Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Amtrak board signals times are a-changing, Solari board being retired?

Here's an article in the Baltimore Sun about the new LCD departure/arrival boards seems Amtrak is installing in Baltimore Penn Station. Amtrak says they need to replace the traditional analog flap display boards (Solari boards) with LCD panels to comply with ADA requirements.  I wonder if the board at 30th Street Station will be replaced? I hope not. I love that board at 30th Street, it looks cool and it is totally appropriate for the architecture of that station. And the sound that board makes is great too, you could tell when to check out departure changes when you heard that flip-flip-flip noise, until you heard that noise you could just drift off. With LCD panels changes will be totally silent, you'll have to constantly poll the board to see what's going on, just like if you're at the airport, lame.


  • Sad news.

    At the very least, they should have speakers that played a recording of the Solari board noise when the times were updated. That cue is timeless.

    By Blogger Ran Barton, at 2:24 PM, March 19, 2010  

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