So Long Solari

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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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