Railway tickets Edmonson
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I biglietti in cartone Edmonson sono stati fin dalla prima comparsa l’emblema delle Ferrovie dello Stato e dei viaggi in treno. Così chiamati in onore del ferroviere inglese che li ha ideati: sostituendo una prima forma di biglietto più ingombrante, senza perciò rinunciare a inserirvi tutte le informazioni relative al viaggio e ai passeggeri. I biglietti si sono evoluti nel corso degli anni; recentemente sono stati soppressi dalle Ferrovie dello Stato.
→ The Edmondson railway ticket was a system for recording the payment of railway fares and accounting for the revenue raised, introduced in the 1840s. It is named after its inventor, Thomas Edmondson, a trained cabinet maker, who became a station master on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway in England. He introduced his system on the Manchester and Leeds Railway. Previously, railway companies had used handwritten tickets, as was the practice for stagecoaches, but it was laborious for a ticket clerk to write out a ticket for each passenger and long queues were common at busy stations. A faster means of issuing pre-printed tickets was needed. There was also a need to provide accountability by serial-numbering each ticket to prevent unscrupulous clerks from pocketing the fares, since they had to reconcile the takings against the serial numbers of the unsold tickets at the end of each day. The Edmondson system came into general use with the creation of the Railway Clearing House in 1842, becoming the essential standard feature. ←