Incline elevator

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Incline elevator in Kek Lok Si temple, Malaysia

An incline elevator, also known as an incline platform lift or hillside tram, is an elevator that runs in a direction diagonal to the ground. Unlike a standard elevator, incline elevators can go up tilted grades, and can be used for both residential and commercial purposes. The purpose of incline elevators is to provide accessibility to steep hillsides and inclines at minimal effort to the user.

Users with mobility and disability challenges often use an incline platform lift to climb staircases in their home with their mobility scooter or motorized wheelchair. Outdoor incline elevators are used to access steep hillside property where stairs are not a preferred option. Incline elevators can also be used to move equipment and materials to hard to reach elevated locations for industrial or construction purposes.


Most common incline elevators are constructed from steel or aluminum materials, are powered by electric motors, and operate with push button electronic controls. Common drive systems include cable winding drums and continuous loop traction drives.

National standards, regulations, and safety codes specific to inclined elevators are provided in ASME A17.1 "Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators" under Part 5.1.[1]

Notable incline elevators[edit]

The "Hillavator" at Shadowbrook restaurant in Capitola, California, ascending its incline.

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  1. ^ "Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators" (PDF). THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. ASME A17.1-2007/CSA B44-07. April 6, 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
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  3. ^ a b c d e Flegenheimer, Matt (May 29, 2014). "With New Slant on Subway Elevators, Expect Delays". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "DART History: 2000". Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tours at Grand Coulee Dam". Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Grand Coulee Dam: Tour of the Third Powerplant". U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Incline lift at Greenford Tube station is UK first". Transport for London. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 

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