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The Elevator That Never Stops

Hits: 8865 | Rating: (3.3) | Category: Weird | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Adcro
Male, 18-29, Europe
 366 Posts
Saturday, October 27, 2012 2:12:14 AM
These are how the first lifts/elevators worked. They seem insanely dangerous!

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 737 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 6:36:27 PM
And there's one in the Finnish Parliament building.. It's a sort of inbuilt IQ test..

avail9988
Male, 18-29, Australia
 676 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 5:31:15 PM
What could possibly go wrong..

Bealzebubble
Male, 18-29, Australia
 266 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 2:04:02 PM
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.

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3702 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 9:58:48 AM
Yes, paternoster. They had one in Newcatle University back when I was a student. Closed it after a (non-fatal) accident.

Quackor
Male, 18-29, S. America
 2864 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 8:21:37 AM
an elevator that works ALL the time? that sound like a waste of energy, and a bad concept little energy tho, huge bad concept

burbclaver
Male, 50-59, Western US
 859 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 7:54:55 AM
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.

TheOrigin
Male, 18-29, Europe
 468 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 7:14:34 AM
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.

irunfast86
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 284 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 6:17:59 AM
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.

testtickle
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 40 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 5:49:40 AM
What happens if you don't get off the elevator at the bottom?

Kain1
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1463 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 5:41:53 AM
we have one of those in the danish parliament building..

Vimto
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2352 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 5:15:44 AM
"I had a nightmare that looked like this once"

Certainly looks like something from one of the hellraiser films.

Dr_Sexy
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1577 Posts
Friday, October 26, 2012 3:50:24 AM
I had a nightmare that looked like this once

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4158 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:27:29 PM
I can see the old people queueing up to make fools of themselves.

Fwoggie2
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1654 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:55:06 PM
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.

thelonious
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 3246 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:57:07 PM
That's an escalator speed elevator. Probably wont cause as many problems as expected but, it's a mofo escalator speed elevator.

chalket
Male, 50-59, Southern US
 2386 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:01:09 PM
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."



chicagojay
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 1497 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:30:30 PM
Enter that with a stroller or on crutches or wheelchair

DFWBrysco
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 285 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:55:58 PM
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.

weeray
Male, 18-29, Europe
 122 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:29:17 PM
Looks like a lot of fun

comp_wizard
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 194 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:19:14 PM
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.

whodat6484
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3343 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:24:43 PM
C'mon! What could possibly go wrong?

TruTenrMan
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2512 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:24:01 PM
American building inspectors would never let this pass through.

zombunny
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2524 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:23:15 PM
In America that would be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

fancythat
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1783 Posts
Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:05:57 PM
humans are so simple

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