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Discussion in 'Other Public Transport' started by Martin2012, 24 Apr 2017.

  1. Martin2012

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    Not the conventional form of public transport but does anyone on here have an interest in lifts/elevators or escalators?

    If so, what are your favourite makes/brands and do you prefer the older variety or the newer/modernised variety?
     
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    Well this conversation escalated quickly(sorry, couldn't resist)
     
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    Well we have at least 1 other member who goes by the name of LiftFan

    theres is of course a growing number of escalater/lift filmers on youtube.

    I have a passing interest but before I go any further may I please have my standard moan about the awful cheep shopping centre escalaters installed at Edinburgh Waverley/Birmingham New Street/Kings Cross and doubtless others and why are Network Rail incapable of installing escalaters fit for a transport environment? LU have been managing it for years.
     
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    Not necessarily a fan of lifts or escalators but give me a paternoster any day.
     
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    Out of interest, what is the difference between an escalator used to reach a train and one used to reach a shop? Or one used to travel between trains and shops like at New Street?
     
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    Last time I was in the ASDA in Hamilton Palace, the handrail of the up escalator was moving faster than the treads, something I didn't think that was possible. Maybe it was "topple a pensioner" week. :)
     
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    I love the escalators in the Prague metro - some deep stations there, but they whizz up and down far faster than the ones in this country.

    Did anyone here ever get the chance to use the Montparnasse-Bienvenue fast travelator while it was up and running? Surreal experience, and I did particularly enjoy the high heel protection rollers at either end.

    As for lifts, I forget the make, but I did recently have the experience of a three-doored lift in an old building in Copenhagen. Quite confusing...
     
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    Did it make announcements along the lines of "This is the 3rd floor, doors will open on the right hand side" similar to the 96/09 tube stock?

    An escalater for a transport environment needs IMO to be heavier duty than a shopping centre, able to take luggage, high usage and people occasionally sprinting up or down for a train. In other words look at any metro/underground system and you get the idea.
     
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    The escalators on Prague metro are lethal. Stepping onto one is like taking your life into your own hands!

    Now the one in Glasgow Uni has gone are there any left in UK?
     
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    I have been on many escalators where the handrail moves slightly faster than the steps. I wonder whether it is intentional, to encourage some to walk forward whist on the steps which slightly increases throughput and reduces average transit time.
     
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    We have one of those in M&S.

    I want to go on the Ascensore Castello d'Albertis-Montegalletto in Genoa.
     
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    I have been in a diagonal traveling elevator up the Riga TV Tower
     
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    I know of paternosters at:

    - Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex
    - That tower at the University of Leeds
     
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    The Montparnasse fast travelator was brilliant. So glad that all the family got the chance to try it as an adjunct to a trip to Disneyland. More fun that some of the rides there, free and no queues. What was not to like? I know that children were theoretically banned but we still managed it.

    Nice inclinator diagonal lift at Greenford station. More coming to Crossrail soon...:D
     
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    On my first visit to Paris, and a couple of later ones. I left the high heels back in the hotel on those occasions, though:lol:
     
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    Bah, every time I passed through Montparnasse it was closed off :(
     
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    Unfortunately the one at Leeds was replaced by a rather boring lift a while back :|
     
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    What is a paternoster?
     
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    A lot of escalators in London... the handrail can actually stop momentarily if you are holding it while you walk up the escalator; it is as if the application of your weight through that hand while you step upwards is enough to stall the handrail - surely that shouldn't happen and the handrail should continue to turn no matter how much load is placed on it?
     
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    The Arts tower at the University of Sheffield still has one
     
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    Oh, they're fun. I like that they're getting put in alongside escalators to give access to underground stations - the ones at Triangeln in Malmo and Nationaltheatret in Oslo are particularly fun.
     
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    Two pairs of curved escalators in Hong Kong, basement of Lane Crawford department store in Causeway Bay. Really neat things, probably a 60 degree curve or something.
     
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    I cant see that one in Leicester being fixed as it surely will be cheeper to change it for new conventional lifts?

    What does the forum think of the Network Rail Standard Stanna installation at many many stations in the UK?
     
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    The ones at intu Broadmarsh (before they closed a few weeks ago) had one handrail moving faster than the steps, and the other which stopped if you touched it too heavily handed or "twisted" it. Being rather narrow and rough riding it was all too easy to end up with your hands on both - rather odd sensation!
     
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    Did the afformentioned issue result in their closure or is the cenre or escalaters being refurbished?
     

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