  
Is it from Diablo Canyon 1 or 2?
 
2020-05-29 12:16:26 PM  

Hoax_Device: Is it from Diablo Canyon 1 or 2?


Heaven-challenged grace-deficient angel depression, please.
 
2020-05-29 12:26:07 PM  
Looks to be the CCTV security console.

I remember coming across a big, industrial process control console in my urban exploration days. Never really figured out how it worked. Took the back off one section. Filled with huge cards, no real idea which did what, or which was the cpu.  Looked totally alien to anything I had seen. Got photos on my desktop computer if anyone wants a few pics.
 
2020-05-29 12:28:22 PM  
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2020-05-29 12:30:13 PM  
Maybe a few of these laying around!
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2020-05-29 12:56:33 PM  
I could see using it to decorate a room with a fallout theme
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2020-05-29 1:11:55 PM  
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2020-05-29 1:30:10 PM  

thornhill: FTFA:

The best part is that bids are currently hovering around 100 British pounds, which is exceedingly reasonable for an item used inside a nuclear reactor. (I mean, think of how many taxpayer dollars were spent on the thing in the first place.)

So the writer of this article doesn't understand the difference between a nuclear reactor and nuclear power plant.

Are there no editors and fact checkers at The Verge?


What do you expect, the media and the public commonly confuses the reactor and the containment building.

/I'm not sure I'd ever bid on such a thing, but I'm always tempted by nuclear swag
 
2020-05-29 2:21:22 PM  

Random Celebrity Insult Generator: I could see using it to decorate a room with a fallout theme
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The worst part of that picture is the uneven floormats.
 
2020-05-30 3:22:05 PM  

digidorm: Random Celebrity Insult Generator: I could see using it to decorate a room with a fallout theme
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The worst part of that picture is the uneven floormats.


Space is warped.
 
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