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Offline IDLift3000

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Oldest elevator in your country?
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:17:48 am »
What is the elevator that is considered or believed to be the oldest in your country?


For me, the oldest elevator in Indonesia is at the historic London Sumatra (Lonsum) Building in Medan, North Sumatra. According to a local newspaper (see link below), the elevator was installed in 1908 and manufactured by Waygood & Co., a British lift manufacturer from London, England which was acquired by Otis and became Waygood Otis in the mid 1910's. It is still working today, and still manually controlled. Some local sources says that the elevator is maintained every Saturday by a special lift technician from England. With an age of 110 years old, it is now considered to be the oldest operating elevator in Indonesia. It is also the first electric elevator in Medan.

Note: The elevator is not open to the public. It is only used by the London Sumatra employees or visitors who have appointment in there.

Link of the photo of the newspaper: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/ieg1537/images/a/ad/Apr16-Kompaspedia-Lonsum-Lift.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20180131031702 (couldn't upload the photo in here due to its large size so I decided to paste the link of the photo here instead)

Some local news claimed the oldest elevator in the country is not in Lonsum, but in other places which were built several years after Lonsum like the Jiwasraya Building in Semarang (1916, OTIS) and even Hotel Indonesia Kempinski in Jakarta (1962, OTIS, elevators replaced by OTIS in 2008). All of these are BS. These stupid news media did not know that the oldest elevator is actually at Lonsum.
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Offline Kan

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Re: Oldest elevator in your country?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 10:05:13 pm »
I think the oldest elevators in Thailand are located at Royal Hotel, in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon district. I am not sure if they have been modernized or not, but there are newer elevators installed separately.
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Re: Oldest elevator in your country?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 06:08:55 am »
The oldest elevator in Israel is located at the Pensaks Passage in Tel Aviv. It was installed in the 1920's and still exists! Unfortunately, it is not in service anymore.

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Re: Oldest elevator in your country?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 08:25:37 am »
I think the oldest elevators in Thailand are located at Royal Hotel, in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon district. I am not sure if they have been modernized or not, but there are newer elevators installed separately.
For people who don't know what brand of elevator is this.
The oldest one is Edoux Samain Elevator (Ascenseur Edoux Samain), installed since 1946, which is also an innerdoorless one. And additional ones are Mitsubishi elevators with 2nd generation fixtures.
It could have another one older than that, but I just need to research more about this topic.
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Re: Oldest elevator in your country?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2019, 11:43:34 am »
Probably the oldest lifts in Ireland are 7 2nd Generation Express lifts in Tallaght Hospital. They were one of the first lifts that Express a) installed in Ireland and b) installed as their 2nd Generation models.