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TICKET STYLES AND COLOURS

Edmondson tickets

The first card ticket named after its originator, Thomas Edmondson, appeared in 1836. The standard card ticket, in a larger format, which measures 1316 X 2 inches and are commonly 132 inch thick, varied little in format over the years, from its introduction in 1838 until its displacement by APTIS after 1987. The conventional colours gradually evolved by the pre-grouping companies, and latterly adopted by the major companies, following an international convention, were as follows from the mid-1930s onwards:

First class: yellow, white

Second class: green, blue

Third class: brown, buff or green

Workman's: grey

Bicycle: terra cotta

Dog: vermilion

Pram: pink

Various: orange

Pink was also commonly used for second class tickets prior to 1930, with blue as a substitute

There were some significant variations from this scheme. For example, the G.W.R. used a blue 'motif' overprint on its white first class tickets and a similar green overprint on some green third class tickets. Mauve was adopted by the L.N.E.R. for all of its Multiprinter tickets. In general the colours shown in bold were commonly used, together with yellow (1st class) and buff (3rd class) for excursion tickets. Latterly mauve was applied to Special Cheap Day tickets and blue to other special tickets in B.R. days.

Return tickets were usually of the two-piece variety in landscape style, i.e. in a two-fold format that was torn in half at the end of the outward journey.

After the Nationalisation the various regions were indicated by initials in brackets on the face of the ticket: W, S, M, E, N (North Eastern), H (Scottish).

In 1969 (on the S.Region), portrait style (National Cash Register) tickets were introduced and the return tickets were of the one-piece variety.

For ease of recognition some tickets were overprinted with bold letters in red (L.N.E.R., S.R., B.R.) or in outline black (G.W.R., L.M.S.).

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