This page contains a photograph which is one of several belonging to the photo gallery pages which are part of several pages relating to the invention of the world's first automatic totalizator in 1913 and Automatic Totalisators, the company founded to develop, manufacture and export these systems.
A Julius Tote Raceday Control Console - Electromechanical Computing
This is a Julius Tote, Raceday Control Console at Harold Park in 1958. The Tote Control Console was used to set and display variables such as race number, field size, scratchings and the number of place dividends. It also provides operational coordination between the machine room staff and the operations control staff. It also controlled the start and stop of selling operations. When the large knob in the middle of the Tote Control Console control panel was rotated clockwise the race number was incremented. This caused a barrel with the race number type to be rotated to the next number in every TIM. All the TIMs (Ticket Issuing Machines) clanked in unison as this selection was made. The scratching switches introduced an open circuit in the escapement coil circuits in the adder corresponding to the scratched runner. The white parts of the upper section are lamp boxes and bulbs illuminate the appropriate information when it is in operation. These devices were replaced by a computer application in the digital minicomputers that replaced these system. This application was named, you guessed it, the RDC for Raceday Control Console. When the PDP11 system was replaced by a VAX based system this application ended up called the TCC or Tote Control Console.
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