I’ve stared at UK mainline railway station departure boards at many times over the years. I am usually fixated on the platform number and whether it will leave on time. So it was only this week that I picked up on the little train ideogram as a footnote at the bottom of each destination on Euston station’s display.
The diagram flips, this was the dominant image. It shows:
- How many carriages are on the train
- How full of reserved passengers each carriage is (A, B, E and J are very full).
- Which coaches are first class (KJHG)
- A cup periodically flashed over coach C to show that was where the shop / takeaway cafe was
It would be interesting to see if this data was available in API form for apps or web service usage and what could be done with it.