新中国成立后，中国铁路的第一代火车票是硬板式火车票，为节约用纸，尺寸为57×25 毫米，票面印有盲文。正面印着出发地、目的地以及车价，反面用钢印显示乘车日期和时间。火车有快车、慢车之分，快车票面印有一条红线，特快车票面印有两条红线。这种火车票一直延续到上世纪末。小小的火车票上，承载了建国后的中国历史进程。2007年旧式火车票完全被全国联网的电子火车票取代，沿用了 100多年的硬板式火车票逐渐退出历史舞台。
China's train ticket vicissitude
To save paper, the dimensions of the first post-1949 generation of train tickets in China was 57mm by 25mm, with the information printed in Braille on the back. The speed difference was indicated by the number of vivid red lines printed on the ticket, with two red lines denoting the ‘extra fast’ train.
China’s train ticket vicissitude is also a record of the country’s many iconic historical moments, such as the Cultural Revolution chaos and the first years of open-up and reform.
Shenzhen Railway took the lead in computerized ticketing in the 1980s. Computerized ticketing became nationally standardized in 1997 when the country’s railway transport went through its first major speed upgrading. The year 2007 saw the debut of the first generation of China’s ‘electronic train tickets’ and the country’s new online-ticketing system. Realname online ticketing began nationally on January 1, 2012 in order to crack down on ticket scalpers. A newer ‘blue’ version first issued during the Spring Festival of 2012-2013 contains more details regarding passenger and cargo transport.