Historic photos: British Rail computerisation

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In 1984 British rail announced that Thorn-EMI had won a £25 million contract to supply computerised ticket-issuing systems for use in both fixed and portable roles.

The picture shows the Portable Ticket-Issuing System (PORTIS), a battery-operated microprocessor­-based, portable machine printing tickets from blank stock.

Identifier: CW-THORNEMI-001

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Each month TNMOC curators highlight an image from the Computer Weekly photo collection held at the museum. The collection contains about 10,000 images of computer scenes and equipment. A selection of images and a link to the catalogue is on the TNMOC Flickr account.

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