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Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL  
User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

I am wondering how many different voices did the people mover train at ATL had in the past. From 1996 through 2002, I remembered that it had a male voice with a short jingle when approaching the next stop. In 2003, the jingle was dropped and a new male voice was recorded. I believe that was the time that ATL got some new Bombardier CX-100 APM cars. I haven't been to ATL in 2004, so I don't know what voice was used during that year. In the spring of 2005 was the first time I heard a female voice used, however, in June of 2005, a new male voice was tested. That male voice tested a new concept for the concourses, such as "Concourse A as in Adam", "Concourse B as in Baker", etc. However, about a month later, the female voice used in the spring of that year was brought back. In 2006, the current female APM voice was introduced, stating each concourse with the NATO phonetic alphabet, such as "Concourse A as in Alpha", "Concourse B as in Bravo", etc.

Does anyone know about the people mover voice prior to 1996 and in 2004? I have heard that in the past, the original voice for the APM sounded very robotic. Does anyone know about this?


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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

All the times I've been there it's been the female doing the phonetic alphabet, with the exception of D, as in David. It used to be D as in Delta, but for some reason they changed it.


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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5150 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

The original voice sounded so robotic it was almost a parody of "robotic". No inflection at all. Try saying "The train is departing" without any inflection whatsoever, equal spacing and emphasis on each syllable and absolutely equal spacing between the words. It was wierd, creepy, mechanical and, I'm sure, hard for any non-native English speakers to understand.

User currently offlineAvalon2862 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3012 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I am wondering how many different voices did the people mover train at ATL had in the past.

Prior to 1996 it was a computer generated voice - very monotone and sounding like something from a bad episode of "Lost in Space".. It simply said "Pleas move to the center of the vehicle and away from the door!"

Then to compund that, they had a very "distinctly Southern" male voice following the previous announcement which said "Caution! Doors do not spring back!" (it sounded a great deal like Deputy Dawg!)

They changed both voices, though, for the 1996 Olympics - they were afraid that all of the visiting foreigners would be confused. I used to go through the ATL concourses 2-3 times a week from 1994-1995 on business and I can still remember those horrible recordings!


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

I found the sounds recorded on the internet somewhere. Try a google search.


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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1):
All the times I've been there it's been the female doing the phonetic alphabet, with the exception of D, as in David. It used to be D as in Delta, but for some reason they changed it.

Because most flights in Concourse D are by airlines other than Delta.



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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5408 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

Never ceases to amaze me ... the subjects that some find interesting (and know so much about) on A.net !!!!

I used to think I was a geek, and didn't have a life ... then I found A.net, and I feel much better  Smile

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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

Quoting Jhooper (Reply 4):
I found the sounds recorded on the internet somewhere. Try a google search.

Could you please post a link? I couldn't find them anywhere.



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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 5):

Because most flights in Concourse D are by airlines other than Delta.

Good point. I'm surprised they ever used "D as in Delta".



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User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2662 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

In 2005 on my day trip to ATL I was on the tram and a male voice said "Concourse A as in apple", etc, etc.


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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 9):
In 2005 on my day trip to ATL I was on the tram and a male voice said "Concourse A as in apple", etc, etc.

When in the year was this? I don't remember "Concourse A as in Apple". In June, the male voice stated "Concourse A as in Adam". In the July after, the female voice previously used in the spring was brought back. That female voice did not use any descriptions to each letter. The first time that I heard the current female voice with the NATO Phonetic Alphabet was in 2006.



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User currently offlineGeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 967 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

My preference was and remains for the robot. Apparently people actually obeyed its commands more than they did the female or the male voices. But as someone said, non English speakers probably had a harder time with it, so off it seems to have gone to the electronic scrap heap in the sky.

Alas.



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User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2662 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 10):

My mistake, it was A for Adam. This was in May of 2005.



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User currently offlinePremoBrimo From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

There was a cool sounding chime when the train was about to leave the station too. I also liked when someone would enter the train when the doors were closing, "Someone is delaying the train"


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1):
but for some reason

...one which should be blatantly obvious......

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I miss the robotic voice from the early 90s-- my sisters and I would transfer concourses just to hear it  Silly


User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

Quoting PremoBrimo (Reply 13):
There was a cool sounding chime when the train was about to leave the station too. I also liked when someone would enter the train when the doors were closing, "Someone is delaying the train"

I think that chime is still there. The chime that played onboard when the train is approaching the station is gone, however.



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User currently onlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 8):
Good point. I'm surprised they ever used "D as in Delta".

Same reason Taxiway D at ATL is marked "Dixie", and is called "Taxiway Dixie" instead of "Taxiway Delta".

Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 9):
In 2005 on my day trip to ATL I was on the tram and a male voice said "Concourse A as in apple", etc, etc.

Apple, or Alpha? I flew through ATL last November and I remember a female voice using the phonetic alphabet (except for Concourse D).


User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 16):
Apple, or Alpha? I flew through ATL last November and I remember a female voice using the phonetic alphabet (except for Concourse D).

That was in May of 2005, and if you read a later post, the user stated that he/she made a mistake, and it was actually "Concourse A as in Adam". The current female voice with the NATO Phonetic Alphabet I believe was introduced in 2006.

I also heard the "Concourse A as in Adam" in 2005, as well as "B as in Baker" and "T as in Tom". Unfortunately I wasn't able to hear all of the concourses.



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User currently offlineManu From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 406 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1):
All the times I've been there it's been the female doing the phonetic alphabet, with the exception of D, as in David. It used to be D as in Delta, but for some reason they changed it.

They could have had it for all the airlines. A is for AirTran etc. That would really have messed the passengers up. "You mean I go to AirTran terminal to get on a Delta flight, and to find an Air Canada flight I go to Continental's terminal?"


User currently offlineG4LASRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

The old mechanical voice reminded me of the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. How's that for geeky? Big grin


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User currently offlinePBIflyguy From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 248 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

Quoting G4LASRamper (Reply 19):
The old mechanical voice reminded me of the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. How's that for geeky?

My thoughts exactly ramper.......... I really miss the Cylon Centurion!


User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

The male voice with the "Careful, doors are closing...." was the best. And all the little jingles before only made it better.

Quoting Jhooper (Reply 4):
I found the sounds recorded on the internet somewhere. Try a google search.

Someone posted this link back in Spring of 2005, and I still have it bookmarked.
http://andy.maskin.net/hartsfield/
Click on downloads, and it has a bunch of things from the train and more.



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User currently offlineFlyingcat From United States of America, joined May 2007, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2247 times:

Slightly off topic

Isnt there an airport that uses one member of the original Star Trek cast for its tram anouncements.

I think its George Takei or Leonard Nimoy. Someone told me this in passing.


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5408 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2225 times:

Quoting G4LASRamper (Reply 19):
How's that for geeky?

Oh, I can't wait until my girlfriend calls me a geek next ... I'll just tell her to take a look at this thread!


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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2221 times:

Quoting N776AU (Reply 21):
Someone posted this link back in Spring of 2005, and I still have it bookmarked.
http://andy.maskin.net/hartsfield/
Click on downloads, and it has a bunch of things from the train and more.

Apparently, those files are the 1996-2002 voice.



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