Nuclear plant? Electrical station? Transportation hub? A peek inside the nerve centers that rule them all.
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The technical heart of the British Gypsum Plant, where they manufactured plaster and plasterboard, in Kirkby Thore, England, 1976.
Two Italian engineers watching a big electronic calculator placed into the control room of a textile industry. Italy, 1960s.
Technicians consult a wall of dials for readings from the transformers and feeders at the Battersea Power Station, London, 1932.
A nuclear power plant control room, undated photo.
Inside the broadcasting studios of a German radio station, 1972.
The main control room at Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station in Somerset, England, 1965. The plant was shuttered in 2000.
London's Fulham Power Station, built in the first years of the 1900s, was designed as the largest city-owned station in the United Kingdom.
Control room of the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, 1959.
A trio of workers exhibit total focus, in an undated photograph.
Control room inside the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research.
After the success of the prototype Calder Hall nuclear power station which went on line in 1956, the Atomic Energy Authority commissioned a further 9 Magnox gas cooled reactors .including Sizewell A completed in 1958. The demand for high grade plutonium ( possible from Magnox reactors) but also the attractions of a viable alternative to coal meant that nuclear power was the way ahead during the 1950s and 1960s.
The public was captured by the claim that electricity from nuclear plants would be too cheap to meter. It was not until the next millennium that a considerable proportion of national power in Britain came from nuclear sources- some 25 percent.
The dispatcher board in the control room of the Cincinnati Street Railways Company, which opened in 1859.
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