Posted on 02/07/2014

Photo taken on February  7, 2014

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Ticket Machine
Tim Pickford-Jones
United Kingdom
Ticket Issuing Machines

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P860 Ticket Machine - TIM

P860 Ticket Machine - TIM
Ticket Machine - TIM

This type of bus ticket machine was made by Ticket Issuing Machines, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, an offshoot of the Roneo company. The business was approached in 1931 by London United Tramways to design a portable ticket printer.

Prior to this machine, conductors would carry a Bell Punch or Williamson punch with a collection of preprinted tickets. The TIM broke the mould by actually printing the ticket as well as stamping fare stages. Its distinctive telephone style dial with a lever behind, enabled conductors to enter the passenger’s desired fare before cranking the handle to produce the ticket. There is a small detent lever to prevent accidental operation of the handle. Two types were created: one had a limited fares range though boasted greater statistical analysis; another, as illustrated here, only detailed the cash and category totals. By decimalisation, the telephone dial was modified for ten pence from twelve, with the lever setting lots of ten pence.

This machine type was first used on London Trolleybus routes in the Kingston area, extending later to some bus routes.

The model pictured here, used by Manchester Corporation, is from the early 1950s.

Inside the workings, a drum with moveable type parts, set by the fare dial and lever, rotates over an inked roller then onto the paper roll. This is propelled by rubber rollers during the printing. At the same time, counting registers are operated to maintain totals for pence and shillings (pence and ten pence in later modifications for decimalisation) along with counts for the various type of ticket: single, return, child, parcel and so on.

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Taken at 2139hrs on 7th February, 2014 with an Olympus E-10 digital SLR camera, post processed with Adobe Photoshop.

©2014 Tim Pickford-Jones.

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