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“Angels Flight Railway Is Back!”

Angels Flight Railway
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Small-Group Tour of Los Angeles from Long Beach and San Pedro
Ranked #113 of 539 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: A rebuilt historic incline railway.
Los Angeles
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Angels Flight Railway Is Back!”
Reviewed 17 March 2010

The historic Angels Flight Funicular Railway in downtown Los Angeles, CA re-opened after shutting down since 2001 after a fatal accident. Now 9 years later it's finally back in operation at the Bunker Hill District of downtown on March 15, 2010 with upgraded safety features. It takes you up from Hill Street to Olive Street at the top, where the ticket office is located. A one-way up or down ride is 25 cents, 50 cents round trip. It is a very short ride of under 50 seconds. So if you're into exploring downtown LA it is worth trying. Across the street is the Grand Central Market where there are a selection of eateries, produce, health foods, drinks, bakery, butcher shop, frozen yogurt, etc. Also nearby is Union Station, Olvera Street, Walt Disney Music Hall, Chinatown, Bradbury Building, City Hall, and of course, downtown.

6 Thank npphotog
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Nuevo Ca
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“I first was on Angels Flight 70 years ago.”
Reviewed 10 November 2009

Angels flight has many memories for me. When I was 5 yrs my mother shopped at the Grand Central Market, The Broadway, and Andrews Hardware. We would ride the red and yellow streetcars from the Wilshire and Vermont area.
I wish they would kepted it next to the 3rd Street tunnel.

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los angeles
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“The best little railway”
Reviewed 6 July 2009

I grew up on this little railway. My Oma always took me to see my Opa at the jewelry mart where he worked. We always took the angles flight and as a child it was the best. An adult may not think so but a child would. This it is the best little railway and I highly recommend taking your child to a historic fun landmark.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Charming Very Short Funicular”
Reviewed 23 September 2005

This is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. Angels Flight is a very short and very old funicular railway which takes you from the Grand Central Market of old downtown to the new downtown along Grand Avenue. MOCA, the Colburn School and Disney Hall are nearby. The California Plaza hosts an ambitious schedule of concerts and performances throughout the summer. There is a lovely courtyard across the street at the entrance to the market.

The railroad was in storage for almost 25 years before returning in the late 90's. I used to live across the street and used it all the time. The hike up the hill is not for the faint-hearted. Alas, the adjacent park, Angels Knoll, is not too well maintained. It is too bad, because it is a lovely site.

Unfortunately, the trains crashed in 2001 (they changed the original design). The railroad is still not back in operation. The latest date for its return is spring 2006. Once the railroad is running again, this will improve the experience for tourists. I do recommend getting out of your car.

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3 reviews
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“pointless little pile of rust”
Reviewed 11 January 2005

One of the amusing things about L.A. "attractions" is the hyperbole. So many times I've been told "you have to see fill-in-the-blank, it's incredible!" and when you actually see it, it's a pile of junk. This is a classic example of that. The Angel's Flight is a very small little beat-up "railway" consisting of an old arched entrance and some rusty tracks that go up a block or two. There is absolutely no reason to ever go even a block out of your way to see this and indeed if you aren't really paying attention you'll easily drive right by it without noticing it. Definitely can miss this unless you have some particular interest in L.A. historical transit matters.

8 Thank Goldwave
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