UPDATE: 30th Street "Flip-Flap" Board Will Return to Philadelphia

The Solari Board stands tall and proud in December, 2018, over 40 years since it's initial installation in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. Photo by Max Harris.

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Amtrak has officially started tearing down the iconic Solari Board in 30th Street Station of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This board has been a resident of the historic station since the 1970's, and has outlived all of its sister boards, which were in place all around Amtrak's North East Corridor. With the fall of the 30th Street Station board, Solari boards will be extinct from Amtrak's system.

The board was "still flipping" as Amtrak dismantled it on the night of January 24th, 2019. Photo by Travis Hughes.

Travelers in the Station on January 24th, 2019 got one last look at the board in its home station as crews began to dismember the iconic piece of Philadelphia. The board is set to be removed completely this Saturday, January 26th.

David Handera, Amtrak's Vice President of Stations and Facilities, has said the board will be given a temporary home at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA, until it can be re-incorporated into 30th Street, alongside ADA compliant boards: “We too have a deep appreciation for the board as part of our history and are working with Congressman Boyle and other leaders to make sure this board has a temporary home at The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania until it can be reincorporated into the station for everyone to enjoy."

This Solari Board is not ADA compliant and other boards are to be installed to allow passengers to have a more stress-free experience boarding trains at 30th Street.

The new train information boards will be installed late February, and will replace the temporary ones set up around 30th Street. These boards are called Passenger Information Display Systems, and are similar to the screens used in New York's Penn Station.

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates.

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