Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Angels Flight Third & Hill Streets - Los Angeles 1960

These "Angels Flight" photographs are from the Historic American Buildings Survey collection at the Library of Congress and are pictured in their original format. Information on LOC Index Card prepared by A. Lewis Koue, National Park Service in 1964 reads as follows:

History: Built in 1901 by Colonel J.W. Eddy to serve the residential area of Bunker Hill. The last remaining cable railway, although licensed as an elevator, in Los Angeles.

Description: Two-block long line operating by cable traction on three rails except where the two cars pass and here they switch onto two double tracks. Counter-balancing cars utilized to augment power energy for operation of system.

Lower Station - Northeast Elevation. (Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)

Lower Station - East Elevation. (Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)

Detail of cars passing at mid point of incline. (Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)

Detail of car at lower portion of incline. (Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)

Upper Station - West Elevation. (Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)


Katella Gate said...

In the second photograph, right under the words "Angels Flight" is a dark square with carved letters: BPOE. I can't think of any LA municipal department with that acronym, but it does usually stand for "Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks"

Not knowing anything about Angels Flight, did the Elks have something to do with its construction or financing?

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Katella Gate: The initials that appear on the archway, 'BPOE', do in fact stand for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, They once had a lodge in a large building adjacent to the top of the original flight. Thanks for looking.

Major Pepperidge said...

I love photos of Angel's Flight. I never got to ride the original, but I am thankful that I did ride it (back when I used to do freelance illustration for the Los Angeles Times) when it moved a block or so away. It was only a few months later that the fatal crash occurred that closed it forever.

walterworld said...

I sure hope they fix the problems and get this back running...

I spent a very fun few hours researching Angel's Flight a few years ago when I first heard of it.

Thanks for the post!

angels flight railway said...

The post-accident restoration work is nearly complete. An all-new Drive and Control System has been designed and is 75% installed. Look for more news later in 2008.

John H. Welborne
Angels Flight Railway Foundation
Los Angeles


Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thank you for the update John. It is appreciated. Looking forward to riding again, Richard.