Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby Arborway » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:00 am

Veristek wrote:Whoa, what's this about a 42 story building on South Station? I haven't heard anything about this. What will the building be for, when will it be built, what's its design, and so on?


Feel free to drop by the 45 page thread underway at the ArchBoston forums. :)
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:31 pm

I heard the announcements and the sounds for the first time today at South Station, and I must say I dislike them. They should have kept the old announcers and the new ticking sound, I laughed when I heard it. It sounds terrible
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby diburning » Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:10 pm

MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:I heard the announcements and the sounds for the first time today at South Station, and I must say I dislike them. They should have kept the old announcers and the new ticking sound, I laughed when I heard it. It sounds terrible


During normal service, they use the automatic announcement, but during rush hours, the announcements are still being done by a person to prevent confusion because the automatic announcement is almost unintelligible.
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:38 am

diburning wrote:
MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:I heard the announcements and the sounds for the first time today at South Station, and I must say I dislike them. They should have kept the old announcers and the new ticking sound, I laughed when I heard it. It sounds terrible


During normal service, they use the automatic announcement, but during rush hours, the announcements are still being done by a person to prevent confusion because the automatic announcement is almost unintelligible.



Oh, ok, thats better. Also, at South Station, they kept saying over the speakers for passengers to stop looking at the old Solari boards, and to look at the digital one
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby acela 2036 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:39 pm

They have them all over the place at South Station, even by the Mcdonalds
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby shadyjay » Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:32 pm

At least you know, even when at McDonald's, that you're in a fully functional and busy train station.

Did they replace the small solari boards that used to be above the automatic doors leading from the concourse/waiting room/station outside to the platforms? Or do you just have the large new ones outside next to each track?
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby jamesinclair » Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:35 am

shadyjay wrote:At least you know, even when at McDonald's, that you're in a fully functional and busy train station.

Did they replace the small solari boards that used to be above the automatic doors leading from the concourse/waiting room/station outside to the platforms? Or do you just have the large new ones outside next to each track?


This is what the station looks like

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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby Veristek » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:42 am

acela 2036 wrote:They have them all over the place at South Station, even by the Mcdonalds
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That kinda looks like an old fashioned TV screen in that photo when you look at it at that angle. As far as I know, the LED displays I've seen at South Station are orange text, not white or green.
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby shadyjay » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:22 am

jamesinclair wrote:
shadyjay wrote:At least you know, even when at McDonald's, that you're in a fully functional and busy train station.

Did they replace the small solari boards that used to be above the automatic doors leading from the concourse/waiting room/station outside to the platforms? Or do you just have the large new ones outside next to each track?


This is what the station looks like

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So it appears that the small solari boards over the automatic doors are still there.

BTW, all those IPOD advertisements are quite gaudy.
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby MBTA3247 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:50 pm

Veristek wrote:That kinda looks like an old fashioned TV screen in that photo when you look at it at that angle. As far as I know, the LED displays I've seen at South Station are orange text, not white or green.

That is a TV screen. :wink: Plasma screen, to be specific.
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby Veristek » Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:28 am

MBTA3247 wrote:
Veristek wrote:That kinda looks like an old fashioned TV screen in that photo when you look at it at that angle. As far as I know, the LED displays I've seen at South Station are orange text, not white or green.

That is a TV screen. :wink: Plasma screen, to be specific.


Aren't those the ones that can crap out easily?
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby MBTA3247 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:24 pm

Veristek wrote:
MBTA3247 wrote:
Veristek wrote:That kinda looks like an old fashioned TV screen in that photo when you look at it at that angle. As far as I know, the LED displays I've seen at South Station are orange text, not white or green.

That is a TV screen. :wink: Plasma screen, to be specific.


Aren't those the ones that can crap out easily?

Yep. I guess they like the burned-in look. :P
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby diburning » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:22 pm

MBTA3247 wrote:
Veristek wrote:
MBTA3247 wrote:That is a TV screen. :wink: Plasma screen, to be specific.


Aren't those the ones that can crap out easily?

Yep. I guess they like the burned-in look. :P


It will have "On Time" burned in so that when a train is actually late, it will look reall weird saying 2 things at once... Or maybe not. Maybe amtrak is late so much that the right side of the screen actually changes.
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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby banshee » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:43 am

Looks like a warranty claim should be in order all ready. As seen on the Track 12 board:

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Re: Solari board replacement at South Station and Back Bay

Postby Veristek » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:33 pm

Broken already? Wow.
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