Botetourt County is on its way to a having a renowned elevator in the courthouse in Fincastle. “Diesel Ducy “is a famous elevator film maker on YouTube and has been since 2006. In that 6 year period his elevator films have produced over 30 million hits. Yes. 30 million plus views of elevator rides! He has over 7,000 subscribers.
“Diesel Ducy” is really named Andrew Reams. He lives in Vinton and works for Norfolk Southern. Diesel Ducy is a toy locomotive that makes an appearance in his films. ” I have loved elevators since I was a kid. I have filmed over 2,000 elevators and have 400 more on hard drives.” He is an aficionado of elevators. He owns a collection of elevator ring buttons and came over to the Roanoke Times for a ride on the elevators as featured in the photo. He is a great conversationalist and very knowledgeable.
Reams has a huge following particularly among people with autism disorders. He feels he too, may have a form of Asperger’s Syndrome. He has filming students and friends from all over including Virginia Tech, that ride elevators with him. In 1993 using a camcorder, he filmed his first elevator ride at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. He re-filmed that elevator in 2007 for YouTube.”I have ridden in most every elevator in the Roanoke Valley.
From the first day the Botetourt View looked at the film on Dec. 18 the view count went from 12 hits to Dec. 21 when it had 1,217 hits.
Here’s what to know about the tiny elevator in the Fincastle courthouse. Reams discovered it on his step son’s school field trip. He always carries a camera in the car, so he retrieved the camera and filmed the ride. The courthouse elevator was manufactured by L.H. Gay of Richmond. It is a hydraulic elevator with an 800 lb weight limit and can only hold a couple of folks at a time. Most people take the steps. Indeed, the tiny elevator makes a bit of noise as it climbs up and down the courthouse.
He has filmed elevators all over the United States. Facebook him at Diesel Ducy or email DieselDucy@gmail.com as he is always looking for a new elevator to film and ride.