These images were emailed to me along with the title ‘World’s Longest Escalator’ and no information to accompany them. But my search for further information raised more questions than answers. So what do the experts at the Guinness World Records have to say? “No matching records found” for world’s longest escalator or longest escalator.
UPDATE: Thanks to a comment left by Slevi who informed me that these photos were of the Umeda Sky Building, I was able to find information which validates that this is not the longest escalator in the world, as well as information for the author of the images, which have now been credited. Information on the building is directly below.
Read on for other escalators that claim to be the longest escalators in the world or their regions by varying degrees and descriptions.
Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Japan
The Umeda Sky Building is the 7th tallest building in Osaka City, Japan, and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It 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.
Located in the Umeda district of Kita-ku in Osaka Japan, the building was originally conceived in 1988 as the ‘City of Air’ project, which planned to create four interconnected towers in northern Osaka, but the project went no further than the 2 towers. The Umeda Sky Building offers a 360° view from the 39th floor. You can wait at the 40th floor for the sun to set in the Sky Cafe.
The 568 foot (173 meters) building was designed by Hiroshi Hara. It was constructed by Takenaka Corporation and was completed in 1993. This information validates that these photos are not the longest escalator in the world as they’ve been acclaimed on some sites.
Sources: Japan Guide, Virtual Tourist and Wikipedia
Further research for the World’s Longest Escalator revealed a myriad of results …
Angel Tube Station on the Northern Line
Angel Tube Station is a London Underground station and allegedly the longest escalator in Western Europe. Located in the Angel, Islington, on the Bank branch of the Northern Line, between Old Street and King’s Cross St. Pancras stations, this escalating marvel rises over nine stories high, with a vertical rise of 90 feet (27.4 meters) and a length of 197 feet (60 meters). The view reminds one of rise to a peak of a rollercoaster ride.
Longest Escalator Systems in the World
Tens of thousands of commuters travel to work daily in Hong Kong between Central, the central business district, and the Mid-levels — a residential district hundreds of feet uphill — using a long distance system of escalators and moving sidewalks called the Central Mid Levels escalator. It’s the world’s longest outdoor escalator system — not a single escalator span — with a total combined length of 2626.66 feet (800 meters). Running only one direction at a time, it reverses depending on rush hour traffic direction.
The Ocean Park in Hong Kong also has a long escalator system connecting two parts of the Park, with an overall length of 745 feet (225 meters) and a vertical rise of 377 feet (115 meters). A bank of four spiral escalators in the Times Square shopping centre in Causeway Bay turns about 180 degrees each.
Sources: Answers.com and Wikipedia
Longest Individual Escalators in the World
The longest individual escalators in the world are found on the metro systems in several cities in Eastern Europe. Those in St. Petersburg, Kiev and Prague have Soviet-era escalators up to approximately 330 feet (100 meters) long. The longest of all these are in the famously deep Moscow Metro, in the Park Pobedy station.
The Moscow Metro is a metro system which reaches nearly every part of Moscow, Russia. It’s one of the most heavily used metro systems in the world and famous for its stations which are heavily decorated.
The Metro is 278.8 miles (449 kilometers) long in total with 172 stations. During the week about 8.2 million passengers use the Metro and 7.1 million on weekends. The system was built almost entirely underground, although some cross the Moskva river, while another crosses the Yauza River by bridge.
Opened in 2003, Park Pobedy is the deepest station not only in Moscow and Russia but also in the world. Its lowest point reaches a depth of 97 meters. The station is located in an area with high water carrying horizons and had to be built under them. Its escalators are the longest in the world, each 126 meters in length and having 740 steps. A ride upward takes about three min
Moscow Metro in the Park Pobedy Escalator
Wheaton station of the Washington Metro subway system
Touted to be the longest single-span escalator system in the Western Hemisphere is the Wheaton station of the Washington Metro subway system in Montgomery County, Maryland on the Red Line. The station serves the suburb of Wheaton, Maryland, located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive.
Although it’s reported with varying lengths from 230 feet (70 meters) to 508 feet (155 meters) in length, it’s not the deepest station in the system, which is Forest Glen, which has an elevator-only exit due to its depth. The trip on Wheaton’s escalator takes more than 3 minutes to ride.
Service at Wheaton began on September 22, 1990. It was the northeastern end of the Red Line for nearly eight years, until the Glenmont station opened in July 1998.
Tyne & Wear Tunnels
Opened in 1951, the Tyne Cycle & Pedestrian Tunnels join the communities of Howdon and Jarrow on the north and south banks of the river Tyne. Commuters traveled 900 feet (274 meters) daily to get to work at nearby shipyards. It’s still in use today as it forms part of the C2C cycle route running from coast to coast across the north of England.
When they were built, they were the longest single-rise escalators in the world at 197 feet (60 meters). Today they are still the longest wooden ones in the world. Built by Waygood-Otis, they have a solid charm for which each of the 306 steps are numbered and stamped.
The Tyne Tunnel is a two-lane toll vehicular tunnel under the River Tyne, England, completed in 1967. The tunnel is one of three forming the Tyne Tunnel project. Less well known are the pedestrian and cyclists’ tunnels opened in 1951. The tunnels are about 18 miles (11 kilometers) downstream and to the east of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Spiral escalators take up much less horizontal space than straight escalators. However, early spiral designs were failures. A spiral escalator constructed by Reno in conjunction with William Henry Aston and Scott Kietzman at London’s Holloway Road Underground station in 1906 was dismantled almost immediately upon its completion. The Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed successful commercial designs and has manufactured curved and spiral escalators since the 1980s.
Yokohama MinatoMirai escalator
Noteworthy sets of spiral escalators are located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre in San Francisco, California, and at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Times Square shopping mall in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, also features four curved escalators, as does Wheelock Place in Singapore.
The Times Square escalator has a bank of four spiral escalators, each of which turns through about 180 degrees.
Angel station is 1 of 5 stations on the London Underground named after the once famous Angel inn, dating back to at least 1638. The Northern line was originally formed from two competing railways, both of which had built platforms at Euston station. Built by the City & South London Railway, Angel station opened in 1901. It was originally built with a single central island platform serving two tracks — an arrangement still seen at Clapham North and Clapham Common — with access from street level via lifts. The station regularly suffered from congestion and overcrowding for many years, and was consequently rebuilt and re-opened in 1992.
The lifts and the ground level building originally on the corner of Torrens Street and City Road were closed and a new station entrance was opened nearby in Islington High Street. Due to the distance of the new entrance from the platforms and their depth, two flights of escalators were required aligned approximately at a right-angle. These include the longest escalators in Western Europe.
The Longest Escalator in Western Europe
Ever wondered what riding down the longest escalator in Western Europe is like? A rather disappointing video, the ride down the escalator at Angel station on the Northern line of the London Underground.
Guys Skis Down Angel Tube Escalator
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a man skied 197 feet down the longest escalator on the London Underground earlier this year. Transport for London urged police to take the “strongest possible action” against any similar offenders
Angel Reverse Escalator Challenge
Another video depicts a ‘challenge’ where some youths run UP the DOWN escalator.
Ride on Moscow Metro Escalator
In Petrovsko-Razumovskaya station