The HTML Network SouthEast Clock is intended to be a reasonably-faithful rendition of the iconic mechanical-digital railway clocks used in the South East region of British Rail, which have almost entirely disappeared from the network since privatisation.
If you're too young to have ever seen one of these in action, or you come from the wrong part of the country or world, here's a video!
These are fondly remembered because they were huge; 1.5 metres wide and visible from enormous distances. If you have £750,
We've tried to keep this relatively faithful to the size, dimensions, and colours of the Network SouthEast clocks. True historical accuracy is made more difficult (and sometimes undesirable) by a couple of factors:
- We've been working from photographs as references; schematics were not available in the early hours of the morning when we first started work on this. :)
- There was no single Network SouthEast clock. There are many variants; we've just picked elements we like from the variants.
Audio is compressed in Ogg Theora and MP3 for browsers with native HTML5 <audio> support.
The iOS (iPhone, iPad) browser won't allow sounds to play except in response to (further down the call stack than) a user-generated event. This stops audio from playing uninvited, which is good, but it also means you cannot have a sound play every second, as we do here. So the clicking sound is disabled on iOS devices.
The train horn sound is this.
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