Moss Lake, Tx
In late 2005 I was contacted by the Cooke
County Tx. Emergency Management Coordinator about the community of Moss
Lake Tx. He said that they were looking for some warning sirens and that
he had given them my name and number. It was Cooke County EM who contacted
me about the town of Valley View needing help with
their siren. After talking with the Moss Lake VFD chief I told him that
I had a couple of Thunderbolt sirens that were available. One siren was
the Thunderbolt siren I had sitting in my garage after restoring it and
the other was a Thunderbolt siren I got from the city of Gainesville earlier
in 2005. I told the Moss Lake chief that I still needed to go through and
check the Gainesville siren before it could go back into service. That siren
was in very good shape except of a smashed rotator box that was damaged
during removal but the rest of the siren was almost like new.
Here are the 2 sirens after installation. Moss Lake VFD used the standard "air pipe up the telephone pole" method when they installed the sirens. The south location has the blower that was with my restored Thunderbolt with the Horn/Rotator from Gainesville and the North location has the Horn/Rotator I restored with the Gainesville blower. There was only single phase power available at the south location so that siren takes a special startup procedure because there is a static phase converter installed at the sirens power source. The south siren has to have the blower starter first before any other of the motors can be started so it can't be run off the timer. The startup load is just too heavy for the static converter. Hopefully I can eventually track down a single phase blower so the south siren can be run correctly. The north siren location is right next to a large pump house which has 480 volt 3 phase power. An electric company in Gainesville installed a transformer at that location to drop the voltage from 480 to 240 volts and the siren runs great.
Videos Of The Thunderbolts At Moss Lake Texas
Condition Of Siren From Gainesville
Here are some photos I took when I first got the siren from Gainesville in 2005. The photo at upper left shows the siren in the pile at the city lot. I got a few other older vintage Thunderbolts and a 2t22 at the same time. See the 2t22 here. The Thunderbolt horn/rotator is a late 1970s vintage unit. The blower for the late 70's unit was badly damaged with a smashed blower motor and completely rusted air relief valve so I salvaged just the blower assy. and left the rest up at the lot. There was another earlier vintage blower that was in very good condition so that's the blower I got to use with the Moss Lake siren. The blower appeared have had some work done to it and was pretty clean. This blower had some pieces of steel angle welded to the blower frame so it sits higher than a standard Thunderbolt blower. The cover to the older vintage blower was cut up so I used the blower cover from the late 70s Thunderbolt which still has the original yellow paint and the FS Thunderbolt decals in good shape which was a plus.(Center and upper right photo.) The rotator box had been completely ruined when the siren was removed. (Lower left and center photo.) Straightening was impossible so I had a new rotator box built. (See below) The photo at lower right shows the chopper motor field and armature. The chopper motor condition was amazing being almost like new. Click Photos To See Larger
New Rotator Box
I had Garland Sheetmetal on Platinum Street in Garland Tx. build a new rotator box for the siren that came from Gainesville Tx. and turned out great. They even soldered the top tube joint.
Moss Lake Thunderbolt Blowers
Here are the two blowers for the Moss Lake sirens. The smaller blower on the left in the photo is the later version (Sutorbilt 4M) A Series Thunderbolt blower. The blower on the right is the earlier version (Sutorbilt 6M) A Series Thunderbolt blower. The difference is obvious from the photo. The blower farthest from the camera is the blower from my restored Thunderbolt siren and the blower closest to the camera came from Gainesville, Texas.
Both Sirens Almost Ready To Go