PDP-8/e rack questions

Pete Turnbull pete at dunnington.plus.com
Tue Jan 6 08:58:10 CST 2009

On 06/01/2009 11:50, Paul Koning wrote:
> Those sure look like what we had on PDP-11 systems, too.  At least for
> most things: the CPU and peripheral logic boxes.
> The rails Pontus shows do look familiar, though.  My first guess is that
> they might come from later products, perhaps from boxes that are pulled
> out all the time rather than only for maintenance -- the RL01/02 drive,
> for example.

They're not off RL01/2 drives -- they're too fat.  They don't look like 
anything I've seen on any DEC equipment; they look more like generic x86 
server rack slides.

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org [mailto:cctalk-
>> bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Dave McGuire
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:35 AM
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>> Subject: Re: PDP-8/e rack questions
>> On Jan 5, 2009, at 4:27 PM, Pontus wrote:
>>> I recently acquired a PDP-8/e with a TU56 and a PC04(I think) with
>>> reader only. I've also gotten a DEC rack, but only one set of rails
>>> which I think are wrong and incomplete to boot. I've done some
>>> searching
>>> on bitsavers, but I've only found partial depictions of the actual
>>> rails.
>>> So, what I'm wondering is what does the rails for a PDP-8/e look
>> like?
>>> These are the ones I got (same rails, different angles):
>>> http://www.update.uu.se/~pontus/slask/pdp8/rails_1.jpg
>>> http://www.update.uu.se/~pontus/slask/pdp8/rails_2.jpg
>>    Those are definitely not PDP-8/e rack slides.  I pulled mine out a
>> bit and took some pics:
>>    http://www.neurotica.com/misc/pdp8e-rack-slides-1.jpg
>>    http://www.neurotica.com/misc/pdp8e-rack-slides-2.jpg
>>    Every rack-mounted PDP-8/e I've seen has had slides like this.
>> These slides were made by ChassisTrak.

All of mine look like that too.


Pete						Peter Turnbull
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						University of York

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