Old Bus Tickets

Huddersfield Corporation – Ultimate


Though all but one of these carry the ‘Huddersfield’ title, note the odd 2d ticket above showing ‘Huddersfield J.O.S’. I often used to ride from Halifax to Huddersfield, and around Huddersfield itself on J.O.C. services and all the tickets showed ‘Huddersfield’ only. I occasionally rode on the Corporation’s trolleybuses too, and I’m sure they were the same. Does anybody know what the J.O.S. ticket is all about? Does it date from an earlier time?


These later Ultimate tickets replaced the earlier version, having the fare overprinted in a contrasting colour – presumably to save printing costs. All the tickets shown here were supplied by Bell Punch London.

Photograph and Copy contributed by John Stringer


11/04/12 – 06:13


You might like to add the attached to the current posting of Huddersfield Ultimates. As you see it was a special issue for the last week of the trolleybuses.

Stephen Ford

Yorkshire Woollen District Transport – Ultimate

YWD Ultimate

The last of my Yorkshire Woollen District tickets normal Ultimate tickets were used for the local routes in Dewsbury and the other Woollen District towns with heavier loadings and lower fares. Here is a selection of them note the 3½d ticket bottom left is of a different design all of them were printed by Bell Punch London.

Photograph and Copy contributed by John Stringer


14/03/12 – 07:04

The Ultimate tickets reminded me that my wife was a clippie at Frost Hill depot and she used this machine on Service G [The Track] Dewsbury to Cleckheaton and Service F [Batley to Birkenshaw. She recalls that a certain member of staff who will be nameless used to pick up clean tickets from the floor and sell them again. This individual later became an inspector.

Philip Carlton


22/03/12 – 13:50

This type of tickets were also issued by Darlington Corporation Transport, I worked for them back in the early seventies on one man routes, ticket machine as I recall was quite large with several rolls of different priced single tickets, to obtain the correct fare you sometimes had to issue two tickets of different prices I think they were all in old money 240d (pence to the pound) this made your brain work when a family of four or more got on the bus and adult and child fares had to be calculated.
Happy Memories.

Tony Swanston


24/03/12 – 18:23

Tony, was this by any chance the dreaded "Solomatic" – enormous big brother for OPO of the conductors’ "Ultimate" ? If so you have my deepest sympathy, as I suffered with the infernal things for years at Leeds City Transport. In order to avoid the expense of holding two different stocks of tickets Leeds used "Ultimate" rolls in these big machines. Cinema style "concertina" tickets were supposed to be used, where of course the machine had no weight to lift as the tickets were issued. With the heavy ticket rolls the machine sprocket would endlessly rip the tickets open vertically – especially when issuing "doubles" – causing delay and frustration.

Chris Youhill


27/03/12 – 07:29

Thanks Chris, You have answered a long standing question as to why those blasted ticket machines never seemed to work properly and you often ended up with ripped or partial tickets, I can remember having to issue doubles quite often and the frustration of having to renew ticket rolls part way through a long queue of boarding passengers. I eventually went to United who used motorised Setright machines much easier to operate, longer routes, faster buses and views of the surrounding countryside as a bonus.

Tony Swanston

Llandudno Urban District Council – Ultimate


Llandudno UDC operated a small and interesting fleet in the immediate environs of the town. One route followed the Marine Drive which encircled the Great Orme headland. Another terminated at St Tudno’s church, perched on the Great Orme and reached by a long gradient of 1 in 4. A couple of Fodens were purchased for this route, and were fitted with a sprag gear arrangement to prevent roll-backs. (Maybe someone will want to explain how this worked.) The ticket attached is obviously an Ultimate, and was for the circular tour, which was a trip of about 5 miles. I think it wasLlandudnoUDC_Reverse issued about 1964.


The conditions on the back would today fall foul of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, which more or less banned those famous diatribes disclaiming liability "for injury, loss, damage, delay or detention, to whomsoever or howsoever caused, whether or not by the neglect or default of the company, its servants or agents."




Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford