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The webmaster, Pat Cryer, as a young child

Train ticket inspection in
1940s and 1950s Britain

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Ticket inspection at the start of a train journey

Ticket collector checking or collecting passengers' train tickets at the beginning or end of a journey. Enhanced details of screenshots from old films

1940s ticket collector checking and collecting passengers' train tickets as they leave a platform at a large city rail terminus

Leaving a platform at a large terminus.

1940s ticket collector checking a passenger's train tickets as he enters a platform at a large city rail terminus

Entering a platform at a large terminus. The passenger appears to be only just in time for the train as the gate is already half closed and no other passengers are in sight.

1940s ticket collector checking and collecting passengers' train tickets at the end of a journey to a small rural station

Leaving a platform at a small rural station.

To get onto a railway station platform, we had to show our travel tickets or platform tickets to a member of station staff who would be standing at the platform gate. There was usually one or more of them on duty - although this wasn't always the case. Sometimes the tickets were snipped to confirm that they had been seen. Automatic barriers were years away.

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Ticket inspection at the end of a train journey

To leave the platform at the end of a journey, we had to give up our tickets to a ticket collector who stood at the platform gate. I never understood how tickets could be inspected properly when hoards of passengers streamed on and off a busy train, but some passengers certainly were called back, so there must have been some cheating.

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Ticket inspection on trains

Tickets were not normally checked on the train although there were random inspections.

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Pat Cryer, webmaster

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