Title: Mr Gibson’s Ticket Machine
Author: Anthony Cross
Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing
Specification: 200mm x 210mm, 112pp, softback
The story of how London Transport mechanised bus ticketing in the 1950s has some parallels with Transport for London’s reluctance to replace conventional destination blinds with electronic displays.
In both cases, the move could have been made much earlier, but the older technology worked and none of the potential replacements met its exacting requirements. Only now are digital destination displays on the market with anything like the clarity of conventional blinds.