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Buy Your Own LIVE Departure Board!

Calling All Stations is delighted to announce that it has partnered up with Rail Departures to offer readers 5% off on your very own LIVE Next Train Indicator departure board.

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The displays makes use of National Rail Enquiries’ (or Real Time Trains) API meaning they show real-time departure information from your selected station. Rail Departure BoardThe built in WiFi also means that once setup the boards can run stand alone.

Available in three sizes the boards are fully customisable too, meaning you can choose your own favourite station, colour scheme and information characteristics.

These are a must have for any rail enthusiast as well as being brilliant addition for offices, pubs, restaurants or businesses that may be interested in live departure and status information from their local station.

www.RailDepartures.co.uk are currently taking orders for the first production run of displays which should be available in late Autumn 2016. Readers of CallingAllStations.co.uk can get 5% off on their departure board by ordering through this link

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Full Features:

  • Firmware wrote to simulate the look and feel of real Next Train Indicator boards in great detail.
  • You can set any UK departure station and optional destination station.
  • Currently supports two API’s (Realtime Trains and National Rail Enquires).
  • Fully configurable (colours, animation timings, display options/features).
  • Power saving (will dim between set times).
  • Desktop configuration app and web app(coming soon!).
  • Built in WiFi.
  • Plug and play. Just plug in it, set your WiFi details and your good to go!
  • 5v Wall power supply included.
  • New firmware features being added all the time! (ie Clock, custom user messages, rainbow text effects and many more!).

Board Dimmensions:

  • P2.5 – 80mm x 480mm
  • P3    – 96mm x 576mm
  • P4    – 28mm x 768mm

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7 Weeks: The Shortest Ever Valid Pocket Map?

Last week I took a trip on the newly launched Night Tube and picked up a few copies of TfL’s brand new pocket night map. In fact you can watch the whole excursion here, where I talk more about TfL’s soon to be out of date map.

Well it appears the death knell has already sounded as Sadiq Khan has today announced the Jubilee Line will be joining the party on the 7th October – bringing an answer to the question when will that map become obsolete?

That means that initial pocket night map will have only been valid for 7 weeks. Is that the shortest time a pocket map has been valid for?…

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#NightTube: An Existential Crisis

When is the Night Tube actually The Night Tube? Diamond Geezer will tell you exactly when you’re officially on the graveyard shift…

“You might think midnight, but it’s not as simple as that. The issue’s not about time so much as trains, all the trains up to a certain point being ‘normal’ and all those after that being ‘Night Tube’. Actually it’s not as simple as that either.”

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Source: First And Last – Diamond Geezer

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Japan’s Train Station Stamps

Imagine getting to the gate line on the Tube and instead of touching out with your Oyster card, you presented an inspector with a passport. The inspector then duly stamps a large but elaborate badge into your book which depicts the locale of the station.

Well this is exactly what happens at some stations in Japan. It’s called an Eki stamp and it’s really rather wonderful…

“First introduced in 1931 at a station in Fukui, the stamps soon proliferated across the country, shaped like circles, squares, pentagons, and hexagons. They were used to boost tourism, with the Japanese National Railways (JNR) launching the Discover Japan campaign in 1970, providing 1,400 stations with individual stamps that all bore the words “DISCOVER JAPAN” in English. As part of the same initiative, special notebooks were published for travelers to carry with them to collect stamps, which are still available for purchase today.”

Source: The Design Nostalgia of Japan’s Train Station Stamps

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Deli Metro Electromagnetic Soundscape

Every now and then something unusual is sent to me or brought to my attention. And just like London Buses and services to Hainault via Newbury Park, two have come along in short succession.

Sound and hearing is an incredibly evocative experience and often comes from unusual places like transit systems. For me the sound of any 70’s era Brush Traction motor brings back memories of tube travel as a child and there’s a particularly distinctive wallow that the tunnels make at Bank on the Central Line that reminds me of long night shifts when I moved to London.

Some folk have decided to go deeper, and explore the sounds we never notice, or those we as humans can’t normally hear at all. In the same week where I showcased Robin The Fog’s “Embankment” – a rich soundscape made from audio recordings on the Bakerloo Line, I have been sent something equally spooky.

Poulomi Desai got in touch and sent me this VLF (Very Low Frequency) Electromagnetic recording of a trip on the Deli Metro.

Poulomi says,

“The first ever Very Low Frequency (VLF) electromagnetic / kinetic landscape recordings of the Delhi Metro system in India – exploring the hidden sounds. Probably the first VLF recording made of any part of the Indian transport system and by a South Asian woman. These unheard sounds are produced electromagnetically by trains and associated equipment. The recordings are Very Low Frequency (VLF) electromagnetic radio, a frequency band of the electromagnetic spectrum. The recordings expose a sound world that is experienced everyday but never heard by the passengers of the expansive Delhi Metro network.”

She goes onto say,

“I used a home-made VLF receiver with a zoom recorder [to record the sounds]”

The homemade setup then translates the naturally occurring electromagnetic radiation into an audible alien like soundscape.

The work is part of the “Vermillion Sands” project in India, supported by a grant from the British Council and Arts Council England. Listen to and see the other VLF recordings on the Usurp You Tube channel, including similar projects on the London Underground and Tyne & Wear Metro. If you want to learn more about Poulomi’s work then head to: http://www.poulomidesai.tumblr.com