Thomas Edmondson, Lancaster


This stone plaque with metal inset lettering commemorates the birth place of one of Lancaster’s more famous sons. Thomas Edmondson was the inventor the the Edmondson railway ticket, a system for recording the payment of railway fares and of issuing tickets that replaced the laborious process of hand-wriiten tickets. Edmondson, who originally trained as a cabinet maker, became a station master on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway. His ticketing system was first introduced on the Manchester and Leeds Railway. The Edmondson railway ticket, made of card and measuring around 31mmx57mm, was printed in their hundreds of millions annually and was used across the UK railway network until 1990.

Location: Stonewell, Lancaster, Uk.


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