Ashford to Headcorn
One thing about pre-printed tickets, especially those for rarer types of tickets issued less often, was that they tended to last a long time. They could still be sitting in the rack at the ticket office years after they were printed. One example is this ticket for a child privilege return from Ashford (Kent) to Headcorn with the return journey valid up to a month. It was cheap at one-third of half price compared to an adult return.
I bought this ticket on New Year’s Eve 30th December 1981 and the price is still marked 9d (9 old pence) over a decade since the currency went decimal in 1971. Headcorn station has been rebuilt since then. Ashford, while always a busy junction, has now transformed into Ashford International station and is the hub of Kent’s high speed routes between London and the coast, part of the international Eurostar routes between London St Pancras, Brussels and Paris.