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AMPTHILL, Beds. Pecks (drapers/furnishings), Market Square. Wire system. Shop closed in 1980. Bedfordshire Country Life Magazine, No.4, Spring 1999

ARLESLEY, Beds . Co-op. "I used to 'volunteer' to go shopping with my grandmother to the Co-op in Arlesey in the mid-50's, just to see those in action... I even got to send the cash carrier once, I recall." website

BEDFORD. E.Braggins & Sons (drapers and outfitters). "Group member Graham Wild remembers this system [Rapid Wire] at E. Braggins & Sons Ltd. .. in the 1940s and 50s." Railway & Canal Historical Society. Occasional Paper No. 14 (rev. 2009)
• "E. Braggins and Son remained in its two Bedford stores after the death of the founder. They were active in the 1940s and 50s but stopped operating as a family stores in 1968 (the premier store was renamed Beales in 1982). The firm sold high value products as  well, such as mink jackets and cocktail dresses for ladies. The store was a source of fascination for young technophiles because it used the cash railway system that was probably installed in the 1930s. Money taken at tills was put into golden metallic canisters that were locked onto railway trolleys that winged their way with much rattling along long, open metal tracks pulled by a system of wires to the cash office in the dark recesses of the building." Winslow History website

BEDFORD. Tom Coombs, The Arcadium. "A novelty in this place of business is a cash railway." Bedfordshire Times, 21 Dec. 1906, p. 4

BEDFORD. Electricity showroom. About 1933 a pneumatic tube system was installed under the High Street to connect the electricity showroom with the Borough Treasurer's office so that bills could be paid at either. The office was demolished in 1940 for bridge widening. C.Collard in This England, Summer 1975

LUTON, Beds. Blundells (drapers). Pneumatic tube system. Eric Meadows

LUTON, Beds. Co-op. Rapid Wire system. Eric Meadows

LUTON, Beds. W.L. Gates (grocer and ironmonger), 49-51 George Street. "A 5-station cash railway .. to be sold by auction." Luton Times, 25 Jun. 1915, p. 1

LUTON, Beds. Henry Gibbons & Son, 'The Fashion Centre'. "Drapery - Young lady required as cashier. Lamson cash railway system." Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle, 5 July 1917, p.1

LUTON, Beds. Oakleys (family grocers), Chapel Street. Rapid Wire system in 1930s. Eric Meadows

OAKHAM, Rutland. G.George. Gipe system with one line in 1980. The shop closed in the late 1990s. When Lamsons stopped leasing systems, the shop bought it for a nominal sum (J. Liffen). Now in Rutland Museum but not on show. Shop is now Book World. H.Boynton

OAKHAM, Rutland. Allens (drapers). Cash carrier. H.Boynton

OLDBURY, Worcs. Co-op. "Before the Second World War .. I was fascinated by the network of wires criss-crossing the shop and the metal containers, containing money and bills whizzing along to the cashier before returning to the counters with change and receipts." Membership matters: newsletter for Midlands Co-op members, Sept. 2006, p.6

OSWESTRY, Salop. Robert Lloyd, Glasgow House. "Mr Robert Lloyd has brought into use in his extensive premises at Glasgow House, a transatlantic novelty in the form of an elevated automatic railway... The systems in use at Glasgow House are two in number, and they have so far only been applied to the ground floor. One is known as the ball system, and the other as the rapid wire system, and both inventions are leased from the Lamson Store Service Company... The rapid wire system is, we believe, capable of .. communication between upper floors and a ground floor, but it has not yet been brought into use at Glasgow House. A device of Mr Lloyd's own - acting on somewhat similarlines, but not automatically - is, however, in use to overcome this difficulty. The system is a novelty in Oswestry... In an establishment in which from thirty to fifty hands are engaged at times, it is obviously of great value in the economy of time." Oswestry Advertiser, 13 Mar. 1889, p. 7

SHREWSBURY, Salop. Morris (bakery/grocers). Wire system in 1930s-50s. M. Goodall

TENBURY, Worcs. Gaius Smiths. "Gaius Smith's was always a stop in the morning to buy a couple of hot bread rolls from the bakery... The overhead cash system was a delight and I remember that the 'head man' ws happy to show you how it worked." Teme Valley Times, Summer 2009, p.14

WELLINGTON, Salop. McClures (outfitters and drapers), Duke Street.. Overhead wire system. Wellington News Online. Photograph from mid-1950s showing several Rapid Wire propulsions in John Powell and Michael A.Vanns. North Telford: Wellington, Oakengates and surrounding areas (Stroud: Chalford, 1995). Facsimile of shop at Blists Hill Museum


starBROMSGROVE, Worcs. Museum, 26 Birmingham Road. One line of Dart Cash system from Harry Cooper, WILLENHALL in reconstruction of Brighton & Co. shoe shop.

starHEREFORDSHIRE. Museum on the Move. "Send the money on a journey along the cash railway in our Victorian shop." Herefordshire Museums website


star indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.