fbb has always taken an interest in printed timetables and, in recent years, on-line publicity. But that is only half the story. How well are potential passengers informed once they have arrived at bus stop or station? In the case of most bus stops, information can be almost non-existent although most busy stops now offer a computer generated departure list; mainly of use to regulars and often mystifying to first-timers. See "From Monk to Martyr" (read again).
But back to the mysterious tubes. Many larger stations had a substantial wooden departures display cabinet, containing a roller blind listing all the trains in time order. Every so often a "minion" would appear from one of the many "staff only" doors clutching his winding handle and he would advance to display to show the next dozen trains.
On balance, many of us "oldies" found the unsophisticated technology of days gone by more comforting and, enhanced by the advice of the man in the flat railway cap ("the 'arf pass seven t'Grimsby'll be abart ten late, luv"), somewhat more trustworthy.
More about Adam and Eve ftom Fat Bus Bloke's Bible Blog (read here)