Old Bus Tickets

Southampton Corporation & Hants & Dorset Joint Services – Bell Punch

S C T and HD_bp           From the Sidney R G Page collection

Yet another S.C.T. ticket but no need to try and guess who it was this time it’s fairly self explanatory, Southampton Corporation & Hants & Dorset Joint Services. This arrangement apparently came about due to boundary changes in 1953 which brought large housing estates into the catchment area. I like how each ticket states where from and where to I looked up Radcliffe Road and West End which are to the North East of Southampton New Inn on the other hand is a bit more tricky as there is quite a few in the Southampton area. The reverse is blank by the way.


29/05/11 – 07:23

Lovely fascinating tickets indeed, but WHAT an expensive stock keeping and clerical nightmare must have been involved, and conductors would have needed a very steady hand and good eyesight for accurate punching. In their own right though, these are some of the neatest and nicest Bell Punch tickets I’ve ever seen.

Chris Youhill


30/05/11 – 06:29

It seems really weird to see a geographical Bell Punch ticket with a Television Centre as one of the stages!

David Beilby


30/05/11 – 10:37

Re: New Inn on the other hand is a bit more tricky.
Presumably it is the New Inn at West End as identified on several of the tickets and was served by the joint route 54.


S C T – F/Bridges – Ultimate

SCT F_Bridges

This is the second S. C. T. ticket this time there is the added clue of F/Bridges. The forward slash is little strange it sort of implies it is more a place rather than the proprietors name. I have done a search on Google Maps but could not find anything for Fxxxx Bridges and the full S.C.T. – F/Bridges on Google finds absolutely nothing. So does anyone know the operator that issued this Ultimate ticket, the reverse by the way is blank so no advert to help I’m afraid.

The ticket is from the Sidney R G Page collection.


14/05/11 – 18:11

I suspect this is not a bus ticket at all, but one for crossing a footbridge! This also means that the list of candidates for "SCT" may not be limited to those that operated buses.

David Beilby


14/05/11 – 18:12

Purely a guess, but might it not be a bus ticket at all? I am thinking that the addendum may stand for ‘ferries / bridges’ and used for river crossings of some sort. (I am thinking of something like the Middlesbrough Transporter, but that would have been MCT rather than SCT)

David Todd


14/05/11 – 19:11

This a ticket for the Southampton Corporation floating bridge ferry that operated from Southampton to Woolston until the Woolston Bridge opened in 1977. In fact several SCT bus routes operated from the Southampton side of the floating bridge to the Woolston side (eg route 1) – going of course the long "dry" way round via the city centre and Bitterne! According to the book "Farewell to the Floating bridges" Ultimate tickets were used on the floating bridge from 1950 until 1971.



19/05/11 – 08:08

The use of Ultimates and TIMs for non transport uses was not that uncommon. Setrights and Almexes less so, but not unknown.
One and two-unit Ultimates were more often used for car parking and such than on buses (due to the limited range), and TIMs were fairly common for things like local authority parks and swimming baths, deckchair hire and so on.
Such TIM machines do occasionally turn up on the market, and often have interesting claims made for them about councils that were never bus / tram operators…
My collection of machines includes a ‘Cotswold Marinas’ alphabetic TIM machine (bought in a state where it was seized up and I had no idea who the operator was, but I thought it was worth having at the price…)
I also have one unit and a two unit Ultimate machines, both from non PSV use.
I also somewhere have an (unissued) Lincolnshire Road Car Automacheckit / Bellgraphic ticket for parking – I’ve not been able to identify where or when this was used, my guess is that they let visiting cars or coaches park (for a small fee) at one of their coastal depots in season.



26/05/11 – 07:02

On the subject of non bus use for ticket machines. The former Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society issued Bellgraphic machines to their home delivery soft drinks sellers unlike the rest of their operations which used the famous "divi" number and cheque system

Chris Hough