Thomas Edmondson and his Tickets
While working as a station master at Milton (later Brampton (Cumbria))on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, Edmonson devised the idea of a new type of railway ticket. This was a small piece of cardboard, pre-printed with journey details (as opposed to the then current hand-written paper bill). The tickets would be numbered by hand, and validated by a separate date-stamping press when purchased. This system was adopted by numerous railway systems and stood the test of time and only began to be superseded by more modern systems in the 1960s.
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