Desktop Departures® Board

(10 customer reviews)

£184.99 (exc. VAT £154.16)

Measuring just 10.5cm x 4cm x 2cm – Have it on your desk at home or in the office. Display live departures for all your favourite UK Train/Tube/Bus/Tram stations on your own highly customisable departure board. Makes a fantastic gift for all those rail enthusiasts out there. Live train times. Internal speaker for audio announcements.

Note: Please review product dimensions before purchase to avoid any surprises!

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This item: Desktop Departures® Board

Estimated delivery by Monday 24 June

£184.99 (exc. VAT £154.16)
£184.99 (exc. VAT £154.16)
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Product Features

  • Designed to simulate the real station departure boards in amazing detail.
  • Ultra smooth text animation.
  • View real time train/tube/bus/tram departures for your favourite uk stations/stops.
  • Live train/tube/bus/tram service information from real feeds.
  • Hundreds of options / highly configurable via a web application (give it a try)
  • Self updating firmware.
  • Power saving options.
  • Easy wireless setup.
  • Displays time and date.
  • Alarm clock functionality (up-to 3 alarms)
  • Display available in yellow,green,blue and white.
  • New injection moulded case with acrylic window.
  • Ideal for work desk or bedside table.
  • Small compact size, Low power, Micro USB.
  • Real Audio announcements via internal speaker (Note: Requires Voice Packs & Premium subscription).
  • Comes with one month Premium subscription for free.


  • You can use all of our boards without a subscription, however if you want to enjoy some of the great extra features we've developed then you'll need to choose a subscription.
  • Audio announcements require an active Premium subscription.
  • Premium configuration example
  • Free configuration example
  • Click here for more information about our subscriptions.

Product Details

  • Display Type: 256x64px 3.2inch Monochrome Yellow|White|Blue|Green Ultra sharp OLED display
  • Dimensions: Width: 10.5cm Height: 4cm Depth: 2cm
  • Networking: 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless
  • Power consumption: 200mA (100% brightness)
  • Speaker: Internal 1 Watt
  • Operating voltage: 5v DC
  • Accessories: 2M USB power cable
  • Certification: UKCA

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 10 × 4 × 3 cm
Screen Colour

Yellow, White, Green, Blue

Case Colour

Black, White


  • Installation guide: setup.pdf
  • Installation video:


Desktop Departures

No, the screen colour selected in the store is the colour the board will remain on. It can not be changed via the web app.

Yes, you can plug the board into a USB battery pack and connect to a phone hotspot.

No, the board only comes with a USB cable that can be plugged into any USB socket, ie any phone charger or computer / laptop. Even tvs and cars. Basically if it has a USB socket you can plug it in.

No, the Desktop Departures has a built in speaker and is audio announcements ready. You can also connect an external Bluetooth speaker if you prefer.

No, the board receives power via a USB cable.

Width: 10.5cm Height: 4cm Depth: 2cm

The Desktop Departures plastic case can be either Black or White and the display can be Yellow, White, Green or Blue.


Yes, you can display custom messages on the board.

No, all information is displayed via the departure boards screen.

Yes, the boards will pretty much connect to any WiFi network available as long as it supports a network name & password. If using a iPhone make sure the apostrophe is removed from the hot spot name this can be done via ‘Settings->General->About->Name’

No, only one active station is displayed at a time. But there Premium subscription features to make the board automatically cycle between different stations.

Yes, we support 99% of UK Rail, Tube, Tram & Bus station / stops.

No, at the moment they will only show passenger services for passenger stations. But we do plan on adding freight soon!

If you can find your bus stop / service over at then yes we support it.

If you can find your rail service / station over at then yes we support it.

No, not at this time sadly. We however do support the rest of Ireland!

No, sadly this is a closed system not connected to National Rail with no available public feed.

Yes, All Tyne and Wear Metro stations are now fully supported.

Yes, they make a fantastic gift for any transport enthusiast, young or old.

Yes, the boards support a 24 hour clock.

The information is as accurate as you would find at the real station as we use the same data source

The boards are incredibly customisable with over 100 different options to tweak the display exactly how you want it.

Please contact us at [email protected]

All configuration is done via our web configuration app.

The board will talk to our servers via your WiFi connection and then talk to a variety of external data feeds to receive the relevant departure information.

We ship the boards out within 1-2 days and offer 24/48 hour shipping via Royal Mail and Parcel Force.

The departure information is updated every 60sec in free mode and every 30sec when running a Premium subscription.

Yes, the Desktop Departures is best suited for a bedside table or kitchen top. The Classic and Pros can be placed on top of furniture and come with mounting kits so they can be wall mounted as well.

No, the boards are free to use. Certain options and extra features will require a paid subscription.

Basically just the size, the Classic is 60cm and has an clear acrylic window and the Pro is 100cm. They both have the exact same functionality and run the same firmware.

Yes, all our boards require a internet connection to receive live departure information.

Yes, as long as you have access to WiFi the board will work. It will only show UK time and services though. The board comes with a uk style wall plug power supply which can be run on 110v to 240v. You can swap this with any local 5v 3amp dc jack wall plug with the correct plug for your country.


The subscription must be purchased on the same account the board has been registered with.

