Sunday, May 22, 2016

A split-flap solari board for the Welztalbahn

I've been fascinated by the huge split-flap boards in major train stations and many airports, also known as "Solari Boards" named after a major Italian manufacturer. After some searching around, I found demo code that implements a Solari board in a web browser. The same code appears to be used by the National Association of Railroad Passengers for their virtual station status boards.

Last night, I adapted the code and the templates for what this might look like for use on a train call board for my Welztalbahn. I need to rewrite the backend to integrate with the JMRI fast clock, and the display needs a lot more fine tuning, but this is quite neat already.

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