Iconic 30th Street Station split-flap board to be removed over weekend

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Action News has learned that the iconic split-flap signboard at 30th Street Station will be removed from the train station this weekend.

Work was done late Thursday to remove the clock that sat on top of the board. Temporary monitors have been put in its place for the time being.

The historic schedule board, with its distinctive whirring, click-clacking sound, was installed in the 1970s to replace a chalkboard, but now even it has become a relic.

Amtrak and Congressman Brendan Boyle say they will replace the sign with a high-tech display that can sync with the boarding gates and is compliant with disabilities laws.

The old schedule board will be moved to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Lancaster County.

There is an effort to somehow reincorporate it at 30th Street Station at a later date.

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