[vcf-midatlantic] PDP-8E rails?

Jameel Akari jakari at bithose.com
Wed Jun 21 17:05:33 EDT 2017

On Wed, 21 Jun 2017, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic wrote:

> On 06/21/2017 02:36 PM, W2HX via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> I have a PDP-8/e and I would like to mount it in a rack as a sliding unit. Here is a photo of what I have mounted on the side of the PDP-8E to help figure out what I need.  Does anyone have what I would need to mount this in a rack? For sale?
>> http://w2hx.com/x/PDP/PDP-8E/2.jpg

My PDP 11/05 has the same ones I think.  And yeah I've seen very similar 
on many other similarly aged equipment.  Can you measure their height and 
their offset (by which I mean the gap between the chassis and the 
turned-outward top and bottom edges of the rail)?

I *might* have spares that I'd be happy to part with.

Failing that I wonder if some other more modern rails (multi-track ball 
bearing) line up with the chassis.

>  They are fairly standard rack slides.  I don't remember offhand who
> manufactured them, but lots of companies used them.  The same ones were
> used for RX01/RX02 floppy drives.  They do show up on eBay fairly
> frequently, but don't bother searching for them as anything PDP-8, DEC,
> or even computer-related, as they were (and are) used all over many
> industries.
>               -Dave

Jameel Akari

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