In 1973 unfortunately my mother died
and I was walking with my father
down the road in Addiscombe where
we lived and we were just going past
Bingham Road railway station.
My mum had been dead just a few
weeks and I remember saying to
my dad what am I going to do
without mum? I don’t know what
answer I was expecting
but in hindsight now I’m older
the answer you might expect
“times a healer” or
“we will get through this”
or “we will stick together”.
But instead in answer to the question
what would I do without her he simply
said“collect platform tickets”
as if it was an answer he had prepared
to answer all of life’s problems
and it was just waiting for the moment
to get the question and give the answer.
I said “what’s a platform ticket?”.
He took me into Bingham Road railway
station and I bought the first platform
ticket and that’s got the date on the
back which is 20th March 1973.
And thereafter the collection just
sort of grew. I think it’s just a
nice nostalgic collection
it takes anyone of an age
to the days of platform tickets when,
obviously designed to meet people,
greet people or send people off.
So if you got a loved one who is going
off on their journeys the partner or family
would be on the platform to wave them off
and similarly be on the platform to meet
them so there’s a certain happiness and
sadness related to the whole concept of
platform tickets, a great story
of railways at the time.