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Bradford (?) TIM 520
Early post-war TIM 520, believed to be ex Bradford, although the name has been ground off the print plate. Ticket classes are EMF, C, O (Early morning fare, child, ordinary) Fares range from 1d to 9d, with 9d being at the 'resting' position of the dial. I have heard it suggested these machines were the post-war batch of London Transport machine, which LT stopped using in 1959, and would therefore have been fit for further use. Or maybe the LT machines were just very similar in outward appearance. Can anyone shed any light on this?
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3 Comments

Reply Frans van de Rivière
6:44 AM on June 28, 2011 
There is currently a nice series of 8 photos of Bradford TIM 370 on http://cgi.ebay.nl/OLD-BRADFORD-CITY-BUS-CONDUCTORS-TICKET-MACHIN
E-/320720290861?pt=UK_Collectables_Bus_CoachCollectables_SM&hash=
item4aac6b442d. An unusual feature of the Bradford TIMs is that the 'rest' position is a whopping 9d (always necessitating dialling the correct fare), where most users had the (then current) lowest adult fare in that position. Does anyone know how the fare range was on London TIMs? Bradford was a pre-war TIM user already, and post-war TIMs are recorded for 1951, 1953 and later, making it unlikely that (in 1959 or later) London TIMs were replated for Bradford use. http://www.yorkshireteabags.co.uk/TIMListB.htm
Reply KK 69521
7:08 PM on December 3, 2010 
T.M.W says...
Interesting connection to L.T,as they are very similar spec machines.


Yes - I'm not sure whether it's the similarity in style and some of the class codes (I assume LT's post war TIMs had the same classes as Gibsons, which would include ORD, C, EMS) that led to an unfounded rumour they were the same machines, or whether there really is any substance to it.

Dave Aspinwall's site shows some Bradford TIM tickets with dates in the early 50s, so I'm getting less convinced, although I'd have thought that LT would have sold the machines on somewhere.

There is a photo of a LT conductress with a post-war TIM on the front page of "London Bus Routes" page (busesatwork.co.uk) - Camberwell (Q) Cricklewood (W), and Victoria (GM) garages used post-war TIM machines until 1959.
Reply T.M.W
10:10 AM on December 3, 2010 
This is a Bradford Corp T.I.M,my personal favorite of all mechanical ticket machines,due to my first ever ticket machine acquisition being B.C.T -T.I.M 302 back in 1976 direct from SYTE.
Interesting connection to L.T,as they are very similar spec machines.