On March 15, 1892, Jesse W. Reno, a graduate of Lehigh University, produced the first working escalator (he actually called it the “inclined elevator”) and installed it alongside the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island, New York City the following year.
With a 25 per cent incline rising 7 feet off the ground, the Coney Island escalator had a belt that moved at 22.8 metres (75ft) a minute.
In 1896, Reno installed his version of an escalator at the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island. It was intended for fun, rather than for practical purposes and was ridden by 75,000 people during the two-week Coney Island exhibition.
Britain’s first escalator was installed in Harrods’, London store on November 16, 1898. Bill Lancaster noted in The Department Store: a Social History, “customers unnerved by the experience were revived by shopmen dispensing free smelling salts and cognac.”
The word ‘escalator’ is the trade name of an Otis Elevator Co. moving staircase, coined from escalade + -ator as in elevator. Its figurative use has been since 1927.
The Angel tube station in Islington, London has the longest escalator in Western Europe
THE escalators at Park Pobedy station on the Moscow subway are the longest in Europe. Each escalator is 127 metres (417 ft) long and has 740 steps — and takes three minutes and four seconds to travel.
The world’s shortest escalator is located at the basement of More’s Department Store in Kawasaki, Japan. With only five steps, the escalator has a modest rise of 32.8 inches (83.4 cm).
There are only two sets of escalators in Wyoming.