Saturday, 24 March 2012

Travelling By Railway Without a Ticket - 1851

It seems that ticket collectors encountered the same problems in 1851 as they do today...

'Joseph Haigh was charged with travelling from Swinton to Masbro' without a ticket. On the the 1st of March the defendant got out of the train shortly before it reached the platform at Masbro', and was making off when the porter saw him and brought him to the station. On being asked for his ticket, he pretended to have lost it, and when asked for the fare was exceedingly abusive. It appeared that this was the fourth time the defendant had attempted to impose on the railway by travelling without a ticket...Defendant said he took a ticket at Doncaster, but lost it on the way...In reply, it was stated that enquiries had been made at Doncaster, and it appears that only two tickets were issued by the train on that morning for Masbro' both of which came to hand, The Bench were of the opinion that the defendant had been guilty of wilful falsehood, and thought the case was one for the infliction of the full penalty of 40s and costs, or one month's imprisonment.'

From the The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, Saturday, April 05, 1851, p.6

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