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Obscura Society SF: Stanford Hospital Pneumatic Tube System

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PST)

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Join us at Stanford University Hospital for a look at one the world's largest existing pneumatic tube systems, still in use to this day.

Once upon a time, pneumatic tube networks were common, racing messages and parcels through pressurized air systems in big buildings, libraries and under city streets. Today, they are all but vanished.

At Stanford Hospital, four miles of tubing snake though the medical center, allowing doctors and administrators to whiz patient information, critical specimens and documents through the facility using cutting edge, 19th century technology. 124 stations and 141 transfer points are serviced by 29 blowers, speeding parcels through the system at 25 fett/second, saving time and couriers.

Stanford has graciously offered once again to open their doors to us to show us this rare example of retro-tech at work - join us for this unusual opportunity.

Details/special instructions. 

  • Address: Stanford University Hospital Center, 300 Pasteur Dr., Palo Alto CA
  • Time: 1-3pm
  • Please meet in front of the fountain at Stanford University Hospital at 1pm.

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Stanford University Hospital Center
300 Pasteur Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PST)


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