Moving Stairs Feature London’s Subway Station (May, 1929)

Moving Stairs Feature London’s Subway Station

COMPLETED at a cost of $2,500,000, London’s new Piccadilly Circus subway station is fitted with all the latest devices to add to the comfort of passengers. The above photo shows one of the escalators, which travels at a rate of 100 feet a minute. The posts in the railings on either side of the center stairway contain spotlights which shine upward on the curved white roof of the escalator, their reflection giving indirect lighting.

The girls at the right are examining one of the mechanical train indicators which shows the positions of the various trains on the six lines leading from the Piccadilly
station. Every time a train passes it is recorded by a little inked pointer on one of the six circular recorders in the photograph.

  1. DrewE says: May 4, 20128:28 am

    When did the verb “feature” have its subject and direct object swapped about–or is this just an affection of the headline writer?

  2. Hirudinea says: May 4, 201212:37 pm

    These escalators were made of wood and escalators like them have caused several fires in the London underground, I think they’ve all been removed, replaced with steel.

  3. Stephen Edwards says: May 6, 20126:36 pm

    $2.5M is a lot of money for 1929; the Empire State Building, a contemporary, only cost about $25M to build.

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