RCA TK-28 Telecine Island

I have been in television since 1977. I was responsible for the maintenance and operation of the telecine island at the television station where I used to work. The station, in the late 1970s, was still airing a good part of the day on film. A good percentage of commercials, and shows such as Kojak, Gomer Pyle, Rockford Files, and the late-night weekend movies all aired on the RCA machines. I was given the responsibility of keeping them up, because I was a film collector and loved 16mm at home, and I had the patience it took to align the optics and the camera electronics. I enjoyed running the late movies. I parked a chair by the film island and kept it loaded while the on-air swicher ran the breaks and remotely-controlled the system. After a long week of heavy maintenance, I welcomed my "movie nights". When I heard the telecine system was to be decommissioned, I asked what was to be done with the equipment. I knew the untimely demise the TR-70s went through, and I did not want these machines do endure the same fate. They gave me one week to get it out of the building. In less than 5 minutes I had a moving company contracted to move it to my house. The system sat in my garage until I built an additional room onto my home to house the system. When the day came to move it into the new room, I called the same movers, and with dollies, they carefully moved it into place. I then spent the next month aligning, painting, and renovating the system. I took a side panel to my local Home Depot, and they matched the RCA "industrial broadcast blue" color perfectly.

I use it to transfer film to tape and DVD for my present employer, as well as a local video editing company. This is a complete working telecine island, with two TP-66 projectors, TP-55 multiplexer, TP-7 slide drum, and TK-28 camera. It made me feel good to give this equipment a comfortable, working second life. There is nothing quite like the sound of a TP-66 running film. A lot of programming I watched in my teen years came through this equipment. I am happy to have saved it. Many people who look at it have never seen a device like this. Also, as far as I know, it's the only RCA island "on my street". With everything going digital, these machines, and to a less extent, complete installations, are getting rarer. It has a good home now.
Bill Tomlinson
Jacksonville, FL
(front view)
(rear view)
TK-28 Camera
Internal View
Camera Head
Top Electronics
Bottom Electronics
TP-55 Multiplexer
TP-66 Projectors
Front View
Rear View
Film Reels
Film Gate
TP-7 Slide Projector