Changzhou collector keeps tens of thousands of train tickets
2018-06-25 14:32:00

Zhang Xiumin, who worked as a train ticket conductor for 18 years, has collected tens of thousands of train tickets of various times, materials, and types, since he started the hobby more than 30 years ago.

Born in Changzhou City in 1951, Zhang lived along the railway since childhood. In 1978, Zhang was assigned to work at the Changzhou Railway Station, assuming the position as a passenger ticket conductor from 1987 to his retirement.

Working in the railway sector has benefited him a lot in collecting tickets. In his study, his collections were organized and arranged neatly on the bookshelf.

After the founding of People’s Republic of China in 1949, the country’s first generation of train tickets was of hardboard and had been used until the end of the last century.

In 1996, along with the first major acceleration of the national railway speeds, the Ministry of Railways set the uniform pattern of tickets, replacing the hardboard version with soft paper tickets. Pointing to a ticket for air-conditioned hard seat for the train from Shijiazhuang City to Changzhou, which departed at 00:24 on November 28, 1996, Zhang said, "This is the first e-ticket at Changzhou. It means something special. I have to buy it."

In 2007, the old train tickets were completely replaced by electronic ones across the country. Since Jan. 1 in 2012, all passenger trains in the country have adopted a real-name ticket system, while the security barcode on the ticket became a two-dimensional code.

“My collection of railway tickets may reflect the history of China’s railway development and it is also a good memory for my life,” Zhang wrote on the title page of the collection book.

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