This wonderful data visualization made me stop in my tracks at a train station somewhere in Bavaria.
It conveys so much information in such an efficient manner.
At a glance, the diagram tells passengers the configuration of the train they will be getting on, how many carriages, what types of carriage and crucially at which location the train will come to a stop at the current station.
The most important item is the curvy red line running vertically. This tells you where you are standing in relationship to the entire platform. I was standing right near the middle. If someone is standing on the sides, there are many trains they will not be able to get on.
The entire chart is in German but I didn't need to know German. This is what great data visualization accomplishes.
Would you be willing to miss a train just to admire this work? I would.
PS. I was a bit overexcited when I wrote the above. I hope my German readers will tell me what the red, yellow, green colors signify. Also why do some trains appear to have two or three disconnected carriages?