At the moment the only difference is Premium Plus enables real time bus arrival data as we have to pay for this data up front.

Yes, you only require one subscription. This will cover unlimited amount of departure boards which are attached to your account.

Yes, all our departure boards will work without any subscriptions displaying departures for any UK train, tube, tram & bus station / stop but will have limited options and features available. Click here for more information about the various available subscriptions.

Technical Support

The board is unable to connect to your network. Most common reasons for this are..

  • Check for incorrect network password (They are case sensitive)
  • Check the router supports a 2.4ghz network and is on WiFi channel 1 to 6 and any smart channel swapping is disabled.
  • If the board completely refuses to connect to the network (very rare but does occasionally happen) Another solution is to use a cheap WiFi repeater to resolve this problem.

Here are a couple things to check.

  • ‘Filter out services departing in the next x min’ has not been set to a large value filtering out most services at a busy station.
  • ‘Force on ‘no services screen’ permanently’ is not enabled. This will just force the no service screen. to appear.
  • Check there is at least one platform filter selected.
  • Check ‘Include services with unknown platform’ is enabled.

Press the WIFI reset button for 3 seconds to put the board back into WIFI setup mode. On Desktop Departures this is the little black button at the back. On the Classic it is the black button on the side near the power connector. On the Pro it is the green button on the side near the power connector.

The departure boards take 15-20sec to boot when plugged in. They will have a completely blank screen within this time window. There will be a lit green led on the end cap to indicate the board is receiving power. If you do not see this or the board does not boot after about 60 sec please contact support.

If you are just seeing a spinning icon. Give this guide a go

This warning can be ignored as at this point of the setup the board does not have internet yet.

  • First make sure you are connected to the ‘DepartureBoard’ Wifi network on the same device correctly (You can see a blue tick next to the network name and not a spinning connecting icon).
  • Double check exactly has been typed into the devices browser. Make sure digit zero’s have been used not letter O’s.
  • Sometimes turning off the phones GSM data can help.

10 reviews for Desktop Departures® Board

  1. Stephen Menzies (verified owner)

    A great product fits nicely above my computer shelf and with the added option of announcements keeps you updated on your local and national train, underground information. I thoroughly recommend it

  2. Colin Brown (verified owner)

    I’ve bought the original Desktop Departure and the Small LED Departure Board now and I’ve been very happy with them both. Simple to set up and customise and a great talking point with guests and friends on Zoom/Teams. I’m already planning on getting the announcements package on the next payday. Top quality kit and customer service.

  3. Sam Clements (verified owner)

    As somebody who works in customer information and CIS in the rail industry, I was blown away by the quality of the product. It’s comparable to the displays we install on our platforms.

  4. Robin Toyne (verified owner)

    These boards are BRILLIANT!!! Arrived within a few days of ordering, super easy setup and brilliant fun to play with! A superb product that is well worth the price, I would 100% recommend to any railway enthusiast or anyone in general. Even better than I was expecting! Thanks Rail Departures!

  5. Donald MacLean (verified owner)

    After an unhappy experience with transatlantic delivery which was IN NO WAY the fault of Departure Boards I tried again, this time with the desktop version which arrived very quickly through normal postage channels rather than incompetent courier companies. ‘Nuff said!

    The desktop version is tiny but impressive! Its legibility is amazing even to my aging eyesight.

    It gives me a link with home, though the time difference means that when I access in in the evening here in Canada it is full night over ‘ome and departures are less frequent!

    I seldom if ever write reviews but in this case cannot say enough about their product and service.

    Donald MacLean

  6. Tootsiet2 (verified owner)

    It was absolutely amazing I don’t regret any of the money I spent I had all £165 of fun in the first minute and I am still having fun

  7. Rachel Cope (verified owner)

    Hello I would highly recommend these they are totally amazing. I have purchased the voice pack and its like standing on the station. I’m now wanting to buy the bigger version as I’m in the middle of building Crewe station layout. I did a little live stream on a review of this product I’m in love with it. You’ll not be disappointed in this product you would want to buy more.

  8. Emma (verified owner)

    I don’t know how I could rate this below 5 stars, I love it no matter who you are, whether you like trains or not, it is awesome. It feels like your at the station, and the customisation blew my mind, you can have custom station messages and everything, it announces delays (if you pay for pack) or shows delays and station messages to help you commute or just watch the chaos unfold, anyone who remotely likes trains will love it, you can use it as an alarm and the owner gets back to you instantly if your having issues with it and always resolves it! Highly recommend!

  9. Paul Griffiths (verified owner)

    I purchased this unit with Yellow display and voice packs for my father as a Christmas Present.
    It is great, being just like the real thing and one can imagine standing on the platform.
    The owner of the company is very quick to turn around answers to any questions I had.

  10. Reginald Chan (verified owner)

    10/10 worth every penny and works purfectly with no issues and support always a twwet away

    i have 2 of theses boards and they are great for a glance at and always a good look and with the sounds
    i have all soundpacks so not lacking or disappointed in the sound packs department
    also works with my 2 Older departureboards V1

    Also the web interface is a delight with the audio sounds running through the web browser tooo

    love the service keep up the work and support with this and happy testing stuff for you

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