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two reasons the steps are very positive driven by chain and gear box the hanrail not being load bearing is driven by belts when these things first came intomoperation it was decided to keep the arrangement because it kept people aware so they were safer

 

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The handrail has to travel further so it goes faster on the up side you think you can hold and slower on the underground bit you can't see, so it catches up with itself. It also stops people holding on to the handrail, thus saving energy. (London Underground explanation!) <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/busted.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/busted.gif" alt="" />

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You are havin' a giraffe...seizure alert for me if I try more than two steps at once! Thank goodness my trains from Waterloo are every three minutes, meaning I never have to rush! <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/alk.gif" alt="" />

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my mother in law, myself and the wife were on one at palma airport in august. a really long one, the rest of our party were miles ahead. the motherinlaw turned around facing us chatting. next thing i know she has disappeared fromview. fasllen over absolutely horizontally. nearly laid an egg i was laughing so hard. some french dude had tried to warn her but his cries of "madame madame" fell on deaf ears. hilarious.

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