Thursday, May 6, 2010

Angels Flight

Last night my roommate Swati and I rode the infamous Angels Flight in downtown Los Angeles. Swati saw it and immediately suggested that we ride it up Bunker Hill. It reopened recently so we were excited to ride it. Besides one other man, we were only ones on it so that was neat!

Here's a little history about it:

Angels Flight is a landmark funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. The funicular has operated on two slightly different sites, using the same cars. The first Angels Flight operated from 1901 until it was closed in 1969 when its site was re-developed. The second version opened nearby in 1996, and closed again in 2001 after a fatal accident. This second version adjacent to California Plaza began operating again on Monday, March 15, 2010 after being out of service for nine years. For just 25 cents you can board one of the two orange and black rail cars and ride "The Shortest Railway in the World". This funicular dates back to 1901, when Bunker Hill was L.A.'s most fashionable neighborhood and the cars, the Olivet and the Sinai, ferried prominent citizens up and down the 350 foot slope between Hill and Olive streets. As short as it is, this train is an essential L.A. experience.

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