Animation of Air-Line carriage


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... covering Cash Ball, wire systems and pneumatic tubes that carried cash between sales points and the cash office in shops and department stores from the 1880s to the present day.

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Operating the Rapid Wire system  at Dartford Museum


Reconstruction of a Cash Ball system
After nearly a year's work, David Holt of Manchester has recently constructed the first part of a replica Cash Ball system and kindly supplied a video. The castings are done in pewter by sand moulding and the track is beech, steam bent. The "switch" is controlled by the differences in the sizes of the balls.



Cable systems in Britain
Until now I had thought that there had been no cable systems installed in the UK. (A cable system is one where the car is attached to a moving cable, usually driven by an electric motor.) However, I have found a detailed newspaper report of 1918 of one being installed in a shop in Coventry and two others in the Midlands. There was also an "electric cash railway" at Kirkcaldy in Scotland. No British systems seem to have been preserved.

Rapid Wire system for sale
Viv Rush of Netley, South Australia has a complete reproduction Rapid Wire system for sale, formerly on loan to a museum.


Page last updated 9/5/18 A