Sharing a Little Elevator Love from Around the U.S.

Ever since I became an “elevator person,” friends and family have taken the time to capture pictures of the interesting elevators and escalators they encounter during their everyday travels. This holiday season, I received a couple of neat photos from friends who were spending time in L.A. and New Orleans. Check them out!

Six-year-old Olive poses in front of the elevators at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, which she visited with her mom and grandma to see the always amazing holiday decorations.

 

1920s-era cage style elevator in a friend’s L.A. Koreatown apartment building

Escalator in the Redline Metro Station at Wilshire and Vermont in L.A.

The staircase in the same Koreatown apartment building is pretty amazing, too.

Wooden Escalators Get New Life as Spectacular Sculpture

“Interloop” greets passengers as they arrive and depart the Wynyard rail station in Sydney; photo courtesy of TfNSW.

When Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) set about to replace the four 80-year-old wooden escalators at Sydney’s Wynyard rail station, there was concern in the community about what would become of these pieces of vertical-transportation history.

Another view of “Interloop”; photo courtesy of TfNSW

After all, there were only seven known examples of operational wooden escalators in the world. TfNSW had a preservation plan, however, and recently unveiled it to the world: A spectacular piece of sculpture suspended from the ceiling of the station’s lower level. Global Rail News said artist Chris Fox used 244 step treads and four comb plates to create “Interloop,” a curving, intertwined piece that pays homage to Australia’s transportation history. TfNSW transport coordinator Marg Prendergast was quoted, “While the new modern escalators at Wynyard Station are safer, more reliable and reduce the cost of maintenance, it was important to recognize the heritage status of Railway House and the York Street lobby, as well as the iconic wooden escalators which were among the last of their kind in the world.”

Click here to watch a time-lapse video of the sculpture being installed.

This is Why They Post the Signs

Philipp Bellessort holds his mangled MacBook. The computer was left broken and twisted after it got sucked into an escalator at a London Tube station; photo by Mercury Press via The Sun.

Philipp Bellessort, a 28-year-old budding entrepreneur, lost months of work and a GBP1,000 (US$1,300) computer while riding an escalator at a London Tube station, The Sun reported on October 13. Bellessort, in the process of launching a recruitment firm, was going home after meeting with a client. While stepping onto an escalator at the Bond Street station, he set his computer bag down on a step. “As I was halfway up, the bag got sucked into [the escalator],” he told the Sun. He heard the bag tear, then realized the MacBook inside was damaged. “When I picked it up and looked what damage had been done, I was in shock,” he said, adding that all of his client data and contacts were lost. “I started the company three months ago and I’ve worked for seven days a week, 18 hours a day since then. All that is lost,” he told The Sun. A Transportation for London spokesman said the incident was being looked into, but noted that posters and announcements warn riders “to keep their belongings clear of escalators.”