Oyster card supplier backs teen’s rail ticket world record bid
James Connelly, 19, with his collection of 87,000 train tickets
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jun 2018
A TEENAGER who is hoping to break the world record for his remarkable collection of train tickets has received the backing of a leading Hull business.
Paragon ID, which recently secured a contract with Transport for London to continue supplying all Oyster Cards used in the capital, contacted James Connelly when they found out about his record attempt.
James, who lives in Huddersfield, has so far collected about 87,000 train tickets, and is hoping to smash the world record of 163,235 set by a German man in 2004.
Paragon ID are backing James all the way on his bid to make history.
Sarah McLaughlin, key account director for Paragon ID, said: “I noticed James’s story and simply couldn’t resist getting in touch to hear more about it.
“As a leading ticketing provider that has been manufacturing magnetic products for the rail industry for more than 100 years, we are certainly well placed to help out.
“As passengers and train operators move towards smart products, we are pleased James is marking the transition from ‘tangerine tickets’ in such a visible and celebratory way. We wish him the very best of luck.”
Sarah McLaughlin, of Paragon ID
Train tickets are to go paperless from next year, so the clock is ticking for James to collect the 90,000 more tickets he needs to break the record.
Printed rail tickets have been in use since 1843, after Thomas Edmondson invented it when working as a station master on the Newcastle and Carlisle railway.
As smart ticketing is set to roll out next year, Paragon ID wants to mark this occasion by championing the young man and his record-breaking dream.
This year alone, James has managed to collect about 70,000 tickets.
With a specialist company in Paragon ID, who have a worldwide reach, by his side, he is now destined to reach his goal and take the title as a world record holder.
When approached by Paragon ID, James Connelly was taken aback.
He said: “I never thought I’d attract attention from such a big company and I was really happy when they said that they wanted to help out.
“It was around May 2014 that I started my collection with about 50 tickets from various journeys, and I thought that it’d be good idea to try to break a world record.
“It just continued from there. Who knows? With a bit of luck, I could be making it into the Guinness Book of World Records.”
Paragon ID recently secured a £2.2m contract to manufacture Oyster Cards used in London.
The deal will run throughout this year.