What's next for 30th Street Station split-flap schedule board?

Mike DeNardo
January 25, 2019 - 1:36 pm
Amtrak is taking down the beloved but aging schedule board at 30th Street Station this weekend. But what's next for the board?

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Amtrak is taking down the beloved but aging schedule board at 30th Street Station this weekend. But what's next for the board?

Nostalgic riders took final pictures of the split-flap Solari board before the iconic analog sign comes down this weekend. 

"The sign board is a familiar sound to me as well as sight. And I travel here frequently for business, so I'm fond of the sign. I've taken many pictures of it and even recorded it myself," said  Sarah Lutman of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For Lutman the ticking of the sign evokes special feelings.

"Just the passing of time and the sound of time passing, which we don't really have in the digital era," she added.

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The board is being replaced with temporary video screens until a digital board is installed in a month or so. The board itself - which Amtrak owns- is heading to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. 

A statement from Amtrak calls the Museum a "temporary home...until it (the board) can be reincorporated into the station for everyone to enjoy." 

But museum director Pat Morrison wants to make the sign a permanent fixture. 

"It is something that we're trying to acquire. We're working out the details with them at the moment. Various possibilities have been floated. But certainly the loan concept was one of the possibilities that was discussed," Morrison said. 

Morrison says the Museum will make the best use of the board for as long as it's there.