Historical information

Railway Ticket Dater
Edmundson Ticket Dater, made in Britain.
Complete with type.

Circa 1920


At the heart of the booking office is the ticket dating press. This is used to print or impress the date on the ticket so validating it for use.

These machines were developed by the Edmondson Company in the 19th century and Waterlow also produced similar machines. Even the smallest station had one and larger stations often had dozens.

The most common variety in the UK printed the date on the ticket by using printers' type and an inked ribbon. Another variety impressed the date of the ticket with special sharp type. This was specially useful in hot climates where the ink dried out very quickly and also had the advantage of avoiding the use of the ribbon and the need to re-wind and re-ink it.


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Physical description

Railway Ticket Dater made of Steel and black inked ribbon