The point about two wheelchair spaces per car is incorrect. There will be two wheelchair spaces in one car of every train. The equipment is being moved from under the transverse seats in the north end trailer cars to make space for this.
There are no transverse seats in the trailer cars. Presumably you mean the central bay of longitudinal seats?
The 1996 displays spend almost all their time scrolling the destination. On the approach to a station it will scroll the name the next station and the destination. This is annoying if you're reading or something and look up to find where you are on the line as you have to wait until the approach to a station. Every now and again the automated system (audio and visual) tell you only the destination - not even what the current station is when you're station at one.
Just caught a Northbound service from Westminster and it failed altogether to display or announce the next station, side for the doors and the interchange. Upon the doors opening it jumped straight to announcing , "this train terminates at Wembley Park". For the duration of the journey the internal display just displayed the destination..
I believe this is what happens when the PIS fails and can't tell where the train is. Same thing happens on the 73 Stock, which just scrolls through "This train is for COCKFOSTERS"
Also the newer voice is more annoying than what came before. There are a few drivers who dislike the system so much now that they will turn it off altogether and make their own announcements when they deem appropriate, or in a couple of cases the train will be treated to complete silence.
Post by phoenixcronin on May 31, 2017 20:48:16 GMT
The most obvious change to me is the plate on the bottom of the doors (grey on the S8s vs aluminium on the S7s, and with different rivets) and the reduction in the number of emergency alarms on later S7s.
There are no doubt more changes which aren't immediately visible.