Angels Flight®: The Story of an L.A. Icon Learn about the fascinating history of "The World's Shortest Railway" You can see it in more than a hundred movies, read about it in dozens of books and even do skateboard tricks on a video game version of it. And once again, you'll be able to ride Angels Flight®. After gathering dust for four years, the legendary, century-old funicular has been rehabbed and restored to its early 1900s glory. (It has also received a few 21st century safety upgrades.) The "world's shortest railway" is back in action, and once again [...]
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Mayor Garcetti announces reopening of historic Angels Flight® Railway LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Angels Flight®, the iconic Downtown Los Angeles railway, has reopened to the public after a three-year closure. The Mayor celebrated the opening alongside Councilmember José Huizar, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Angels Flight® Railway Foundation, and the private partners that helped modernize the funicular over the last six months. “Angels Flight® is so much more than a railway — it’s a bridge to our history, and a window into countless moments of joy and wonder that have helped [...]
Angels Flight® reopens amid fanfare in downtown LA after 4-year hiatus DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Angels Flight®, known as the shortest railway in the world, reopened amid fanfare in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday morning after a four-year hiatus. The popular funicular is comprised of two railroad cars that counterbalance each other as they ascend and descend Bunker Hill. "This is a very exciting day for all of L.A. -- for all of us who love history, for all of us who love downtown, for all of us who love that Los Angeles always hits above its [...]
You Can Finally Ride the Funicular From ‘La La Land’ L.A.'s historic Angels Flight® is set to reopen after four years of renovations. Los Angeles’ historic funicular, Angels Flight®, will reopen to the public on Thursday, August 31, according to the Los Angeles Times. Larry Sharkey/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The 116-year-old railway shut down after a derailment four years ago for a $5-million safety upgrade. Work included the installation of a brand new evacuation staircase, new motors, and updated safety features. The funicular also got a fresh coat of orange paint, including on the two cars named Sinai [...]
The re-opening of Angels Flight® Railway by Labor Day, which was announced last week by Mayor Eric Garcetti, has been decades in the making. It is a testament to the dogged patience and persistence of Windsor Square resident John Welborne, whose role in the effort dates back to 1978, when he conceived the idea of bringing [...]
Historic Angels Flight® to reopen by Labor Day An agreement has been reached to restore, operate, and maintain the railway for 30 years. LOS ANGELES — Angels Flight®, the iconic Downtown L.A. railway, will reopen to the public by Labor Day, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. The world-renowned, 116-year-old funicular takes passengers on a scenic ride between Hill and Olive Streets on Bunker Hill. It will reopen after a three-year closure for a full-scale modernization with state-of-the-art safety upgrades made possible through a unique public-private partnership. Mayor Garcetti unveiled the modernization plans today alongside Councilmember José Huizar, the [...]
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