Mini Solari boards on platforms?

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  1. telstarbox

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    Do you mean the clock or the departure board?
     
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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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    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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    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.

    Happy memories!
     
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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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    How many destinations did you have to do on each board?
     
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    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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    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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    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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    That is a good point about the various colours and visibility.

    Would anyone know if it is possible to get Digital Boards as are used now in different colours?
     
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    Quite a few of the SouthEastern ones were made by a different compant (Krone rather than Solari) - the stations out to Bromley South were Krone kit, as was Sevenoaks (I think) although they worked on the same principle. That picture looks like one of those, and the red panel almost certainly said 'Please listen for announcements' as most of them did at smaller stations at weekends. Of course, there were no announcements either :)

    The best thing about them was the rather stern message 'Not this train' which could cover all sorts of possibilities!
     
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    But SOLARI's were always clear and easy to read, in almost any light or angle, sometimes newer is not always better, but of course it is cheaper, and that is all they worry about
     
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    Could the SOLARIS show all calling points?
     
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    I had the idea that there was one at Brighton being preserved - what's the latest on this?
     
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