In 1968 a new Limited Stop service X68 commenced between Halifax and Sheffield via Huddersfield, with an occasional all-stops and more meandering variant – service 68. This incorporated the former Sheffield and Yorkshire Traction service 68 which had operated just between Huddersfield and Sheffield. The new service was operated jointly by Halifax J.O.C., Huddersfield J.O.C., Sheffield (C-fleet) and Yorkshire Traction, who each provided one vehicle.
This was a much longer route than anything Halifax had operated before, and the Ultimate machines would have had to issue handfuls of multiple tickets to cope with the high fares. Consequently a pair of TIM machines were purchased, carrying serial numbers 1000 and 1001 – one and a spare. Whereas normally each conductor or o-m-o driver had their own Ultimates, the TIM machine stayed with the bus working the 68/X68 all day. I think we operated two trips a day, each with a different driver. To operate every day and to cover for rest days there were three senior drivers allocated to the Sheffield Rota. To make up their daily hours they would work a bit of local service also when they would use their own Ultimates. The TIM’s were not used on any other service, but around 1970 a single Limited Stop morning-peak shortworking was introduced between Halifax and Huddersfield as service X42, before operating the first trip through to Sheffield, and they were used on that also. The X42 became my regular bus to Huddersfield Polytechnic, but it only lasted for a short while. These tickets are probably very rare now.
Photograph and Copy contributed by John Stringer
17/03/12 – 08:12
Huddersfield had two TIM machines, 1 and 2. The reason for the TIMs was of course that Sheffield and YTC used them.
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18/03/12 – 12:05
Got me thinking John when I read your post that I had an Halifax TIM but I did most of collecting 1962-5 so I could not of got it from the Sheffield route. I think I got it from a bus on the 48 or 49 Hebden Bridge – Brighouse route. Maybe they were trying out a TIM for that route it must of been the longest they had at the time.
Since scanning the ticket I can not find the tickets I think I have two I will have put them in the wrong envelope, unfortunately I have about 250 of them. Hey Ho!
18/03/12 – 15:28
I am most surprised to see this one. The 48/49 routes passed our house and were regularly used by me and the family, and I certainly do not ever recall seeing TIM’s being used. As you suggest, it was probably on trial. The machine number is 84 – different to the ones used later.
18/03/12 – 15:33
John the ticket machine number is actually B4, if that helps at all. I will organise a search party to try and find it and its friend.
19/03/12 – 09:50
Halifax TIM B4 was a one-off, presumed for demonstration purposes. They also had some Setrights on trial at one time too which were "dual area" machines. I actually have one, SET7 although this has been converted back to normal configuration.
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