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November 1, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After sitting in storage for more than 22 years, the historic Angels Flight railway was on the move again Thursday in downtown Los Angeles. Workers returned the funicular's station house and landmark archway to a vacant lot at the corner of 4th and Hill streets in preparation for the reconstruction of the tiny incline railway next year.
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October 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Kate Mather and Scott Gold
In theory, the tiny railway was a quaint, enduring witness - watching as commuters gave up horses and buggies for tail-finned Cadillacs; as the prim Victorians atop Bunker Hill gave way to rooming houses and then shimmering skyscrapers; as downtown Los Angeles went from bustling to decrepit and back again. In practice, Angels Flight has become an emblem of the way in which Los Angeles preserves and celebrates its young history: imperfectly. On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that in the months before a September derailment, operators of the historic railway had been using a small tree branch to hold down the start button to keep the trains running.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 70-second ride is only slightly bumpy, a little noisy and a lot of fun. Certainly worth a wait of 27 years. That was the enthusiastic verdict Saturday from the first public round of passengers on the restored Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles. After nearly three decades in storage and a $4.1-million overhaul, the funicular was welcomed back like a long-lost friend by the estimated 4,000 people who rode its two orange-and-black cars and celebrated at a sun-blessed arts festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
Writer John Fante -- Charles Bukowski's hero and our preeminent chronicler of life in downtown L.A. -- was born 101 years ago Thursday. In his honor, the intersection of Grand Avenue and 5th Street will be renamed John Fante Square . The location is at the foot of the old Bunker Hill neighborhood where Fante gathered inspiration for "Ask the Dust" and other classics. The event includes a dedication, speeches from members of the Fante family, a ride on the Angels Flight Railway and a stop at the King Edward Saloon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1993 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After waiting for years for a developer to get the job done, Los Angeles city officials have decided to move ahead themselves with a plan to get the historic Angels Flight railway rolling again on downtown's Bunker Hill. The city's Community Redevelopment Agency on Thursday approved a $4-million restoration of the twin cable car system that connected Bunker Hill and downtown for 68 years before being dismantled in 1969.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1991
Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners Thursday approved a plan to resurrect the Angels Flight Railway, which for nearly 70 years carried passengers across downtown Los Angeles. From 1901 until it was dismantled 22 years ago to make way for a redevelopment project, Angels Flight Railway provided a link between the business district and Bunker Hill, then a fashionable residential neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1993
I have lived in Southern California for 15 years and perhaps do not fully understand the historical significance of the Angels Flight railway. I also do not understand how the Los Angeles City Council can approve a $4 million plan to reinstall a rail line that runs "one-block" (photo/article, July 22) while cutting city budgets and wondering how to fund 3,000 additional policemen. This rail line restoration may be worthwhile at some later date--but certainly not at the expense of all the other priorities that will make our city run on time.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
Writer John Fante -- Charles Bukowski's hero and our preeminent chronicler of life in downtown L.A. -- was born 101 years ago Thursday. In his honor, the intersection of Grand Avenue and 5th Street will be renamed John Fante Square . The location is at the foot of the old Bunker Hill neighborhood where Fante gathered inspiration for "Ask the Dust" and other classics. The event includes a dedication, speeches from members of the Fante family, a ride on the Angels Flight Railway and a stop at the King Edward Saloon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1996
MAdison 6-1901: That old telephone number for the Angels Flight Railway conjures up images of preskyscraper downtown Los Angeles, when the funicular transported people between Bunker Hill and the retail and commercial district below. For those who wax nostalgic, the Angels Flight is back. Restored to its old glory and with the old Madison prefix (that's "MA," or 62, for those who don't remember), Angels Flight resumes service this Saturday after a 27-year hiatus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
In a final report, federal investigators said that faulty mechanical and brake systems, combined with weak oversight, led to a fatal crash two years ago at the historic Angels Flight railway, which could open again next year after being closed since the accident. The crash occurred Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2010 | By Cara Mia DiMassa
The California Public Utilities Commission has approved the safety certificate for the historic Angels Flight rail line in downtown L.A., nine years after a fatal accident closed the funicular. In a letter to Angels Flight Railway Co., the PUC said that it had "no major safety concerns" regarding the rail line, which runs up and down Bunker Hill. The company has faced numerous delays in reopening Angels Flight. John Welborne, head of a nonprofit foundation that is trying to reopen the funicular, said he was pleased by the PUC's decision, calling it an important step forward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2005 | Peter Y. Hong and Veronica Torrejon, Times Staff Writers
When she was a child in the 1960s, one of Monique Birault's favorite weekend excursions was heading downtown with her mother from their Echo Park home to ride the Angels Flight railway up and down Bunker Hill, followed by a visit to Olvera Street. Birault, now a Santa Monica architect, recalled those happy outings Saturday as she painted the railings along the railway, closed since a 2001 crash that killed a passenger.
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October 4, 2004 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
The Bunker Hill Trolley, a brightly painted bus that shuttled passengers up and down the steep hills that separate Grand Avenue and Hill Street downtown, was scheduled to make its last rounds Sunday. The service was started in 2001 to replace Angels Flight Railway, a hillside cable car that was closed that year after an accident killed an 83-year-old man and injured seven others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
In a final report, federal investigators said that faulty mechanical and brake systems, combined with weak oversight, led to a fatal crash two years ago at the historic Angels Flight railway, which could open again next year after being closed since the accident. The crash occurred Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2002 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Public Utilities Commission is blaming poor design, construction and maintenance by the city's Community Redevelopment Agency and its contractors and inadequate oversight by the commission's own staff for last year's fatal crash of the Angels Flight cable railway. Leon Praport, 83, a survivor of the Holocaust, was killed, and his wife and six other people were injured on Feb.
NEWS
February 21, 2002
Just as many enterprises have been opening downtown in recent months, others have been closing--some temporarily, some for good. Here's a quick look at four erstwhile attractions you shouldn't expect to see downtown, at least not right away. For other downtown information, including upcoming events, parking and driving directions, check any of these Web sites: www.downtownla.com, www.downtownnews.com or www.newdowntown.com.
NEWS
February 21, 2002
Just as many enterprises have been opening downtown in recent months, others have been closing--some temporarily, some for good. Here's a quick look at four erstwhile attractions you shouldn't expect to see downtown, at least not right away. For other downtown information, including upcoming events, parking and driving directions, check any of these Web sites: www.downtownla.com, www.downtownnews.com or www.newdowntown.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2002 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Public Utilities Commission is blaming poor design, construction and maintenance by the city's Community Redevelopment Agency and its contractors and inadequate oversight by the commission's own staff for last year's fatal crash of the Angels Flight cable railway. Leon Praport, 83, a survivor of the Holocaust, was killed, and his wife and six other people were injured on Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved the city's part of a proposed $3-million settlement with the family of a Holocaust survivor who was killed in the Angels Flight funicular accident Feb. 1. The council voted unanimously to authorize the city Community Redevelopment Agency to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of Leon Praport, 83, and the serious injury of his wife, Lola, 81.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 10 months after the Angels Flight funicular railway cars crashed downtown, killing one person and injuring seven, plans to reopen the attraction are still in limbo. The necessary safety improvements have not even been officially identified. Railway officials say nothing can be done beyond repairing the two badly damaged cars--work that has already begun in an Eastside warehouse--until the National Transportation Safety Board reports on the cause of the Feb. 1 accident.
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