North Carolina Diaphones

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North Carolina Diaphones

Post by Alucepluv » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:50 am

I'm sure that diaphones in North Carolina were few and far between. To clarify on the one(s) located formerly in Oxford, it was placed there in the 1921 and removed roughly twenty years later according to the town website when a master phone system was put in. I doubt the fire department still has it. Whoever was searching would have been looking forever. :P The site doesn't say how many diaphones the fire department had.

http://www.oxfordnc.org/index.asp?SEC=E ... pe=B_BASIC

I noticed that the user database was recently updated and doesn't include the diaphone in Laurinburg. I'd expect that it is still there, although I've only been to Laurinburg once which was years ago.

Franklinton did have four air horns on their old fire station as well as a Sterling Model M siren. I'm not sure if they were diaphones. I will have to look at additional photos. They were removed around 1989 when the new fire station was built. The siren had locked up and quit working. It was placed in storage but later stolen. I don't know what became of the air horns and system as I didn't join Franklinton FD until 1996. Right now, Franklinton has a Federal Signal Model 7 siren.

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Re: North Carolina Diaphones

Post by Alucepluv » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:57 pm

Following up...they were not (Gamewell) diaphones at Franklinton. I will have to try and find out what kind of air horns, as I haven't seen them anywhere else I'm aware of so far. I'll check into it more later.

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Re: North Carolina Diaphones

Post by David » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:17 pm

The Laurinburg Diaphone is still in the database. Also I went by there last July. It was still in place. I found it and snapped a few updated pics.
http://www.gamewelldiaphone.com/gallery ... aurinburg/
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Re: North Carolina Diaphones

Post by Alucepluv » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:53 pm

Yeah, I see it now. It was just the way things were sorted.

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Post by David » Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:36 am

The new interface is better for sorting and searching. Have you seen the more recent NC additions? Concord and the Asheville/Biltmore area. I expect there were/are more in NC.
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Re: North Carolina Diaphones

Post by slant-40 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:10 am

According to the 1939 Gamewell catalog that I found on the Gamewell Fire Alarm Facebook page the following municipalities in NC had diaphones (this is as of 1939; some may have been removed and some may have subsequently been added):
Asheville
Beaufort
Biltmore
Canton
Chapel Hill
Lenoir
Lexington
Mooresville
Morehead City
Oxford
Sanford
Statesville
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Post by David » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:15 am

Wayne, does it specifically say Diaphone Installations? I have a lot of old Gamewell literature but most of it just says "systems" or something to that effect. That usually meant a number of things. They had boxes and Diaphones, they had just boxes, they had just Diaphones, they had one of their other related products or any number of those combinations.
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Re: North Carolina Diaphones

Post by slant-40 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:38 pm

The catalog had a section (Section 8 ) on the Diaphone (with the classic ad on the cover page). This list was at the end of that section.
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Re: North Carolina Diaphones

Post by David » Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:36 pm

Cool, I'd like to see that.
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Re: North Carolina Diaphones

Post by kb4mdz » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:32 am

Crossed over from a FB page of Mike Legeros, fire photog. & former FF, in Raleigh, NC.

Diaphone codes from Morehead City, NC. Unknown date of card.

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