Old Bus Tickets

Barrow Corporation – Punched


This ticket was contributed by Ron Wood with the following comment:-

“The Barrow Tram Ticket was found when some Lino was taken up and I have no idea how it got there.”

I thought that was quit amusing and then thought no more about it, until I was looking into something else in BBF 6 Lancashire Municipals and noticed Barrow Corporation, I know, Barrow, Lancashire, another story.

Barrow abandoned their tram system in 1932, Linoleum was invented by Englishman Frederick Walton in 1855 so every possibility of that, but from pre 1932 to today that is a rather old piece of Lino. So back to Ron to find out if he could shed a little more light on the matter his reply was:-

“My father was in the marines during the war (my brother following in his footsteps for the Borneo campaign in the early 60′s) and he did travel to Barrow but it would not have been before 1932 (and I don’t think the house with the Lino is that old – either just prewar or postwar).”

So there we are, another mysteriously interesting little snippet that may be solved one day, you never know.

Ron also sent along four sample Willebrew multiple journey tickets I shouldn’t think there would be much left of the 24 journey ticket after it had been punched fifty times. So if the ticket above is a tram ticket to keep things correct, below are the bus tickets.

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12/11/11 – 14:57

These Williamson punch tickets (not Willebrew) are very interesting as they illustrate different travelling pattern options I believe. Oddly enough I’d just seen for the first time a Pontypridd 4-journey ticket which stated in the conditions that it was "Available for two return journeys on the day of issue. One journey after 3 p.m.". It had sections to punch for the first return, second forward and second return journeys.
What I believe these Barrow ones are for is one or two return journeys a day for five or six days of the week. I wonder if there were later eleven and twenty-two journey options to take account of a half-day on a Saturday?

David Beilby


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Thanks for that David I was just going on the wording on the ticket. I thought it was strange how do you keep a record of journeys if you cut of part of the ticket. I have changed the heading to ‘Punched’ only. I will also ask Ron if there is any wording on the rear of the ticket that may help.



17/11/11 – 10:01

The two return journeys a day obviously reflects the practice common in many industrial areas of workers travelling home for their mid-day meal which in the north was always referred to as dinner.
In the northern towns there was a heavy peak time period in the middle of the day with many services being duplicated by extras and short workings. It was an interesting time for spotting as many of the older vehicles made an appearance during the dinner time peak.

Philip Halstead