And a bit more on the V/Line website:
http://www.vline.com.au/discover/compet ... reens.html
Competition closes at 5pm on 31st August 2011.
How did this slip past the keeper?
Thickish outside edge, left it for 1st slip.
So....., what were the screens showing? Boring TV shows or movies or, information such as time, next station, current speed (I'd like to see that one), on time or how late, or perhaps view from cab, etc. etc.?
I used to think that'd be cool (and it still would), but I imagine the company would be hesitant due to... how should one put it.... squishy squishy when a trespasser is somewhere they shouldn't be?
There were a couple of US Operators who did that, I think Burlington Northern had them on the front, and the viewing screen was nearby the bar in the Lounge car. Too many passengers barfed watching near misses so the practice was discontinued.
Saw them for the first time today! (I commute 4 days a week on V/Line - must be on very few trains... or just not on the ones I catch )
Here's a shot that I got (Sorry for the newspaper branding - was going to do a story on it for a local paper then realised that this has been going on for far too long for it to be considered news. This is the only uploaded shot that I have, so ja.):
Travel information would be handy but I don't see how paid advertising could be involved unless they provide free travel. That is just exploitation of the travelling public.
What's presently on the screens is advertising for events that V/Line is sponsoring - pretty much what's plastered over/inside some trains and in V/Line Voice - and details about taking bikes and luggage on trains, pre-booked/long haul services and about the screens themselves.
The screens still have ads for the competition which has now closed, so obviously the content of these things is not being paid much attention at the moment.
I think they could probably put more of the stuff like what they have in V/Line voice on the screens, although only in short format because you cant fit much large text in the screens.
And I agree Aclass - travel info would be great. My train was hideously late today, and ETA for each stop would have been great!
If it's better than the TV I saw on the 670 bus at Chirnside Park the other day it's doing fine. The TV on that bus is apparently supposed to advertise local businesses and news (Maroondah in this case), but all it advertised was a Windows XP crash dialog instead.
Most of the screens in the set that I was on were blank, actually. Seems they were either not hooked up or faulty. I have no idea if it would be software or hardware. Maybe they're half way through removing them already?
Thats pretty much all I noticed, events, route map of vline services, couple of events. Was sitting intentionally out of sight of the screen. Would be distracting/boring if that was right in front of you and you didnt have a window/book/phone/ipod to distract attention.