The Lamson Electric Cable Carrier Systems are an amazing precursor
to the pneumatic tube systems.
I have recreated a working system in my basement. I believe it to be the
only working Lamson Preferred Cable Cash Carrier System in North America.
This was an incredible amount of fun to turn this into a working system
from a pile of pieces. I bought this system from a old hardware store
in northern Indiana where it had been sitting in the basement since just
after WW2. I bought all of it for a small price and had no idea what
I was getting into. I filled the back of my Explorer and trucked
it home. I laid out the pieces in my driveway and began to try and
figure out how it went together and how it worked. I soon figured
out I had two parallel systems that must have run down the right and
left sides of the store.
This system is just like a train track going two directions.
It is run by a motorized rope that runs continuously through the system.
It is incredible to see the little carriers zoom around the system and go
throught the interchanges at each station.
It had been cut down from the store and I began to repair it to put
it back together. I finally got it going and it actually worked in
February of 2001. Now I am on the hunt for more systems.
Here are photos of the small carriers used in these
Here are shots of my system just before I got it running.
Obviously I collect porcelain paint signs too...
Soon I will load an MPEG video of my system working.
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