The pneumatic message system, featured in my novel The Spyders of Burslem, is set to make a high-tech comeback according to New Scientist magazine.
“Pneumatic tubes were once heralded as the future of communication and delivery” [but in London today] “Hidden in the walls is a vast computer-controlled network of pipes propelling capsules via air pressure and vacuum. Installed in the early 2000s, it is one of many places worldwide boasting a high-tech pneumatic network. Some places have hundreds of stations, fed by several kilometres of tubes and junctions.”
Talking of science journalism, it’s sad that New Scientist is one of the few places at which intelligent readers can escape from the tidal-wave of sloppy reporting of science and junk science that is swamping the daily newspapers and the BBC.