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Inside of Plessey Ticket Machine (Ink roller)

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Inside of Plessey Ticket Machine (Ink roller)
This machine I believe went into service with Sheffield Transport in 1970/71. It had been modified for decimal currency by restricting the movement of the levers. This photo shows the insides while I was giving it a clean. The printing surfaces were badly clogged with muck. Also I was repairing the serial number mechanism as it no longer incremented. It turned out to be two teeth missing on the only plastic cog in the whole machine.
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Reply I hate you Butler
12:29 AM on January 20, 2013 
David Challis says...
Hi, I've just picked up a TIM machine with the date stuck at FE35 and the ticket stamp shows Bolton C. Transport... what kind of ink would be best to invigorate that which remains and would I be guessing right at using meths to clean the printing internals of "muck" :o)
Cheers
David


It's all metal around there apart from (in my case) one plastic cog on the serial number counter so meths shouldn't hurt. I used a solvent called Inhibisol which when brushed on seemed the flush away much of the gunk in there. I used a typewriter typeface cleaning brush with it. It has very short stiff bristles and cleaned the ink from the printing parts nicely. I'm sure an old toothbrush would do a similar job if it doesn't dissolve first :-)

I bought some Reiner ink from ebay. All I could get was black. Not ideal but it was the right stuff. It is oil based and printed nice and even.
Reply David Challis
3:22 PM on January 19, 2013 
Hi, I've just picked up a TIM machine with the date stuck at FE35 and the ticket stamp shows Bolton C. Transport... what kind of ink would be best to invigorate that which remains and would I be guessing right at using meths to clean the printing internals of "muck" :o)
Cheers
David