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This is elevator 8 at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA.

General information

This elevator is a circa 1953 Otis overhead traction elevator, which is original, except for the addition of fire service. Fire service appears to have possibly been added by U.S. in the 1970s, but this is unconfirmed. This elevator has a loud motor. Something might be wrong with the motor.

Basic information

  • Manufacturer: Otis
  • Serial no.: Unknown
  • Speed: Unknown
  • Year of construction: Circa 1953
  • Capacity: 4000 lbs / ?? Persons
  • Drive type: Overhead Traction
  • Motor: DC
  • Motor Control: Motor Generator
  • Selector: Vintage Otis (likely 6850)
  • Controllers: Relay Logic, Selective Collective
  • Status: In Service
  • Usage: Passenger
  • Filming difficulty: Easy-Medium

Door specification

  • Door type: Automatic
  • Exterior door system: Two speed left opening (assuming you are looking at the elevator from outside)
  • Inner door system: Two speed left opening (assuming you are looking at the elevator from outside)
  • Door safety: Likely sensors

Fixtures

  • Hall station
    • Manufacturer/series: Otis (there is also an added U.S.? fire service phase 1 panel)
    • Button series: Non-illuminating black buttons
    • Illuminative: No
    • Separate up/down buttons: Yes
    • Floor indicator: Rotodial indicator on hall station (not working and covered up on most, if not all floors)
    • Direction indicator: None
  • Car Station
    • Manufacturer/series: Otis (there could also be an added U.S.? fire service phase 2 panel)
    • Button series: Non-illuminating black buttons
    • Illuminative: No
    • Separate control panel for wheelchair: No
    • Floor indicator: late 1920s-1950s? Otis (small floor numbers)
    • Direction indicator: late 1920s-1950s? Otis (there is a direction indicator on the car station, and a direction indicator mounted on back of cab, direction indicators might stay lit for the direction the elevator is moving until the elevator stops)

Floors serving

  • Floors served: 5
  • Floor layout: B 1 2 3 4

Trivia

  • The elevators in this complex are known for being unreliable.
  • Interestingly, despite this elevator having a loud motor that sounds like something is wrong with it, it might be more reliable than the other circa 1953 Otis elevator.
  • When WestCoast Elevators filmed here, this elevator was very shaky when leveling. This has likely since been fixed.

Videos

Video by upanddownadventures:

Another Vintage Otis Traction Elevator at O'Connor Hospital 1953 Building in San Jose, CA11:50

Another Vintage Otis Traction Elevator at O'Connor Hospital 1953 Building in San Jose, CA

Another Vintage Otis Traction Elevator at O'Connor Hospital 1953 Building in San Jose, CA

Video by WestCoast Elevators:

Vintage 1953 Otis Traction Elevator @ O'Connor Hospital in San Jose CA03:03

Vintage 1953 Otis Traction Elevator @ O'Connor Hospital in San Jose CA

Vintage 1953 Otis Traction Elevator @ O'Connor Hospital in San Jose CA

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