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Scott AndrewsTue Oct-21-08 10:28 AM
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#29032, "RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control"
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Ralph,

To me that indicates one of two possibilities -- either there were two set of apparatus, which would be unusual by what I have seen of other installations, or perhaps this is a more advanced version of the 1909 timer -- maybe one switch to set the duration of minutes or seconds between blasts, and a second to adjust the duration of the blast itself.

There were clearly other variations of these controls as borne out by a Google search of "Willet-Bruce." The search failed to find anything additional on this particular apparatus, but it did get a hit on a site selling old ship fittings which had for sale a Chadburn's whistle control switch with the Willett-Bruce name marked on it. This switch was simply marked "ON" and "OFF" which, to me, means that either the device in this case had only one fixed setting, or this was the momentary manual switch for sounding the whistle(s). At any rate, it does show that different configurations existed, and that until Smith Hyson acquired the sole rights to the Willett-Bruce apparatus in the early 1920's, W. J. Willett-Bruce or Downie & Co. were selling licenses to Chadburn's and probably others, in addition to selling the complete apparatus exclusively through Downie's.

Regards,
Scott Andrews
TRMA Trustee

  

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Willet Bruce steam whistle control [View all] , Ralph Currell, Fri Oct-17-08 08:17 PM
  RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Scott Andrews, Oct 17th 2008, #1
RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, SteveHall, Oct 18th 2008, #2
      RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Ralph Currell, Oct 18th 2008, #3
           RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Scott Andrews, Oct 19th 2008, #4
                RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Ralph Currell, Oct 20th 2008, #5
                     RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Scott Andrews, Oct 20th 2008, #6
                          RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Ralph Currell, Oct 21st 2008, #7
                               RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Scott Andrews, Oct 21st 2008 #8
                                    RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Paul_Lee, Oct 21st 2008, #9
                                         RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Scott Andrews, Oct 21st 2008, #10
                                              RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Ralph Currell, Jan 15th 2018, #11
                                                   RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Scott Andrews, Jan 19th 2018, #12
                                                        RE: Willet Bruce steam whistle control, Ralph Currell, Jan 21st 2018, #13

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