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Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:23 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:31 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:44 am

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.
 
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:48 am

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!
 
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:58 am

I found the sounds recorded on the internet somewhere. Try a google search.
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:58 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:03 am

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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:03 am

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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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:12 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:46 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:50 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:55 am

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.

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Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:13 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 10):

My mistake, it was A for Adam. This was in May of 2005.
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:18 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:38 am

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
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:32 am

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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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:44 am

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).
 
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:54 am

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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Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:06 am

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?"
 
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:40 pm

The old mechanical voice reminded me of the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. How's that for geeky? Big grin
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:10 pm

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!
 
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:51 pm

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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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:28 pm

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

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RE: Recorded People Mover Train Voice At ATL

Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:31 pm

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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