TIM Ticket Machines in London
"The TIM machine was being
developed, I believe, during the late 1920s but the manufacturers
considered their first success to be in 1931 when an intensive test of 100
machines in actual service conditions was carried out on buses and trams
by the London General Omnibus Company. The test having proved successful,
London General then ordered several hundred machines for widespread use on
their system. The TIM machine was then put into production for the general
TIM Ticket Machines in Edinburgh
"I know that Edinburgh, after
initial trials, took delivery of their first 100 TIMs in 1933 for use
initially at Tollcross depot before gradually extending their use
throughout the tram network and onto some bus services by 1935.
I would suggest, therefore, that
this photograph probably dates from the early 1930s, possibly even from
the time of the initial trial.
Sorry I can't be any more
specific than that but, with luck, someone out there may recognise their
mother in the photo and be able to date it with greater certainty.
Other TIM Ticket Machines
"Digressing slightly, you may be
interested to know that, although all Edinburgh's machines were of the
commonest 'Standard TIM' variety, the company also offered, from the early
days, the 'TIM Major' variety.
This was intended for use by
operators of longer routes. It could issue tickets of up to 4s 11d
Alan R Hall,
Sedgefield, County Durham, England: February 24, 2012