Train ticket inspection in 1940s and 1950s Britain
Ticket inspection at the start of a train journey
To get onto a railway station platform, we had to show our travel tickets or platform tickets to a member of station staff who would be standing at the platform gate. There was usually one or more of them on duty - although this wasn't always the case. Sometimes the tickets were snipped to confirm that they had been seen. Automatic barriers were years away.
Ticket inspection at the end of a train journey
To leave the platform at the end of a journey, we had to give up our tickets to a ticket collector who stood at the platform gate. I never understood how tickets could be inspected properly when hoards of passengers streamed on and off a busy train, but some passengers certainly were called back, so there must have been some cheating.
Platform gates: half open, fully open or shut?
The gates to platforms in mainline stations were half-closed for passengers entering, as shown in the first photo. This ensured single file and prevented anyone bypassing the checking process. The gates were fully opened for passengers leaving the platform, so minimising the crush of so many passengers leaving together. Platform gates were completely closed where there was currently no service.
Ticket inspection on trains
Tickets were not normally checked on the train although there were random inspections.