I've noticed that new Next Trains Displays have been installed on all platforms at Forest Gate which are completely different which I find odd as it wasn't long ago that they installed the square type (similar to what Greater Anglia use) at Ilford and Manor Park.
I know crossrail isn't technically a tube line but the fact that these look like the ones on the tube that say "1.paddington 5 mins 2. Maidenhead 10 mins 3. Heathrow 15 mins" is just going to make people think they're using the tube which is yet another reason I think we should just let people call it a tube line. Unless they list the stations, operator and number of carriages in a national rail-esque way, people will view this as the tube.
It is good to see that they aren't the tiny little displays that are slowly creeping all over the tube network. I prefer the ones on the DLR, although platforms are shorter, the writing is really bold for you to see from a distance if there aren't any obstructions.
what did forest gate have previously before these dmis?
Those big old school tv screens (really not sure what else to call them) which are still currently in use at Forest Gate & Maryland and was still being used at Ilford and Manor Park until last year when they replaced them with flat led type displays that you also see at Liverpool Street and Stratford so really confused as to why they're mixing it up so much.
Personally I'd love to see the new Thameslink displays at other stations.
At one time they would have had these... (this example seen at Stratford) I liked these as they were easy to see, even from a distance. (btw, grainy image as its a still image from S-VHS videotape).
Then they probably had these, which I detested. Why? Can you read the information from where I took this photo? No? Nor can I! At least when standing this far away it was possible for regular passengers to 'decode' the flip letter variants and work out the train and its stopping pattern. All stations / semi-fast / fast trains could be recognised from the different letter patterns eg: Ilford is a short name whilst Seven Kings has two words... a fast train might not stop again before Romford and again that is a single word name. (again seen at Stratford).
What is being installed looks like a newer version of this. Hopefully it will be easy to read, even from half way along the platform.
If I had any say in the issue I would want something like this... the information showing the location of the next few trains is equal in every way to the next train in x minutes message which is displayed in dot matrix signs. When one takes into account of 'railway time' and how the stated time frame is not always accurate then seeing the real-time information showing the locations of the next few trains (and if they are actually moving) is actually vastly more accurate than the 'next trains' message.