Angels Flight Railway, Los Angeles





Angels Flight is a landmark 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It has two funicular cars, Olivet and Sinai, running in opposite directions on a shared cable, on the 298 feet (91 m) long inclined railway.
The funicular has operated on two different sites, using the same cars and station elements. The original Angels Flight location, with tracks connecting Hill Street and Olive Street, operated from 1901 until it was closed in 1969, when its site was cleared for redevelopment.


The second Angels Flight location opened one half block south of the original location in 1996, with tracks connecting Hill Street and California Plaza. It was shut down in 2001, following a fatal accident, and took nine years to commence operations again. The railroad restarted operations on March 15, 2010. It was closed again from June 10, 2011 to July 5, 2011, and then again after a minor derailment incident on September 5, 2013. The investigation of this 2013 incident led to the discovery of potentially serious safety problems in both the design and the operation of the funicular.
Before the 2013 service suspension, the cost of a one-way ride was 50 cents (25 cents for Metro pass holders). Although it was marketed primarily as a tourist novelty, it was frequently used by local workers to travel between the Downtown Historic Core and Bunker Hill. In 2015, the executive director of the nearby REDCAT arts center described the railroad as an important "economic link", and there was pressure for the city to fund and re-open the railroad. After safety enhancements were completed, Angels Flight reopened for public service on August 31, 2017, now charging $1 for a one-way ride (50 cents for Metro pass holders).
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  • The fare for Angel's Flight is only $1, $2 for a round trip ticket. Keep in mind that it's a low cost ride, the people who run Angels flight would like to see low denominations of $1 $5 or even...  more »
  • Nice ride on an historical railway. From the Central market you can get uphill in a few minutes. For 2$ you can go up and down, it's a nice break if you are around visiting downtown  more »
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  • I think this is one of the shortest train tracks, but interesting because of the history and the steep angle. Only pays 1 dollar to go up, and if you want a souvenir, there’s a souvenir ticket also. You can ride one way up, and then take the stairs down. It’s very near to Grand Central Market too.
  • This is a super fun ride up Bunker Hill that you just should do for the sake of doing it. Trust me. It's fun. It's quick. If you have to wait in line, you'll wait longer than the ride lasts but it doesn't matter. Why? Because it's super fun. We noticed there's a minimal fee to ride up, but the day we hopped on it was free. So there's that. And this is totally unique and totally an LA landmark that should be experienced!
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