The Breathtaking, “Bladerunner” Bradbury Elevator and More from Los Angeles

A friend of ELEVATOR WORLD recently spent the holidays in L.A., and, while there, captured a few pretty neat vertical-transportation installations she shared with us. Below are the breathtaking elevator in the five-story central court of the historic Bradbury Building, featured prominently in the 1980s classic sci-fi movie Bladerunner, the panoramic, round Mitsubishi Electric elevator in The Broad modern art museum, a sturdy-yet-stylish accessibility elevator in the Metro and Angel’s Flight, a landmark 2 ft., 6 in. narrow gauge funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown.

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.