Flipboard flip-flop: 30th Street Station’s split-flap schedule board could be spared

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Philadelphia's famous flipping schedule board will be replaced by a digital sign in 2019.

Philadelphia's famous flipping schedule board will be replaced by a digital sign in 2019. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Amtrak’s only remaining split-flap schedule board is retiring in January — or is it? For more than 30 years, Amtrak passengers in Philadelphia have relied on the familiar “clickety-clackety” sound of 30th Street Station’s Solari flipboard to keep track of their train schedules. Next month, they’ll have to rely on a digital substitute — unless officials decide to keep it. On this episode of The Why, Ariella Cohen of WHYY’s PlanPhilly helps us unpack why the news of the iconic flipboard’s impending retirement to a museum caused so many to cry #SaveTheSign.

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