Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The historic Angels Flight in Downtown L.A...

I'm finding that there is more to Downtown L.A. than meets the eye.

In addition to being home to the striking Walt Disney Concert Hall, and all the new angel sculptures I've discovered, there's also a local landmark called 'Angels Flight' nestled away amongst the tall buildings of the business district.
Angels Flight railway in Downtown Los Angeles
Found in the Bunker Hill area of Downtown L.A., Angels Flight is a historic cultural monument. This funicular railway (or incline railway) first operated in 1901 until it was closed in 1969 when its location was redeveloped.
Angels Flight funicular railway lower entrance
In 1996 the second Angels Flight reopened nearby, but then closed following a serious accident which killed 83 year old Leon Praport, and injured seven others, in 2001.
Angels Flight cable cars in Downtown LA
The two railway carriages are called Sinai and Olivet.
Angels Flight railway cars in Downtown LA
The sign over the closed lower terminus says that it is due to reopen later this year, but I get the impression that this has been promised many times before.
Angels Flight in Downtown LA
I got a bit of a thrill from seeing the cable cars as I'm a great fan of writer Michael Connelly and his L.A. based Detective, Harry Bosch. His 1999 novel Angels Flight first introduced me to this little railway system.
The second Angels Flight in Downtown LA
I also love that it fits in with my angel quest around The City of Angels and who'd have thought there'd be so much angelic imagery in Downtown L.A.

Who knows what I'll discover next in Downtown L.A...

Buy the book about the photographic history of Angels Flight in the USA: Los Angeles's Angels Flight (Images of America: California)

Buy the book about the photographic history of Angels Flight in the UK: Los Angeles's Angels Flight (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))

Buy Michael Connelly's Angels Flight book in the USA: Angels Flight (Harry Bosch)

Buy Michael Connelly's Angels Flight book in the UK: Angels Flight

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