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The Clacks Came Back

Postby =Tamar » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:28 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22909590

16 June 2013 Last updated at 19:50 ET
How Napoleon's semaphore telegraph changed the world
By Hugh Schofield BBC News, Modane, France

Summary:
"Enthusiasts worked out the probable location by consulting maps in the archives in Paris. In 2002 they found the remains of the post in woods above the village of Sardieres. Now they have just rebuilt an exact replica, using original designs drawn up by an inspector on the line.

Visitors who make it up the brisk climb find a two-room cabin of wood and stone. The second room contains a system of wheels and pulleys, controlling the signal system which is set on a mast above the roof. A panaromic view looks south-east across the valley to more snow-capped mountains. Beyond is Italy."
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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby raptornx01 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:43 am

Fascinating read. thanks. :)
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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby hnorwood » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:44 pm

The British Admiralty also had a semaphore system here in Blighty about the same time. It used a different system. Search for Murray)
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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:52 pm

Indeed they did! There's mention of the British one and a French one (that gets destroyed) in some of the early (chronically speaking) Hornblower books by C.S. Forester. :)
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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby RSoak » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:22 am

Hang on...I got this.

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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby =Tamar » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:03 am

[Applause]
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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby Catch-up » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:56 am

It was awesome. :D

Great article Tamar!
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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby Quatermass » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:44 am

I remember reading about the French 'clacks' when I first read The Count of Monte Cristo, when Edmond Dantes bribes a clacks operator to do something or other that causes Danglars to end up investing badly.
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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby hnorwood » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:06 am

I am working on a model mechanical semaphore tower for my layout. here is a work-in-progress photo of the tower in mock-up. I'll post a link to a video of the arms working in the youtube thread

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Re: The Clacks Came Back

Postby TinatheConfused » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:03 am

Reading "Raising Steam" slowly so as to savor it. I am so happy that the goblins have taken to technology. :romance-heartbeating: :romance-heartbeating: :romance-heartbeating:
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