There as been a posting from Stephen Ford for Chesterfield Corporation Ultimate tickets so I had a look through the Old Bus Tickets collection and came across the above Automacheckit ticket. I also have quite a few older punched type tickets that have very interesting advertisements on the reverse I will post them sooner than later. Anyway do you think that the above ticket was an emergency ticket which as been mentioned previously on site. The fare is only 10d which for a ticket that is so slow to issue seems a little strange mind you it is for 15 stages, or did Chesterfield Corporation actually use Automacheckit tickets on a regular basis.
21/11/11 – 11:35
These tickets were used on the longer routes to Sheffield i.e. routes 62/64 and the Sheffield joc route 26 from Pond St to Killamarsh these routes were jointly run by Sheffield joc, Chesterfield Corporation and East Midland Motor Service and the run to Killamarsh was a fill in run to eliminate a long layover. An enjoyable set of routes to conduct this was around the early 1960,s when the other tickets used were Bell Punch and Ultimates
These Ultimates from Chesterfield Corporation were not, as you might have thought, issued as two 6d and two 5d tickets. They actually represent two 11d fares, and date from about 1965, when I and a friend made a Saturday morning pilgrimage to Barrow Hill loco shed. 11d was the fare from Chesterfield to Staveley. Neither of us were the scruffy anorak type (even at age 16), and we marched boldly up to the shedmaster’s office in shirts, ties and sports jackets, asking respectfully whether we might view the goodies. He promptly called a labourer to accompany us and off we went to see innumerable Austerities, a few 8Fs and the odd 9F. All in all a very profitable half-day. I seem to remember the buses in both directions were the tin-front Leyland PD2s with Orion style bodywork. As you see the tickets were printed by Bell Punch Co. One interesting feature is the three classes specified – Single, Joint Return, and Workman’s Return. I presume Chesterfield did not issue ordinary returns on its own in-town routes, only those longer distance ones that it shared with partners. Perhaps someone will come back with more information about this aspect.
Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford
16/10/11 – 17:15
Yes, most operators used fixed combinations to give accountancy.
Another example is Bournemouth who used a 7d and double-1d for 9d, as various combinations of 3d would be a double-3d which was a 6d fare and a 3d which was a fare in its own right – but this changed when the 1½d was replaced by a 6d ticket.
I’m away at present, but when I get home I’ll try to find the combinations used on both the usual 6-position machines and the different combinations for the 5-position ‘spare and holiday time’ machines.
I believe that all machines had the three positions for printing the fare stage, often used for Adult, Child and Return, although other headings were used – Transfer, etc. Bournemouth used SINGLE – JOINT – RETURN although I’ve forgotten their use for Joint, and I’ve seen ORD. – CHILD – COM. on London Ultimates.