Watch: A touching tribute to 30th Street Station’s Amtrak display board
The mechanical clacking of 30th Street Station’s flip-board departures board will soon cease, with a replacement coming in the form of a digital display.
The mechanical clacking of 30th Street Station's flip-board departures board will soon cease, with a replacement coming in the form of a digital display.
Some Philadelphians, however, will remember that Amtrak Solari board for years to come.
Max Goldberg, 24, counts himself among that group, and set out to create a brief video tribute to the flip-board we know and love. A New Haven, Conn., native who attended Drexel University for film, Goldberg says he felt "obligated" to help folks remember the machine — especially considering the flip-board in his hometown came down suddenly about two years ago.
"I had no warning that the board in New Haven was getting replaced, so when I went home and found a blindingly bright Jumbo-tron where the Solari board used to be, I was pretty bummed," Goldberg says. "I saw making this video as sort of a second chance to say goodbye to the board in New Haven, as weird as that sounds."
Goldberg, who runs the production company the Five Five Collective, also says he understands the huge reaction the Solari board news has caused in Philly, saying that "people hate change," but notes that the outcry is not "just people being stubborn."
"Everything in our lives is slowly being replaced by glowing digital rectangles," Goldberg says. "It was cool at first, but, honestly, it's getting a bit boring."
Plans to replace the Amtrak Solari board are currently in progress, with no concrete date yet set for its removal.