Notable escalators from around the world.
An escalator is a moving stairway use to transport people between floors of a building; it is also use in stores, railroad stations, etc… Escalators are used worldwide. In the US alone, it was estimated that it has 30,000 escalators and that people used escalators 90 billion times each year.
World’s Highest Escalator
The world’s highest escalator is installed at the Umeda Sky Building – the 7th-tallest building in Osaka City, Japan and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It is suspended 550-feet above ground. The building consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center.
World’s Longest Outdoor Covered Escalator
The longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world is at the Central-Mid-levels Escalators in Hong Kong. It is the world’s longest outdoor escalator system (not a single escalator span), at a total length of 2,600 feet or 790 m. It goes only one way at a time, the direction reverses depending on rush hour traffic direction.
World’s Longest Freestanding Escalator
The atrium escalator that is used to transport visitors on the CNN tour has been listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest freestanding (supported only at the ends) escalator in the world. It raises 8 stories and is 205 feet or 62 m long. CNN Center is located in Atlanta, Georgia in the US.
World’s Shortest Escalator
Longest Escalator in Europe
Park Pobedy which literally means “Victory Park” is a station on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line of the Metro. At 84 meters underground, it is the deepest station in Moscow and contains the longest escalators in Europe; each one is 126 meters long and has 740 steps. The ride to the surface takes approximately three minutes.
World’s Longest Wooden Escalator
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The longest wooden escalators in the world are located in the United Kingdom at the Tyne Tunnel, with a length of 200 feet or 61 m. The escalators have 306 wooden steps each, and are the original models from 1951. At the time of construction, they were the highest single-rise escalators in the world, with a vertical rise of 85 ft or 26 m and a length of 200 ft or 61 m.
World’s Largest Single Truss Escalator
A significant feature of the Bentall Center is an escalator which travels from the ground to the second floor. It is the largest single truss escalator in the world with only a top and bottom support. It is located in Kingston upon Thames in Greater London, UK. Bentall Center is a department store.
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Longest Single-span Uninterrupted Escalator – Western Hemisphere
The longest single-span uninterrupted escalator in the Western Hemisphere is 230 ft or 70 m long and takes almost 2 minutes and 45 seconds to ascend or descend without walking. It is at the Wheaton station of the Washington metro system. The Rosslyn station of the Washington Metro system also boasts the third longest continuous-span escalator in the world.
Shortest Escalator in the US
The shortest escalator in the United States is located in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. It is a Schindler unit at the entrance to the JCPenney Department Store.
Notable Spiral Escalator
One of the few and most remarkable spiral escalator installations in the world is the one found in the Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.
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