- Located in Seattle, Washington U.S.A., the Space Needle elevators weigh 14,000 pounds each with a capacity of 4,500 pounds. The counter-weight weighs 40 percent more than the elevator fully loaded. Each elevator carries 25 people.
- Each elevator has seven cables total, even though one cable is strong enough to hold the entire weight of the elevator.
- Space Needle elevators are equipped with a governor brake that would lock the elevator on the tracks in case all seven cables broke.
- Two of the Space Needle elevators are high speed and can travel at a rate of 10 mph, or 800 feet per minute. Actual travel time from the ground level to the top-house is 43 seconds. Under high wind conditions these high-speed passenger elevators are slowed to 5 mph. The third elevator, primarily used for freight but occasionally used to carry passengers, only travels at 5 mph, or 400 feet per minute.
- The last elevator arrived the day before the 1962 World’s Fair opened.
- All three elevators were replaced in 1993, at a cost of $1.5 million total.