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26/02/1870 New York opens the first pneumatic-powered subway line

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The pneumatic tube's strange 150-year journey

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Why Did America's First Subway Fail?

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A Primitive Hyperloop: New York City's First Subway

The Beach Pneumatic Transit was the first attempt to build an underground public transit system in New York City. It was developed by Alfred Ely Beach as a demonstration subway line running on pneumatic power. As the subway line had one stop and a one-car shuttle going back and forth, it was merely a novelty and not a regular mode of transport.
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