Old Bus Tickets

M. E. T. Ltd – Bell Punch

MET_Ltd

Here is another ticket from the Sydney Page collection with only the initials of the operator. As with the recent S.C.T. tickets I know you all like trying to come up with the actual operator. I have blown up the left and right hand panels it may help, do you think that (EDTN) stands for edition?

MET_Ltd_CU

MET_Ltd_CU2

I have come across an operator called MET on the internet which stands for ‘Minibus Executive Travel’ who started operations in 1996 so I can rule them out. I doubt if there was such a thing as a minibus when this ticket was issued, but then again you may know different. I await your suggestions for the operator, in the meantime I will try and find another ticket for you to puzzle over.

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18/06/11 – 9:06

Another really fascinating and baffling one Peter – the only minor clue is that the operator is "Ltd.", thereby ruling out any Corporation or Council undertaking. The condition "To be shown or given up on demand" is not out of the ordinary but "Break of journey not permitted" is somewhat unusual on an actual ticket even when it is a condition of issue.

Chris Youhill

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18/06/11 – 11:25

Possibly M***** Electric Traction Ltd – i.e. a tramway or trolleybus operator (originally at least).

Stephen Ford

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18/06/11 – 12:01

Here’s a possibility : Peter Gould’s history of Oldham Corporation contains the following paragraph : "The Middleton Electric Traction Company, another BET subsidiary, commenced operations on a small section of line between Chadderton, at the Oldham boundary, and Rhodes, via Mills Hill and Middleton town centre, in 1902. The system was sold in 1925 to the participating local authorities and integrated with the Manchester Corporation system in Middleton, allowing through running from Oldham."

Stephen Ford

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18/06/11 – 18:13

M.E.T. = Metropolitan Electric Tramways, London, part of the Underground Group.
EDTN = Edmonton depot. There were other sets with other depot codes. The design was the last one before the LPTB took over in 1933, and there were later prints with LPTB title.
The London United Tramways (LUT) and the South Metropolitan Electric Tramways (SMET) both had similar tickets, again with separate sets for each depot.

David Harman

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19/06/11 – 11:37

Thanks David for a most prompt and comprehensive solution to a real teaser – your address wouldn’t be 221 Baker Street would it ??

Chris Youhill

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21/06/11 – 07:41

Edmonton Tram (to 1938) then trolleybus depot (to 1961), then bus garage was at the end of Tramway Avenue in Edmonton.
It can just be seen at the end of the road behind the trolleybus on this picture – http://www.trolleybus.net/subhtml/picture170.htm
It closed in 1986 and subsequently redeveloped.

Jon