Old Bus Tickets

Stockton Corporation – TIM


Here is the third in my S.C.T. series of tickets, this time it is a TIM, it is a little different to the normal TIMs in that it has a few extra boxes. To the very left you can see A.M. and P.M. each in its own box and to the right of the operators name is IN and to the left OUT, most TIMs I have come across do not have those. I am not all that certain just why they are there, as none of them are marked in away to imply it is A.M. or P.M. and whether the passenger is going IN or OUT, unless the reason for them is just to be punched by an inspector.
The previous S.C.T. Setright Speed ticket had the initials exactly the same as the TIM above so I thought I had better check to see if Sunderland Corporation ever used TIMs, according to BBF north east they did not, so who is this S.C.T.? If you know please leave a comment


22/05/11 – 08:41

I was a conductor on Salford City Transport in the late 50s, & S.C.T was printed as your ticket, but they did not carry the AM/PM logo. The service No. may have helped. but is missing. Sorry I can’t be more help.

By the way can anyone tell me please, what type of ink I should use to re-ink a TIM ticket issuing machine?

Barrie Newton


22/05/11 – 08:43

I think it is Stockton Corporation Transport. According to the Yorkshire Teabags website (yes, really!) they issued tickets with the AM/PM and OUT/IN notations in the same places, and the "Issued subject to bye-laws…" turned to the rather unusual orientation shown here. The examples they show carry the full Stockton CT title, but the pattern is so similar that it seems certain that this is the real identity.

Stephen Ford


22/05/11 – 08:45

SCT = Stockton Corporation Transport, who used TIMs for many years until replaced by Setrights. Again, the punch boxes may have been to do with transfer tickets, which were at one time quite common. Or for returns.

David Harman


24/05/11 – 07:59

In answer to the question "what type of ink I should use to re-ink a TIM ticket issuing machine?"
Most importantly, it needs to be an oil based ink, not a water based ink – most inks readily available are water based, but this of course will start causing the moving bits of the print plate (ticket number etc) to rust.
These people do a suitable ink – red ink (suitable for pre war TIMs) is available off the shelf, purple / violet ink (as most operators used post-war) can be got as a special order, and is about twice the price of the off the shelf ones.
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I presume you know how to get at the ink roller on a TIM, so I won’t bore everyone with it, but can advise if you want.
As an aside, I am led to believe that TIMs were first made using red ink, on the basis that this was used in and readily available for postal franking machines, and that some of the ideas leading to TIMs came from franking machines.