The Romance of the Rail

BC's West Coast representation, Maradoll, spotted this 1930s Southern Railway ticket to Brockley on eBay. Starting bid is a bargain 2.99. Roughly the price that an actual ticket to Brockley would cost.

11 comments:

thismothersday said...

It's actually a platform ticket, though, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Yes.

MalB said...

You try getting a platform ticket now in order to accompany somebody onto the platform. It is extremely difficult. The machines don't sell them and the staff look at you quite weirdly when you ask for one (although will let you through free if you ask kindly).

The DLR stations are similar but worse because they are unmanned.

In fact, what you have to do according to the terms and conditions is by the lowest price child rate fare you can from the ticket machines. However there is no instruction to this effect on the ticket machine, no "platform ticket" icon/button and no easy way of determining what is the lowest child rate fare.

I do sometimes wish for the days of the Edmonson ticket to return. They were pretty things.

Anonymous said...

Why would you only want to go down to the platform? Say your goodbyes at the gate!

Tamsin said...

To help your aged parents onto the train with their luggage (no porters now), to ensure that your young teenage children get onto the right train when setting off for the first time alone, to do a Celia Johnson and wave a damp handkerchief to the last possible moment, or just to be friendly and continue chatting if the train is delayed or cancelled.

The loss of the Edmonson tickets makes me regret that I did not save more of them (especially if they go on e-bay for a fiver +). Anyone remember the green weeklies - overprinted with a large randomly issued number. Having saved a year's worth or more, it seems the numbers were not entirely random - no double digits (22,33 etc.) for some unfathomable reason

Brockley Nick said...

I had never heard of a platform ticket before thismothersday mentioned it.

Tressilliana said...

You young thing!

Tamsin said...

Life has passed you by! How do you think little boys could afford get on to the platforms for a couple of hours train-spotting after school?

Forgive an early plug for two Telegraph Hill Festival events but "romance of the rail" makes it relevant. I've just bought the DVDs for showings of "The Elephant Will Never Forget", the last tram into New Cross Gate, and "Terminus" (John Schlesinger), a documentary charting a day in the life of Waterloo Station - very Celia Johnson.

Andy Endwell said...

Ah all this nostalgia - as a child in Cornwall my mum would go into Truro shopping on a Saturday,she would buy a platform ticket for me and then go off to shop whilst I got on to the footplate of every steam locomotive that came into the station and used to get rides on the station pilot engine. My mum would return and collect her sooty oily son! Nowadays she would doubtless be reported to Social Services.

Brockley Nick said...

@Tamsin - yes... I still don't feel that I've missed out. I grew up near Maze Hill station, where you could happily walk on to the platform without buying a ticket. Likewise, you can access Brockley without a ticket (for the time being) and I have always assumed that if you asked nicely, they would let you through the gates without a ticket.

And I have never given much thought to the plight of the train spotter...

mg said...

The Elephant Will Never Forget is really lovely, I saw it at the NFT a few years ago.

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