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Re: More AT&T Monrovia info

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  • ozob99
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    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 30, 2002
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      --- In coldwarcomms@y..., "Albert LaFrance" <albertjlafrance@c...>
      wrote:
      > More interesting facts about Monrovia:
      >
      > The facility's original emergency power source was five Diesel
      > engine-alternator sets, two on one level of the old building and
      three on
      > the other. The station never had turbines; it was built before
      turbines
      > came into use in the Bell System. Today, the emergency power plant
      is two
      > Detroit Diesel sets with remote radiators mounted outdoors.
      >
      > At one time, Monrovia was home to about 125 technicans, ten
      supervisors, and
      > two second-level managers. Now, the normal staffing is two
      technicians,
      > with coverage for only one shift.
      >
      > The entrance stairway and the freight hoist well are separate
      shafts. This
      > is in contrast to newer hardened facilities like Clarksville, NY,
      where the
      > stairs and the hoist well share the same shaft. The hoist is a 5-
      ton unit,
      > on a track with a 90-degree curve to allow a load to be picked up
      from the
      > loading dock and positioned over the shaft. The technician said
      that he and
      > his colleagues used to spend many hours moving material in the
      manner, and
      > that the big new freight elevator has been a tremendous time-
      saver. The
      > freight elevator is a separate shaft, located on the west side of
      the old
      > (east) underground building.
      >
      > On the large lawn at the east side of the property, there used to
      be a
      > landing zone with a wind sock for cable-patrol helicopters.
      >
      > The technician noted that the mezzanine level of the new building
      was
      > designated as a telephone company emergency relocation site, but
      Monrovia
      > never housed a government ERS.
      >
      > In place of the traditional colored alarm lights, overhead message-
      display
      > boards are mounted at various locations throughout the new
      building, with
      > scrolling text messages indicating troubles in the 4ESS and fiber-
      optic
      > equipment. But in the ESS control room, there's a modern version
      of the
      > colored-light alarm indicator array, in a wall-mounted box. The
      equipment
      > is monitored from the Rockdale, GA facility maintenance center,
      which
      > creates repair tickets for items needing work by Monrovia's staff.
      >
      > There is no longer any link from Monrovia to the FEMA Federal
      Support
      > Center. The cable, which was copper pairs rather than coax, is out
      of
      > service but AT&T still owns the right of way.
      >
      > The coax route from Dranesville, VA to Faulkner, MD originally
      terminated at
      > Monrovia. When Dranesville was built (placed in service in 1969, I
      think),
      > the cable was re-terminated there.
      >
      > Albert



      The C1 alarm center there included the Northern VA stations
      originally controlled by the C1 alarm at Berryville 2/Wash 4.
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