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Angels Flight

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Angels Flight, originally known as the "Los Angeles Incline Railway," was built in 1901 by Col. J.W. Eddy. Angels Flight was a popular, but short, railroad in Los Angeles connecting the original Downtown shopping district below with the residential district of Bunker Hill. The two counterbalanced passenger cars, Sinai and Olivet ran until the late 1960s when it was closed temporarily. It didn't open again for 27 years. The reopening in 1996 was a major city event.

Angels Flight Railway closed following an accident on February 1, 2001 that killed an 83-year-old man and injured seven others. It is planned to reopen summer 2007 with improved safely.

Angels Flight
Going up.4-7-96.
Angels Flight
Lower station. 4-7-96.
Angels Flight
Going up. 4-7-96.
Angels Flight
Going up. 4-7-96.
Angels Flight
Looking toward the lower station. 4-7-96.
Angels Flight
Upper station. 4-7-96.
Angels Flight
For many years, the stations were stored in the open, exposed to the elements. Although the stations were made of concrete, the paint suffered and there was some deterioration to the concrete. The Angels Flight stations were surrounded by the chain link fence evident in this photo taken on April 3, 1993. The cars were stored in an LA warehouse.
Angels Flight
Angels Flight Railway is currently closed following an accident on February 1, 2001 that killed one person and injured seven. The damaged cars have been removed. 11-10-01.
February 2007, still closed.
February 2007, still closed.
These three photos, taken on April 13, 2008, show Sinai and Olivet in an MTA rail yard awaiting reinstallation.


The cars sit idle on the track in 2016.

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