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Daemon
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The World's Longest Escalators

The escalator has come a long way since being patented in 1859. Hong Kong's Central-Mid-Levels escalator system is one of the world's most impressive, stretching about 2,600 feet (790 m). Colombia boasts a 1,260-foot (384-m) set of escalators that transformed a 35-minute foot climb into a six-minute ride. The longest single-span escalator in the Western Hemisphere can be found in the Wheaton Metro station in Washington, DC. How long does it take riders to ascend this 230-foot (70-m) escalator? More...
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Those spiral escalators in Hong Kong looked awesome!

This story reminds me about an episode of The Simpsons. There was an escalator that went nowhere. People got on, went way up to an enormous height, then dropped off the end to their deaths. I think Kent Brockman was reporting on it.

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Going up! Colombian shanty town installs giant outdoor escalators to relief of residents spared a trudge up steps (equivalent to climbing 28-storey building)


A huge outdoor escalator has been erected in one of the poorest districts of Colombia's second largest city.
For generations 12,000 people living in Medellin's tough Comuna 13 - which clings to a hillside - have had to made the arduous journey up hundreds of large steps, which is the equivalent to climbing up a 28-storey building.
But now a giant outdoor escalator will cut their journey from 35-minutes to just six, and grateful residents have said 'it is a dream come true'.




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078994/Going-Colombian-shanty-town-installs-giant-outdoor-escalators-relief-residents-spared-trudge-steps-equivalent-climbing-28-storey-building.html
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I love escalators!
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I used this old wooden slat Otis escalator twice a day commuting to work. It was located in Maverick Station, East Boston Ma. It clicky clacked so loud you could barely carry on a conversation. Ahhh. The good old days. P.S. I was a good citizen and never spit.
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lot of gears
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The longest single-span escalator in the Western Hemisphere can be found in the Wheaton Metro station in Washington, DC. How long does it take riders to ascend this 230-foot (70-m) escalator?

The longest set of single-span uninterrupted escalators in the Western Hemisphere is at the Wheaton station of the Washington Metro system. They are 230 feet (70 m)long with a vertical rise of 115 feet (35 m), and take what is variously described as 2 minutes and 45 seconds or nearly three-and-a-half minutes,to ascend or descend without walking.

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I presume the Colombian escalators are staged to higher then lower speeds. Otherwise, it seems that you would need a running start to get on (and off).

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