Tuesday 4 June 2013 9.10am
Traveling on Tescos moving walkway the other day got me thinking about the first time i ever traveled on one of these,it was with my dad, when i was a kid he took me over to the Cut on the Waterloo and City line, this was 1960, it was great fun running down the travelator it seemed very futuristic at the time, i believe it was the first of it,s kind on the underground and in Europe.
The Waterloo and City's Trav-O-Lator (but see below about the name) celebrated its 50th anniversary in September 2010 - see http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2010/09/27/50th-anniversary-of-bank-stations-travolator/
Apparently we aren't allowed to call it a 'Trav-O-Lator' any more - that's a trademark name belonging to Otis, who installed the original version in 1960. The ones there now are replacements manufactured by a French company in 2000-2002, so perhaps it's now a 'promenadeur'.