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by Unit of Civil Defense
Sun Feb 04, 2024 2:30 pm
Forum: Mystery Sirens
Topic: What happens to old sirens if they don’t go to West Shore Services
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: What happens to old sirens if they don’t go to West Shore Services

Blue Valley Public Safety (here in the Mid West) might take them, Purple Wave auctions, private auctions, sold for scrap, given away, sold to private parties, rehabbed for use by other cities........
by Unit of Civil Defense
Wed Jan 03, 2024 4:06 am
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence
Replies: 15
Views: 48870

Re: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence

The oldest installed unit is T75, which is currently in service in Wichita, Kansas. Whichta's Thunderbolts are still in service :o ??? I thought that Sedgwick Co. (Wichita) got a new system 10 -15 years ago. I was just there today (North side of town). Where is T75 located ....I get down to Wichita...
by Unit of Civil Defense
Tue Dec 12, 2023 4:47 am
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence
Replies: 15
Views: 48870

Re: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence

...No apologies needed... I can recall my late Father ,at one time, telling about the warning system at Forbes. He was stationed there in the late 50's - early 60's. He spoke of the sirens, but didn't elaborate on what he remembered them looking like. This conversation took place many years ago, pre...
by Unit of Civil Defense
Mon Dec 11, 2023 12:49 am
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence
Replies: 15
Views: 48870

Re: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence

....I never implied that they where the oldest....at least I provide actual dates. Topeka and Shawnee county have a storied history in regards to the Thunderbolts as well as the other sirens that where active thru out the city and county thru out the last 65- 70 years. Topeka was home to Forbes Air ...
by Unit of Civil Defense
Sun Dec 10, 2023 6:29 pm
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence
Replies: 15
Views: 48870

Re: Oldest Thunderbolt sirens in existence

...Presently,there is one one here in Topeka that went in service early 1967 and 1 more that predates that one 5 to 10 years atop the old Southwestern Bell bldg..
by Unit of Civil Defense
Sun Nov 19, 2023 9:07 pm
Forum: Other Warning Systems - Indoor, Outdoor and Vehicular
Topic: '70's movie & T.V siren mystery solved (for me at least)
Replies: 0
Views: 34270

'70's movie & T.V siren mystery solved (for me at least)

For the longest time , I have been trying to figure out who made the vehicle siren that was used pretty much exclusively in movies and television in the 1970's. The sound was a very distinct wail and yelp combined together. The Federal Signal PA 300 Interceptor, which I own, has both wail and yelp b...
by Unit of Civil Defense
Fri Nov 17, 2023 2:02 am
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: Miscellaneous Siren Photos Thread
Replies: 377
Views: 514694

Re: Miscellaneous Siren Photos Thread

Darley Champion wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2023 12:25 am
Looks like a B&M siren of some sorts, it seems to me that the original motor burned out and as such they either took a rotor off and slapped a pully there to keep the siren working.
....I dunno, that top picture looks a bit squirrely if you ask me.
by Unit of Civil Defense
Tue Nov 07, 2023 4:15 am
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: New siren install for Fairview, Kansas
Replies: 0
Views: 13708

New siren install for Fairview, Kansas

Blue Valley is installing a new siren along the East side of 75 Hwy. between the Sac and Fox Casino to the South and the Sac and Fox Truck Stop to the North just South of the access road to both the casino and truck stop. https://images15.fotki.com/v1685/photos/0/3714830/13988633/KIMG0252-vi.jpg Thi...
by Unit of Civil Defense
Sat Sep 02, 2023 5:31 pm
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: Chrysler in New Zealand
Replies: 13
Views: 10560

Re: Chrysler in New Zealand

I wonder how much horsepower and torque the siren can handle... I would imagine quite a bit of both horsepower and torque in seeing the way that the siren ,sans engine, was constructed back in the day. Keep in mind that those original Chrysler 331 C.I.D power plants where highly sought after by the...
by Unit of Civil Defense
Sun Jul 23, 2023 5:02 pm
Forum: Main Outdoor Warning Sirens Board
Topic: Chrysler in New Zealand
Replies: 13
Views: 10560

Re: Chrysler in New Zealand

I would imagine that when the siren found its new home, it was Chrysler-less. The original 331 Hemi that powered the siren was also quite popular with the drag racers, so as a siren became decommissioned and put out of service, the 331's could be had for pennies on the dollar...or as I imagine "...

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