Clipper Card Machine – Manchester Bus Service – c1990s

14 Nov

Clipper Card Machine – front view. Courtesy. J. Shaw.

This is a Clipper Card machine c1990s from what was then the Greater Manchester Bus Service.

It is a Almex Model  M, a precursor of the modern magnetic card and smart card systems, such as the London Oyster Card which allows for single journeys throughout London via bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

One main difference being that Almex Model and the Clipper Card unlike the Oyster service in London was that they weren’t digital and relied on more traditional forms of data and information collection.

The machine entered service with the launch of the Clippercard in December 1979 by Greater Manchester Transport.

More on the history to follow shortly.

Clipper Card Machine – diagram. Courtesy. J. Shaw.

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