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Re: So Long Solari

Postby Arborwayfan » Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:37 pm

To add to mutandrew's list, display boards are used because every day tourists and business travelers come into South Station or 30th St or wherever for the first and maybe only time, and don't want to download an app just to find the next train to Needham Heights. Maybe these visitors discover they forgot to arrange for data service in the place they have just arrived in, or that their expected service doesn't work. Maybe they can read the display sign, but don't understand the local language well enough to find their way through the relevant app. And people hurrying through the station don't necessarily want to pull out their phones and enter their pins and navigate to the app and search in the app when they could just look up at the board. And if the cell phone networks the or the wifi go down, the board can probably still work -- hardwired connection to computer, maybe an emergency backup power supply.

For the same reason, we will continue to have street signs and traffic lights.
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby ryanov » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:24 am

The sound on the Boston board is terrible. Newark’s is all-around better.
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:49 pm

Some kind of sound should be a requirement. For people sitting reading the paper or buried in their laptops, the sound provides a useful heads-up that something on the board has just changed. If not the traditional Solari flipping sound, a not-too-obtrusive gong (electronic) might do, as long as it's not a harsh buzz.
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby STrRedWolf » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:00 pm

Backshophoss wrote:The "plan" is to send this board to RRMPA at Strasburg, so this board is being saved, and has a safe home to go to.
That should include the control computer and any spare parts on hand.
Red, why was the Baltimore Solari board stored not donated to the B&O Museum???


Actually, since I had time to double-check, it IS at the B&O Museum! I don't know if it is up on display or not.

From the Baltimore Sun in 2010:
Penn Station's old board rests in storage at the B&O Railroad Museum in West Baltimore, where chief curator David Shackelford is happy to have it and eager to put it on display.
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:01 am

Believe the B&O Museum had a roof collapse back then as well, hopefully it's still safe and undamaged.
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby Acela150 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:58 pm

Reports came out about a week ago that the board was coming down Wednesday into Thursday. But that did not happen. Still up and running. :)
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby AlexC » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:58 pm

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Re: So Long Solari

Postby chuchubob » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:57 pm

Parts were removed Thursday evening and overnight, but the boards were still flipping Friday afternoon.
camera facing east
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby liftedjeep » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:16 pm

Friday morning before work, I went through 30th St Station to catch one final glimpse of the Solari Board in action. I was surprised to see many people in the main concourse doing the same as I was! Cameras out, and cellphones raised, travelers were gathered around the information desk taking their last pictures and videos of the "iconic" board. I even saw Channel 6 there interviewing people and loading up on their final bits of footage before the board comes down.

Not to be content with just pictures, I used my camera and shot a few seconds of video of the Solari Board in action. It's trademark "flipping & clicking" heard one last time....

https://youtu.be/AUUYX4C2NYI


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Re: So Long 30th Street Station-PHL Solari Board

Postby MACTRAXX » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:49 am

Bob and BK:

Thanks for the pictures and video of the 30th Street Solari Board in its final days of operation and
of maintenance workers in the process of removing the board for shipment to Railroad Museum of
Pennsylvania in Strasburg.

6ABC did post an Action News report about the board:
https://6abc.com/travel/iconic-30th-str ... m/5106712/

There was an news story about the board at Philly.com written by Inga Saffron:
http://www.philly.com/news/amtrak-sched ... 90124.html

Both of these news stories incorrectly date this board to the early 1970s since this is the second
Solari board that 30th Street Station has had in service - this one is as noted earlier in this topic
to be around 30 or so years old with the differences between the two boards noted. The earlier
board was situated north and south - with this second board facing east and west.

The good news is that the board is going to be preserved at RM of PA and that the replacement
of this board has generated interest from many - including Representative Boyle.

In this case So Long, 30th Street Station Solari Board after more then 30 years of successful
service...MACTRAXX
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby ryanov » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:09 am

Thanks for getting some video. I intended to the last time I was there, but I was taking train 66 and missed the single change on the board that occurred while I was in the station.
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby AlexC » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:12 am

Here's your last picture of it in 30th Street Station: https://i.imgur.com/0SGydKk.jpg
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:35 pm

retracted due to link not working
Last edited by DutchRailnut on Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:51 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby andrewjw » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:53 pm

DutchRailnut wrote:http://www.*/2019/01/27/so-long-solari/?fbclid=IwAR2DbxPGmThqbi2yuBQ4Y_7usfOdFMNL0yWOb1IacElZjygWxL31hdsDjM0

Your link is missing the domain, it just says *
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Re: So Long Solari

Postby AlexC » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:28 pm

And in it's (temporary) stead: https://i.redd.it/aa7hcep72zc21.jpg
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