An Endangered and Unique Form of Vertical Transportation

Wikipedia defines the paternoster lift as a passenger elevator that consists of a chain of open compartments (each usually designed for two persons) that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. Passengers can step on or off at any floor they choose.

The first paternoster was built in 1884 and was more common throughout Europe.  However, in many countries the construction of new paternosters is no longer allowed because of the high danger of accidents (people tripping or falling over when trying to enter or exit).  A few companies have added computer-controlled cars and normal elevator doors to alleviate some safety concerns.  Although there are still numerous units spread throughout Europe, the paternoster has certainly been put on the endangered list.

This video demonstrates a fully operational unit, built in 1913, and located in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Share your videos and photos of paternosters in your area or travels and we will post them on this blog!

Video uploaded to YouTube by Heritage Elevators.

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