Angels Flight, Los Angeles

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Angels Flight

 

In the Bunker Hill district of downtown Los Angeles, California is the Angels Flight landmark cable car railway. There really is no apostrophe in the name. For only 25 cents you can ride one of the two orange and black rail cars and go on what is known as "The Shortest Railway in the World". Angels Flight dates back to 1901, at a time when Bunker Hill was L.A.'s most fashionable neighborhood.

 

The cars, the Olivet and the Sinai, usually carried prominent citizens up and down the 350 foot slope between Hill and Olive streets. With the development of the district in 1969, the beloved structure was dismantled then refurbished and transferred to an area adjacent to California Plaza in 1995. Though short, this train is part and parcel of the L.A. experience.

The Community Redevelopment Agency approved final plans for the California Plaza, which incorporated a newly restored Angels Flight twenty years later. Reconstruction began in 1995 amid bureaucratic red tape and took another six years. On February 24, 1996 Angels Flight was re-opened, approximately half a block from its first site. Angels Flight, at Fourth and Hill Streets, is open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM. The one-way fare is just 25 cents.

 
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