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UK local transportation tokens

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africancoins:
The first "NATIONAL TRANSPORT TOKEN" pieces were issued in 1973. I would reckon the 2 latest pieces shown by figleaf will be from the 1970's - I have had mine (think I have both) for a long time.

The earliest British transport tokens must be those older (must be Victorian) oval ones usually with a horse drawn carriage depicted along with legends detailing denomination (several pence), issuer name, town/city and the word "OMNIBUS".

The transit tokens in "early" plastics such as celluloid go back to the 1920's (perhaps a little earlier) and they are usually of the general style of the Johannesburg transit token shown at...

http://www.wbcc.fsnet.co.uk/aftsou4.htm

Somehow there are areas of the country that are yet to get onto the idea of the "National Transport Tokens" - earlier this year I got a piece that at the time I described as follows:-

British Transport Token - Central “50p” with “WOKINGHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL” above-around // two lines centrally “EXPIRES” / “31-03-09” with “CONCESSIONARY FARES TOKEN” above-around. White plastic, same shape and slightly smaller than current G.B. 50 Pence coin (25mm).

Likely that local authority will soon issue tokens that expire at the end of March 2012. But how can such a system be easier/cheaper than the "National Transport Tokens" system ?

From current use - it would seem that there are very few metallic British transport tokens other than the National Transport Tokens.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

andyg:

--- Quote from: africancoins on December 29, 2010, 11:18:56 PM ---British Transport Token - Central “50p” with “WOKINGHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL” above-around // two lines centrally “EXPIRES” / “31-03-09” with “CONCESSIONARY FARES TOKEN” above-around. White plastic, same shape and slightly smaller than current G.B. 50 Pence coin (25mm).

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Stafford borough issued plastic tokens upto the introduction of the new national free bus pass scheme, which, thinking about it, would have been early 2007.  I had thought that the district tokens would have ceased at this point but as ever there is exception to the rule.  Wokingham even now offer their own tokens instead of a national bus pass - but they have restrictions, if you have ever had a national bus pass you cannot switch to the tokens.
One wonders with the impending cuts (around 25 to 40%) to the UK concessionary fares budget how much longer these small local authorities will continue to go their own way.  The give away that Peter's aluminium tokens are from the 70's is the decimal 'p' and the value, with an average fare of around £1.55 one would need 78 two pence tokens each time you bought a ticket.

Figleaf:

--- Quote from: africancoins on December 29, 2010, 11:18:56 PM ---From current use - it would seem that there are very few metallic British transport tokens other than the National Transport Tokens.
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Here is one, a brass token from Darlington, coming in at 1.9 grams, 16.6-17.0 mm. The crown was added to the arms in 1974.

Peter

humpybong:


Ooooooh I like that...I collect transport token and have a strong collection of ferry tokens and passes from Australia.

Also have a few UK and USA transport (bus, train and tram) tokens.

 :)

Figleaf:
OK, I'll add some plastic tokens to this thread. There is a thread on US transportation tokens here and an Australian transportation token here. It would be good if you could open a thread on Australian tokens or add to these threads if possible.

Peter

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