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May 17, 2018

The Wooden Escalators of St. Anna's Tunnel

Above, going down.

Going up:

From Atlas Obscura:


The majestic escalators, made in the 1930s, were a novelty then and still are now, their beautiful woodwork remarkably preserved.

They carry you deep down into a tunnel that stretches beneath Antwerp's Scheldt River.

St. Anna's Tunnel was built to connect the newer parts of Antwerp with the older portion of the city so locals wouldn't have to rely on ferry service alone.

Originally, plans were made to build a bridge, but this would have gotten in the way of the many ships that cruise the waterway, so officials decided to build under rather than over it.

As with many European structures, the tunnel was badly damaged during World War II.

The passage has since been repaired, and it and its unusual escalators are still frequently used by pedestrians and cyclists as they go about their daily commutes.

May 17, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


If you ever get to New York, Macy's still has, and preserves, its wooden escalators on its higher floors.

Posted by: Paul K Biba | May 18, 2018 9:16:54 AM

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