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    old bank... what did he mean?

    Hello, everybody who's browsing this topic!

    (The conversation is about a new high speed train Hyperloop).
    - Is this around the evacuated tubes? The vacuum tubes. Like the old bank...
    https://youtu.be/vDwzmJpI4io?t=2732

    Why did he say the old bank here? Is he reffereing to a shore of the ocean/sea etc? What does a shore have to do with a vacuum tube?
    Could you give me a hand with this, please?

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    Re: old bank... what did he mean?

    He is talking about tubes like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumatic_tube
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    Re: old bank... what did he mean?

    A vacuum tube is AmE for a mostly-obsolete electronic component. The same thing is called a valve in BrE. I don't think Elon Musk would describe his evacuated pneumatic tubes as vacuum tubes​ because the term would be ambiguous and archaic-sounding.
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    #4

    Re: old bank... what did he mean?

    Yes, I see your point, but I just can't understand what's the deal with "the old bank".

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    #5

    Re: old bank... what did he mean?

    The article bhai provided a link to tells us that pneumatic tube systems were commonly used in banks.

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    #6

    Re: old bank... what did he mean?

    Thank you for the clarification!

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