Beloved 30th Street Station information board scheduled to depart

Mike DeNardo
November 29, 2018 - 1:08 pm
The days are numbered for 30th Street Station's beloved split-flap schedule board.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The days are numbered for 30th Street Station's beloved split-flap schedule board.

The sound of that schedule board evokes memories for the countless travelers who have passed through 30th Street Station over the last four decades.

More than two years ago, Amtrak announced it would replace the aging Solari board — one of the last of its kind in use — with a more modern digital board. But there's been silence since then about when that would happen.

The silence is about to end. Any day now, Amtrak is expected to announce when the board will be taken down. 

We already know it's heading to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. Howard Pollman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, says the move is expected early next year.

"We were expecting to get it late January — early February was the last we heard — and that's what we're going on," Pollman said.

And he expects the board will be a prime attraction for museum visitors.

"Just the thousands of travelers that pass the board daily. The sounds of the board, the make, it's like the soundtrack of a certain part of people's lives," he said.

For now, Amtrak is declining to comment on the move until its announcement.