Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 12 March 2015

Angels Flight Memories in Los Angeles

Vintage b&w photo of Angels Flight in Los Angeles

Our Los Angeles Tour Guests Wish

They Could Ride

The world’s shortest railway (300 ft.), Angels Flight in downtown Los Angeles, has a long and interesting history and when it is in full operation is a remarkable experience for Los Angelenos as well as our Los Angeles tour guests enjoying a private, custom tour of the city.  Built more than 100 years ago to provide transportation up and down the very steep (33% grade) Bunker Hill neighborhood downtown the tiny railway proved to be both a reasonable conveyance and a city attraction.  The original railway was displaced by downtown redevelopment and moved a half a block over but still serves the same dual purpose – getting people up and down the hill and attracting visitors and railroad buffs.  Sadly, despite changes in ownership and modern engineering the little railroad that could suddenly could not.  Mostly small accidents brought regulatory scrutiny to the system and it was closed indefinitely in 2011.  Every effort is being made to return the two railway cars, Olivet and Sinai, back into service.  We still visit the location but are unable to have our guests enjoy the ride up and down Bunker Hill.

A vintage color photograph of Angels Flight in Los Angeles

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