The Elevator That Never Stops

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 4 years ago in Weird

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Male 369
These are how the first lifts/elevators worked. They seem insanely dangerous!
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Male 1,421
And there`s one in the Finnish Parliament building.. It`s a sort of inbuilt IQ test..
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Male 700
What could possibly go wrong..
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Male 352
In the building I work in we have a regular lift that has only two levels about 30cm apart. Seriously it`s like three steps. It`s required due to access rules in the country I live in.
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Male 7,123
Yes, paternoster. They had one in Newcatle University back when I was a student. Closed it after a (non-fatal) accident.
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Male 2,855
an elevator that works ALL the time? that sound like a waste of energy, and a bad concept little energy tho, huge bad concept
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Male 878
As mentioned, it doesn`t flip you upside down, it just takes you around to the other side. I think they turned out to be high maintenance, slow, and dangerous.Service may be instantaneous, but it takes a long time to get anywhere, so is mostly suitable for hops between adjacent floors. Here is the Sheffield University seen from a rider`s viewpoint. You can see that regular elevators are also installed.
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Male 500
Oooooh, haven`t seen one of these since I was a kid. Public buildings were full of them back in the days, the building my dad used to work in had a set..

...aaand I was scared pooless of them back then as a five year old kid.
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Male 403
testtickle
from the looks of it the individual modules aren`t collapsible so my guess is you would get to the first floor, slid to the right and go up again.
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Male 39
What happens if you don`t get off the elevator at the bottom?
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Male 1,471
we have one of those in the danish parliament building..
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Male 2,862
"I had a nightmare that looked like this once"

Certainly looks like something from one of the hellraiser films.
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Male 1,596
I had a nightmare that looked like this once
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Male 7,774
I can see the old people queueing up to make fools of themselves.
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Male 1,803
It`s called a Paternoster. They`re quite rare now. There`s one in the Sheffield Uni tower in the UK. Search for it on youtube, it`s full of giggling students trying it out for the first time.
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Male 3,310
That`s an escalator speed elevator. Probably wont cause as many problems as expected but, it`s a mofo escalator speed elevator.
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Male 2,711
DFWBrysco: Really? How can you sound so smart then somehow decide the box must flip at the top and bottom? That would just be insane! Riding from one side to the other is called doing an "up-and-over."


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Male 2,100
Enter that with a stroller or on crutches or wheelchair
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Male 307
Oh geez... I can`t believe that no one commenting so far has never seen these before - it is one of the oldest styles of elevators that exist, dating back to late 1880s and is called a Paternoster.

Not ever very popular in the US, but were very common across Europe especially in public buildings - they are a bunch of boxes (the cabs) chained together - at the top for the "up" side, the box flips over and starts down for the down side; vice-versa at the bottom.

Much more efficient than a standard elevator, as service to each floor is more or less instantaneous... however, they are slightly more dangerous than a standard elevator as there is high risk entering and exiting the cabs, as well as not getting off in time and getting "flipped" when the cab moves to the other direction.

I remember these all over Germany and the UK when I was a kid... don`t think they are installed anymore.
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Male 140
Looks like a lot of fun
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Male 194
It`s not really an elevator--from both a functional and an engineering standpoint, it`s more of an oddly-shaped escalator. The building surely has real elevators elsewhere to handle people with wheelchairs, strollers, etc.
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Male 3,908
C`mon! What could possibly go wrong?
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Male 2,552
American building inspectors would never let this pass through.
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Female 2,525
In America that would be a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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Male 1,949
humans are so simple
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Male 1,442
Guessing that is at a art museum. Or a country that has no old/young/disabled people to worry about.
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Female 8,043
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