Facts About the Space Needle Elevators

Space Needle

  • Located in Seattle, Washington U.S.A., the Space Needle elevators weigh 14,000 pounds each with a capacity of 4,500 pounds. The counter-weight weighs 40 percent more than the elevator fully loaded. Each elevator carries 25 people.
  • Each elevator has seven cables total, even though one cable is strong enough to hold the entire weight of the elevator.
  • Space Needle elevators are equipped with a governor brake that would lock the elevator on the tracks in case all seven cables broke.
  • Two of the Space Needle elevators are high speed and can travel at a rate of 10 mph, or 800 feet per minute. Actual travel time from the ground level to the top-house is 43 seconds. Under high wind conditions these high-speed passenger elevators are slowed to 5 mph. The third elevator, primarily used for freight but occasionally used to carry passengers, only travels at 5 mph, or 400 feet per minute.
  • The last elevator arrived the day before the 1962 World’s Fair opened.
  • All three elevators were replaced in 1993, at a cost of $1.5 million total.


5 thoughts on “Facts About the Space Needle Elevators

  1. My family and I have gone up there for dinners since or opened. The view is spectacular, and different every visit. It strains my budget some, so it typically is a few years between visits. Scared of heights, not much worry, you will probably get over it in a couple minutes. Actually, I have never seen or heard anyone complain. Hey, start putting your change in a coffee can, and treat yourself in a couple years. Anticipation is great – have the whole family pitch in. I hope you go up soon! Enjoy

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