That is the control panel from an old naval nuclear reactor. On the far right is the EPCP (electric plant control panel) where the electrical operator on watch ('EO') controls power flows and breaker positions (notice the schematic laid out with switches for breakers). In the middle section is where the reactor operator ('RO') sits. He shims the control rods up and down in the reactor core with the lever (the L shaped lever just in front of the horizontal bar) and on the left is the throttleman station (usually manned by electricians). The large wheel is used to open/close ahead steam valves to the propusion shaft, while the smaller wheel is used to open/close back steam (astern throttles). The two wheels would be used in conjunction with each other to get the shaft to stop from a forward rotation, and then go in reverse (ahead steam is removed and astern steam applied to stop the shaft). The different gauges are specific to each station, with the throttleman concerned about power to steam flow ratios, steam pressures, etc. The RO cares about primary water avg. (coolant) temp, pressures, etc. The EO is watching vital bus voltages, and charging the battery with a trickle charge.GeekPress
Update: New information on the source of the image.
The color picture [below] was taken in 2000 at the Smithsonian Institution exhibit "Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War" and depicts:A full-scale mock-up of a typical nuclear-powered submarine's maneuvering room in which the ship's engineers control the power plant and electrical and steam systems
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I guess I've been remiss on keeping up on Fark. In fact I must openly admit I have Fark egg on my face. An anonymous commenter has pointed to an article on Snopes.com that outlines the whole scoop on the "1954" fake. Needless to say I was duped and it wasn't even a good dupe, but I will say that noone gives the photo editor who affectionately calls himself "lukket" enough credit for making his spoof just bad enough to look like an scanned Popular Science article from the 50's.
Fark contest from 9.9.04: FARK.com: (1115586) Photoshop this mock-up of a submarine's maneuvering Room.
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Hey, you wouldn't have known it was a hoax if not for me. :) I may have been fooled but I corrected myself within 18 hours. The self-correcting power of the internet!
I was just poking a little fun :)
this may indeed be a control panal from an old nuclear reactor....this is very easy to understand if it is...for why would a home computer regardless of when it were thought of, or what it may have been percieved to look like?....However...the first noticable item that I notice that is different is the television mounted to the wall on the right hand side...the original picture from the Mechanics Illustrated in 1954 showed a cabinet model....RCA I am thinking whereas this picture shows a more modernized version of a television
clue #1 ...'home computer' was a thoroughly non-existent term even as far back as the early 70's...
clue # 2 - FORTRAN did not debut in 1954... rather it was a bit later... 1957 I believe...
clue # 3 - that printer was not on the scene until the early 80's...
clue # 4 - missing from the console was the clackety clakety type teletype typewriter very much the vogue as late as the early 60's.
clue # 5 - what would an elaborate steering wheel have been doing on any computer in 1954???
Of course the "steering wheel" is a valve for turning on and off the steam that the computer runs on. Anyone can see that :)
What you are looking at are real control panels from the maneuvering room of an actual nuclear submarine. The Steam Plant Control Panel is on the left, the Reactor Plant Control Panel is in the middle, and the Electric Plant Control Panel is on the right. The two concentric silver wheels are in fact the ship's throttles, and control the flow of steam to the "ahead" turbines (the outer wheel) and the "astern" throttles (the inner wheel).
The panels have been modified to conceal certain details of the ship's operating parameters and design features.
I never thought I'd see them again...
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