Mini Solari boards on platforms?

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  1. MichaelAMW

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    There were three of them, in fact: in the middle, everything; one to the left, main lines; one to the right, Windsor lines.

    The Solari at Paddington was interesting from the point of view of stations no longer served or even open. On a windy day the flaps would sometimes move to briefly reveal these, e.g Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, W Ruislip, Denham G Club, Falmouth, and obviously you could see them zip past as the board was changing. I don't recall seeing any names from the GW route to Birmingham and Merseyside. I also liked the use of the first line to display information, e.g. Inter City, Cornish Riviera, Golden Hind, Fully Reserved, Continued from previous column, Cancelled; and the bottom one for facilities, e.g. Restaurant Buffet to Newton Abbot, Sorry no refreshments today, in a rather more varied way than was generally the case elesewhere.
     
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    That photographer is very impressive. Whatever film stock he used in the 1980s is on a par with modern digital reproduction, there's none of the graininess or colour grading that my brain has come to associate with the era!
     
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    My inner pedant feels the need to point out that you can still leave Paddington on a direct train to West Ruislip, albeit only once a day.

    I used it a couple of years ago and was the only passenger (although there had been three of us on the up working). Nearly on-topic, with some attention to camera settings I just about managed a readable photo of the Paddington platform destination indicator showing West Ruislip.
     
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    Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead :)

    On this photo of Hayes (Kent), there is a "next train" indicator which appears to be internally illuminated and says:

    London Bridge, Waterloo,
    Charing Cx .

    Is the remaining unilluminated section on the second line to show "Cannon St" ?
     
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    Never seen those in context before - nor noticed the errors - without the umlaut it should be Koeln, and I think the O-with-a-line in Danish works the same.
     
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    The wonders of 70s technology! That is a fingerboard, I.e. a piece of wood with the names of the stations printed on and slotted into the 'Next Train' bit. To show a Cannon Street train, the platform staff would replace the whole board with a different one (likely to be propped up against the pillar below). No electricity required :)

    A number of stations still have the metal slots, although long since disused - I mentioned seeing one on the up platform at Bexleyheath last year earlier in this thread. There is a picture of a more typical one on eBay here, note the metal bits round the edge of each end to help protect them.

    http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Railway-Fingerboard-Southern-Region-/131813959892
     
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    A lot of the infrastructure at Waterloo is actually still named Solari. An example of this is the platform Telephones on the platforms which do not connect to the signal box at Wimbledon but instead to the Solari Desk which is a station manager.

    Thanks,
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    Oh yes, that reminds me of the (live) station announcer at Manchester Victoria in the days of the North Country Continental, reading out the list of station stops across the East Midlands and East Anglia, then the ferry connection and the list of continental cities the ferry connected onto, ending with Moscow, and then the final flourish "The train at Platform 12 is for Moscow"
     
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    This one really surprises me - I wasn't aware BR used this sort of expensive station display technology back at the start of the 80s. The most similar display to this at the time was lurking behind Bob Monkhouse on Family Fortunes..
     
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    The Eastern side of Victoria has never been the same since the Solari boards went. I love the noise they make.

    Thanks for the reminiscence.
     
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    On a trip to Berlin last week I was happy to see they still have some of this type of sign! The attached photo shows the sign on the S-Bahn platforms at Warschauer Straße.
     

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    DB were installing new ones well into the 2000s, though they now seem to be being replaced by an LCD type.
     
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    SBB still have quite a few of them knocking around (there's a set at Wettingen one stop towards Zürich from me) but most are LCD displays now. The big Solari board at Zürich HB was replaced last year with a multi screen LED setup.
     
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    The Udine factory is still open; and still makes the traditional boards as well as LCD screens. Mostly for domestic clocks and spares for existing ones however; although I suppose they could produce a brand new one if anyone wanted one.
     
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    IIRC, the Copenhagen S-Tog network used to have some impressive little Solari boards, that would also count down the departure of the train. Every minute, then half minute, then every 5-10 seconds until it left.

    (All digital now. Including train positioning on the platform - there's quite a variety in length, particularly with the new bike carriages).
     
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