Passengers buying tickets at Victoria Station, London, 1951.
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This station handled many thousands of commuters each day, as well as passengers travelling to the continent. Booking tickets at this time was a more complicated procedure than it is now. Different tickets were needed for all the different classes and destinations, as well as large seating or sleeping plans for every train for the booking clerk to fill in. Today, tickets are now issued and seats allocated by computer.