The ICT 1301 Resurrection Project.
*** Delivering the System 2013 ***
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"Flossie Has Arrived"
The 10th October 2013 saw the delivery of the system that left Buss Farm on the 25th February
arrive at the TNMOC store at Bilton Road, the following shows the Carry Gently Team placing the units in the new area arranged by Manager Lin Jones.
David Hartley of the CCS and Rod Brown.
Other items in the store area on the day.
The Story of the Arrival !
During the interviening months and prompted by the news coverage I have delivered many open
presentaions on the ten years work to date, mostly to interested parties.
Now all we await is to gain access to deliver the rest of the software and the
master diagram set. Until that happens here is a quote from your team leader :-
Rod Brown, engineer of Flossie for the last ten years, says: "Flossie has had an extraordinary life – or more precisely, four lives. After it was decommissioned at the University of London in about 1972, it was purchased at scrap metal prices by a group of students who ran an accounting bureau for about five years. They then advertised it in Amateur Computer Club Magazine and it was bought – again at scrap metal value. After languishing for a period in a barn in Kent, it was restored with the help of the Computer Conservation Society. Visitors could then come and see, smell, and feel the vibrations of a remarkable 1960's computer. Last year, Flossie was again at risk of being scrapped, but thanks to the National Museum of Computing the machine is safe again. The team and I are delighted with this news – especially because [the museum] has such an outstanding track record of restoring computers and maintaining them in full working order. We look forward to the day that it can go back on display."
Flossie will remain in storage against a time in the near future when, space permitting, the mainframe computer will be reassembled and set to running again.