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6 Roll Ultimate LT U866
6 Roll Ultimate ex London Transport U866, with cosmetic restoration. Machine fitted with one genuine Southampton City Transport ticket roll and five replica part-rolls produced at home using Microsoft Excel ... can you spot which is which? ... This is the same machine depicted before cosmetic restoration in picture 2 above.
Posted by juanito on March 3, 2010 Slideshow

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Reply juanito
12:05 AM on November 14, 2010 
Yep, the genuine roll is the 5p one, all the others are produced using the 'Shapes and Draw' tabs in Excel ... scan an original single ticket, scale it up to 1:1 scale as an imported image into Excel, match the font and linework as an over-lay, delete the original ticket image, copy the single ticket artwork to produce a column of say 6 tickets vertically on an A4 sheet, amend the ticket sequence numbers in the column, copy that column across the sheet four or five times to produce the different denominations and change the background colours, print them off onto A4 paper. Cut each column of 6 tickets, then I use a leather punch to perforate each ticket in the correct place, then pop each length of 6 tickets into their appropriate slot in the machine. Fairly simple for a cosmetic look to give the impression that the machine has a full set of rolls ... better if you can get all the original rolls on Ebay though!!! ... sadly, not always possible these days unfortunately! ...
Reply Andrew Jeffreys
4:38 PM on March 17, 2010 
I'm going to hazard a guess that the original roll is the second from left (5p) value. No particular reason other than that the serial number / letters seem to be better aligned as they would be if properly printed! It may be the shilling value roll but that seems too obvious given that all the other rolls have overprinted values.

Actually, it would be very interesting if you could share how you produced the replicas. They certainly look the part but must have been fairly labour-intensive to cut and perforate.