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L. F. LOREE 1403
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SOLARI boards
 
« on: Oct 17th, 2015, 11:07pm »
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Gentlemen:
 
Does AMTRAK (or any commuter carrier) still use these once-commonplace train announcing boards, or have they all been replaced with newer technology?
 
The first I can recall was at the main concourse at Penn Station (New York) back in the late 60's and 70's......I found it most interesting from the first.
 
Later, I well remember the one at Penn Station (Newark); I especially found it fascinating to watch if I were waiting for a train departure myself.
 
The familiar "FlickaFlickaFlickaFlickaFlickaFlicka" of the boards flickering as train information was being updated; the lights, too, added interest.
 
I also remember the versions at the former E-L terminal at Hoboken (NJT) and at the LIRR concourse at Penn Station.
 
These I do know have since been replaced (I can't say I'm none too pleased with the newer signs; the old SOLARI boards were, at least to me, more easily readable, plus, they had a lot of more "character")
 
Thanks again.....appreciate any input/info......
 
"L.F.L."


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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Re: SOLARI boards
 
« Reply #1 on: Oct 17th, 2015, 11:17pm »
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Here is an interesting article.....
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-flap_display


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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Re: SOLARI boards
 
« Reply #2 on: Oct 17th, 2015, 11:19pm »
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30th St., Philadelphia, 2006.....
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-phisch-agw.jpg
 
(courtesy: fallenflags.org)


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Re: SOLARI boards
 
« Reply #3 on: Oct 18th, 2015, 1:01am »
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.....Newark NJ Pen Station 2009
 


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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Re: SOLARI boards
 
« Reply #4 on: Oct 18th, 2015, 1:09am »
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Tom:
 
Man, does that picture bring back a lot of great memories of watching this huge sign flicker, flap, and update, whenever I was out at Newark, back in the 80's and 90's......thanks for posting here!
 
That these once-familiar boards are now (I am guessing) pretty much extinct today, makes me value my LIONEL version even more.
 
To me, at one time, the SOLARI boards were very "mod"........again, like so much of railroading in our day, too many of us (myself included) took far too much for granted, including the old SOLARI boards.
 
Again, thanks for sharing here......seeing this board sure brought back a trainload of great memories.......
 
"L.F.L."


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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Re: SOLARI boards
 
« Reply #5 on: Oct 18th, 2015, 4:29pm »
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Interesting reading from 2010 (clearly, the old SOLARI boards have their own following!).......
 
http://en.seeclickfix.com/issues/10494-save-the-clicky-mechanical-sign-at-union-station
 
(courtesy:SeeClickFix)


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 20th, 2015, 2:27pm »
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See also:
 
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122190224
 
The SOLARI board at New Haven was the very last on the Metro-North system.......


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