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Future Passenger Information Screen Upgrade Ideas & Suggestions

Discussion in 'PC Discussion' started by londonmidland, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. londonmidland

    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    I'm delighted to hear that the Passenger Information Screens (PIS) have further been upgraded and are (I assume) able to show more information/more intelligent at displaying service information, as briefly shown in tonight's München - Augsburg livestream.

    I am confident DTG can upgrade these further, ready for the South Eastern High Speed (SEHS) route, so I've got a few suggestions as to what can be done, if possible.

    *Being realistic, I do not expect all of these listed below to come out at once. They're simply a suggestions list.*

    The information provided and style of departure screens will naturally vary from station to station. As well as from country to country.
    The examples I have given below are for UK stations ONLY (however may not be exclusive to it and may be applicable elsewhere)

    Ideas and suggestions:

    - Where no services are booked for a certain platform at all, instead of leaving the PIS blank, make it display the Train Operating Company (TOC) website or 'Welcome to X station'
    - Add timetabled arrival times next to the calling points
    - For passing trains, make it display a 'stand clear/fast train' message
    - Display the train formation as 'This train has/this train is formed of X coaches'
    - Include a summary of departures on the larger, horizontal screens.

    Real life examples:
    Fast train message:
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    Departure board summary screen:
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    Train formation message:
    [​IMG]
    Booked arrival times:
    [​IMG]
     
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  2. Scorpion71

    Scorpion71 Well-Known Member

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    The second image is deffo one I want to see incorporated into TSW2.

    I'm hoping they do manage to get these working on user created scenario's too in future but now I'm just being greedy :)
     
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    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    Technically TSW already has this information so I'd of thought it would be relatively easy to display the departure summaries on the boards.

    Hopefully we see this functioning in SEHS.
     
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    matjamca Well-Known Member

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    Verbal announcements too, like...

    “The train approaching platform 2 doesn’t stop here. Please stand behind the yellow line...”
     
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  5. londonmidland

    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    I would like that, however I would like ALL of the passenger information screens to be functional first before we get proper announcements in the game.
     
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    I think the tech is probably there to do the departure summary board, there's just been no where to put them.
     
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    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    It's probably been possible since release of the Bakerloo Line. However the Bakerloo Line doesn't use those sorts of departure screens.
     
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    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    I am however looking forward to an announcement system, as I'll most likely mod them into something more realistic.
     
  9. InstaSim

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    These would be cool, but Booked Arrival Time (as shown on the bottom photo) I wouldn't say is entirely necessary. I live in Wales, and our PIS displays (at least as of writing) don't' include Booked Arrival Times and only include the station calling pattern.
     
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    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    True, that's more of an added bonus more than anything. After the information screens are done, I'll be having some fun with the announcements if/when they implement them in.
     
  11. InstaSim

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    Ye me too :) I'd love to see more working PIS screens though regardless of how they look. Apparently the Preserved Crew have been working on implementing them to a route. My gut feeling is it might be GWE as that's the only route I can think of which hasn't been released yet (UK routes) which has PIS boards but not working displays. If that's true then that'd be really cool :D but don't quote me on that 100%, that's my thoughts based on something Adam said on stream :)
     
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    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    Initially when GWE arrives into TSW 2 it'll be in the same state as it was in TSW 1 if I'm correct. So no upgrades straight away. If and when the upgrade crew has time to work on GWE, we'll see what magic they can come up with.
     
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    Ye, but I heard Adam mentioning something about PIS displays which was quite exciting. I'm hoping it's something they will implement to GWE and East Coastway at some point though :)
     
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    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    It's something they *hope* to add to preserved content, so there's no guarantee of this happening as of yet.

    The PIS itself is still evolving. The Bakerloo Line uses a 'first prototype' of it, so there's limited functionality of it, as expected. The latest upcoming German route has an upgraded version of this. Some 'housekeeping' improvements I heard Matt say on stream. Not sure what that means exactly.
     

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