Tuesday, January 6, 2015

VOTD: Circa 1900 'Mechanical Moving Sidewalk' in Paris (video)


This might not be as fast or sleek as Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal, but (for it's time) this mechanical moving sidewalk in Paris was pretty innovative for the year 1900... 

-Check out additional pics and a vintage video of it in action below:  

Spanning a length of approximately 2.25-miles and topping off at 6-mph, this moving sidewalk was a feat of innovation and engineering. The mechanical sidewalk was designed and built specifically for the 1900 World's Fair in Paris and connected the Fair grounds to allow the visitors to tour the area without getting fatigue. 




In the Moving Sidewalk there is no break. In engineers' language, it is an "endless floor" raised thirty feet above the level of the ground, ever and ever gliding along the four sides of the square--a wooden serpent with its tail in its mouth. It is about two and a quarter miles in length. There are ten entries to it and as many exits from it... 

The outer platform, as represented in the photograph(s) is stationary, the one next to it moves at the rate of about two and one-half miles per hour, while the one at the top moves at twice this rate of speed. This arrangement, together with the balancing posts stationed conveniently along the margins of the platforms, enables visitors to step from one to the other with the utmost ease and safety... 
WOW...!! 
2.25-Miles long "without any breaks"...!!?? That is incredible...!! 
What is also incredible is that when the World's Fair was over the entire moving sidewalk was taken down... 




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