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Old 5th August 2015, 08:36   #1
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Default Mini Solari boards on platforms?

I remember seeing split-flap/Solari platform displays on Paddock Wood and Tonbridge stations in the 1990s, as seen in this picture:

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Is there a proper name for these and does anyone have any other photos of this type of display?
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Old 5th August 2015, 09:27   #2
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Do you mean the clock or the departure board?
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Old 5th August 2015, 09:58   #3
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i love mucking about with these in my platform staff days.
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The departure board (on the blue pole).
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Old 5th August 2015, 10:24   #5
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The sight of that clock is instant nostalgia.
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Here is an example of a similar type of board at Schwerin Hbf (Germany) in August 2013
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Here is an example of a similar type of board at Schwerin Hbf (Germany) in August 2013
Thanks for the memory!
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You can just see one to the right of the 210 in this pic
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Cheers. Any more photos appreciated.
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Platform Repeater Boards.

Many years ago I was responsible for getting the twice yearly updates done to all the former Southern Regions flap boards. That's supplied, silk screen printed and fitted. I seem to remember that Gatwick had the greatest number of platform repeaters, 3 double sided boards per platform.

Updates cost an absolute fortune and, for some unexplained reason, every seven years the spring update was always much larger than the previous six years. Delivery periods for the flaps was about 9 months - and they always got delayed in customs, they came in wooden boxes, were quite heavy, and were always suspected to be rifles so all had to be opened for inspection - so you had to predict requirements around a year in advance.

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Platform Repeater Boards.

Many years ago I was responsible for getting the twice yearly updates done to all the former Southern Regions flap boards. That's supplied, silk screen printed and fitted. I seem to remember that Gatwick had the greatest number of platform repeaters, 3 double sided boards per platform.

Updates cost an absolute fortune and, for some unexplained reason, every seven years the spring update was always much larger than the previous six years. Delivery periods for the flaps was about 9 months - and they always got delayed in customs, they came in wooden boxes, were quite heavy, and were always suspected to be rifles so all had to be opened for inspection - so you had to predict requirements around a year in advance.

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I always imagined someone sat at Waterloo with a pile of boards, a ruler and a lot of letraset!
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Platform Repeater Boards.

Many years ago I was responsible for getting the twice yearly updates done to all the former Southern Regions flap boards. That's supplied, silk screen printed and fitted. I seem to remember that Gatwick had the greatest number of platform repeaters, 3 double sided boards per platform.

Updates cost an absolute fortune and, for some unexplained reason, every seven years the spring update was always much larger than the previous six years. Delivery periods for the flaps was about 9 months - and they always got delayed in customs, they came in wooden boxes, were quite heavy, and were always suspected to be rifles so all had to be opened for inspection - so you had to predict requirements around a year in advance.

Happy memories!
How many destinations did you have to do on each board?
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I always imagined someone sat at Waterloo with a pile of boards, a ruler and a lot of letraset!
For the whole of the Southern Region we would often change upwards of 250,000 flaps. That would be some letraset!
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How many destinations did you have to do on each board?
At Gatwick? I cant remember but the old Solari boards had a maximum of 40 displays, one being blank. We had some newer boards ( not at Gatwick) that had 80 flap displays - Victoria was one - so you were limited by the number of displays rather than the number of stations.

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The Digital Boards used now must certainly save a lot of work and money then
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The Digital Boards used now must certainly save a lot of work and money then
Oh yes, but they have their drawbacks. They are not easily visible in some lighting conditions, in particular when the sun shines on them. They only have one colour, with flaps we used to have any colour we wanted and even used the "Rest position" at Waterloo as an advertising display for The Evening Standard and Dewars Whisky, you cant do that with a dot matrix! VDU's suffer from screen burn which reduces clarity and the sound as a board changes used to attract the attention of the waiting masses during times of perturbation. All forms of display have their advantages and disadvantages.
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