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Almex M
The most innovative Almex product at this time was probably the Almex M, a precursor of the modern magnetic card and smart card systems. The system in brief: The passenger purchased a ticket of 1 to 12 journeys at departure the card was placed in the M model which then devalued the card for that journey by clipping a small piece of the card ,Information about boarding stage ,date, and time was also stored on the card. More than 50,000 sold and a estimated 2000 still in service around the world. 2009
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10 Comments

Reply Ash
11:10 AM on April 26, 2016 
The WYPTE machines went live over the summer of 1983 - installed by a team of 11 from Edenbridge (UK) and Solna (Sweden). I was one of the Brits!!

Great fun - but as a 21 year old at the time I was amazed at the abuse bus drivers in Yorkshire used to take from the public. I'd never seen it in the south.

I reckon I could still find my way around Kirkstall Works and the Hall Ings Interchange in the dark! Good old days.

And - if you knew what you were doing - you could always get 11 or 12 trips from a 10 trip card :-)
Reply Bent Gerts a-s
9:48 AM on September 17, 2014 
Hi Heikki.
We still produce, sell and repair Almex M machines. And we are also able to supply New ink tape.
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Heikki says...
Hi

Does anybody know where can I get a new ink tape for Almex M machine? Or is there A way to "fill" the old tape?
Reply Heikki
9:04 AM on February 25, 2014 
Hi

Does anybody know where can I get a new ink tape for Almex M machine? Or is there A way to "fill" the old tape?
Reply Steven
8:51 PM on October 13, 2013 
Hello, is it possible to find a technical manual of that machine? I'm looking for power input numbers (just to be sure) and It's very hard to find information about this ticket machine: it was easy to find in Portuguese buses until the first years of 2000, now it's quite rare.
Reply David Hodgkinson
6:13 AM on April 25, 2010 
ClipperCards were introduced to the GMPTE area in December 1979. Cards had 10 single journeys and were sold for the price of 9 journeys. They were sold in Post Offices, SaverSales shops including the mobile shop (converted LUT Bristol CTE 474E) and staffed British Rail stations throughout the Greater Manchester area.

Four major types were available:
Standard ClipperCard
Off-peak ClipperCard
Concessionary ClipperCard
Teen Travel Club ClipperCard

ClipperCards were discontinued in 2004 by GMPTE.

This system was also used in the following areas:
Metro West Yorkshire PTE: Saver Strip
Eastbourne Buses: The Dunky Card
Nottingham City Transport

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Reply Gerts
9:11 AM on March 22, 2010 
Could any one help with contact information of those who had this Almex M in operation. We could use some of these as spare parts for our machines. Any help would be appreciated.
Reply Shalroth
3:29 PM on September 29, 2009 
This system was in use in West Yorkshire between 1991 (when I moved to the area) and 1993 (when it was phased out). The prepaid cards were marketed as 'Saver Strips.' The machines rang a bell when the card was decremented, leading to the marketing phrase 'Ker-ching your saverstrip!'

When the machines had been removed from the fleet, you could see they were connected to the bus' electrical system using a DE-9 connector as found on PC RS232 serial ports and Atari joysticks! Bus drivers carried a hand-punch to decrement the cards after the machines were removed (or failed).
Reply pet shop boy
6:46 AM on September 9, 2009 
these machines were used for saverstrips in west yorkshire
Reply Cogsinister
9:53 PM on August 14, 2009 
We had these in Bury Lancs, The Clippercard !!!!
Reply darrengsaw
12:22 PM on July 23, 2009 
I remember these on the MultiRide routes, the W3 Northumberland Park to Finsbury Park used them. Happy days