That's really something Paul. I saw a documentary on DW TV about a year ago about an underground network, in Germany, run by compressed air, to send mail and other stuff in sealed containers between buildings, but I've never heard anything of it since. Apparently, there also used to be a system used in the UK in multi-storey Commercial buildings that used a Vacuum system to transport money and other things between floors, have you ever heard of this?.
Re: London's Post Office Railway#139219 10/24/0308:38 PM10/24/0308:38 PM
Ahh yes. Mail tubes. Various department stores here in the USA use those canisters shooting through conduit to bring cash directly to the registers. IKEA and Home Depot come to mind.
The vacuum mail tubes were big around the turn of the century. There were people in the mailrooms whose job was to sort and send out small envelopes in these canisters to the different departments. Most of the mailrooms would be located in the basement.
I've heard that here in the Financial District section of Manhattan, there was a network of large mail tubes to send correspondence and small packages underground. The last I heard was that some telecom utilities wanted to use sections of these abandoned pipes to run telephone cables. Don't know whatever became of this.
Re: London's Post Office Railway#139220 10/25/0308:00 AM10/25/0308:00 AM
Supermarkets and even small convenience stores here in Ireland use those tubes to transport cash around the store. It makes sense to keep the tills emptied regularly from a security perspective and avoids someone having to go around from till to till collecting it.
Re: London's Post Office Railway#139222 10/26/0303:21 AM10/26/0303:21 AM
Paul, Sorry about the threadjack. I was just having another look at the Maintanence section and I read that they actually turn the rails around from time to time, to even out the wear on the rails. That's good thinking.
Re: London's Post Office Railway#139223 10/26/0309:56 AM10/26/0309:56 AM
I think the mail tube systems are still available. Our local Tesco, which is quite modern, has some such system running from the tills. I suppose its a good secure way of transporting cash off the shop floor. This system also has some element of electronic control, as there are coloured LEDs at each station.
Re: London's Post Office Railway#139226 11/08/0305:17 AM11/08/0305:17 AM
Paul, We are heading into the Railways "de-railment" season over here, namely Summer. Oddly enough Paul, there are a lot of Electrified Rail systems in the North Island here, but Diesel still features well down here in the South, there is no such thing as an Electric Rail system in the South, if you discount the Trams in Christchurch!.