Saturday, April 11, 2009

Angels Flight Revisited

Angels Flight is a landmark funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown Los Angeles, California. Built in 1901 as the Los Angeles Incline Railway, running northwest from the west corner of Third and Hill Streets.

Angels Flight consisted of two carriages pulled up a steep incline by metal cables powered by engines at the top of the hill. As one car ascended, the other descended, carried down by gravity. The two cars were named Sinai and Olivet.

Angels Flight Car on north track - 1950's.

Angels Flight 1957.

Angels Flight June 1967.

Angels Flight Car on South -1960's.

Angel Flight control house - 1969.

Angels Flight control house on last night of service
at original site in 1969.

LINK: Photos are from the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive at the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

4 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

Fantastic! What a great piece of Los Angeles history. I never got to ride Angel's Flight in its original location, but I did ride it when they moved it. Once. Just weeks before it crashed and was closed again, apparently forever.

walterworld said...

Always been fascinated with the story of Angel's Flight.

Too bad the reopening ended so badly. The whole re-engineering of the railway apparently was botched.

It appears that it won't ever reopen, but I'd still like to visit the stations as they are today.

Thanks---

Keith said...

I really like those last few pictures.

Angels Flight Railway Company said...

The Angels Flight Railway restoration is nearly complete, and reopening will be sometime in the late spring or later of 2009.

Please see the latest details in the LONG reader comment following the editorial at:
downtownnews.com/articles/2009/02/09/news/opinion/02-09-09-edit01.txt