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The Lost Sirens of Tucson!

July 2nd, 2009, 8:02 pm

Today I have started hunting for the remaining sirens in the Tucson metro area. I didn't know where to start, so I vistited the SD10 on Grant and Wilmot.

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Note the siren's CD paint had been stripped to the primer coat, only a small spot of the original yellow remains. Probably from the intense sun and sandstorms.
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Up close.
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Control box
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I know Davis Monthan Air Force base has a few Whelen's but base security wasn't too keen on me taking photos of the base (eventhough I wasn't even on base) so the pics I did get were very crappy and not worth posting.

I am searching out the best places where a siren could still be standing (Right now I am focusing on Parks and Schools) If I happen to come across anymore I'll be sure to post them here.

If you happen to know where some others may be please let me know so I can set out to find them.

Rumor has it that there are several T-bolts still standing in the downtown area. I haven't found them yet, but if there out there I will find them!

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July 2nd, 2009, 8:56 pm

Look at the roof tops downtown.. Back in the day in most larger cities had roof mounts for sirens in the downtown areas. I'd pay the most attention to the 3 to 5 story buildings. Nice pics BTW.

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July 3rd, 2009, 12:16 pm

Look at the control box. You can see "Bell System" written on it. I think it's a phone relay.
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July 5th, 2009, 12:49 am

By looking at the siren it appears to be a 1st generation SD-10

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January 26th, 2010, 8:06 pm

Spent almost a full day hunting in the downtown district, and luckily didn't come home empty handed.

Found this one on sixth and 28th.

I have no idea what type of siren this is.

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January 26th, 2010, 8:26 pm

That would be a Darley Champion (?) Nice find, you don't see many of those. Notice the smaller thing inside the tower that the Darley is on! Looks like one of those old GE sirens or something with the conical rotor/stator.
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January 26th, 2010, 10:18 pm

Great pictures!

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January 27th, 2010, 1:43 am

That Darley probably has a 12 port Model 5 inside, but the small siren underneath is more interesting to me. It seems like a cross between that US Navy siren with the conical rotor in the famous Pearl Harbor photo and the small "paint can" sirens I find throughout Oregon, including my "John Day Fire Siren" Youtube video. Perhaps they all came from the same manufacturer.
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January 27th, 2010, 2:53 am

Daniel wrote:That Darley probably has a 12 port Model 5 inside, but the small siren underneath is more interesting to me. It seems like a cross between that US Navy siren with the conical rotor in the famous Pearl Harbor photo and the small "paint can" sirens I find throughout Oregon, including my "John Day Fire Siren" Youtube video. Perhaps they all came from the same manufacturer.


I can probably head back down there tomorrow and get some shots of the other one.

To be honest I thought it was some random piece of junk hanging off the bottom.
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April 8th, 2010, 7:59 pm

Went to the siren Grave yard today. Looks like someone picked it clean of Thunderbolts and Thunderbolt parts, I am actually pretty glad I was able to pick one up before it was too late.

There were 4 t-bolt 1000's (possibly more) and I am guessing about 10 maybe 11 SD-10's. Lumpysnake and I are the only ones I know that took a T-bolt.
Pretty much all that remains are the SD-10's, here is some pictures.


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April 8th, 2010, 8:05 pm

All that's left of the T-bolts.
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I want to go back for one of the control boxes, not this one though.
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April 8th, 2010, 8:36 pm

Great pictures, those SD-10s have a Peerless Motor on them. Should still run fine.
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May 16th, 2011, 8:43 pm

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This siren "which I am guessing this is a Federal STH-10" is located near the tower at Tucson International Airport.

It is still active and is tested every Monday morning.

I will attempt to get a video, but with security the way it is, I really don't know how close I will get to it. "Taking this photo was risky enough, hence the poor quality."
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May 17th, 2011, 2:13 am

That is indeed an STH-10. Nice find!
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May 17th, 2011, 11:48 am

I found 2 of Smyrna, GA's STH-10s yesterday next to Vortexes :D
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