Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sundays In My City #45 - Angels Flight

I'm a happy participant of Sundays In My City hosted by Unknown Mami.

They call it the smallest railway in the world and they might be right! Los Angeles' Angels Flight is a funicular, or inclined railway, that connects the Bunker Hill District to Downtown Los Angeles. It was first built in 1901.

Recently Beloved Husband and I hopped on at the bottom of the hill and took the short ride up.


And up.....

And up.....

This cute ticket office, and where the lone employee works running the train remotely, is what we saw when we got to the top....


These are the current prices-- And it's a good thing too. Parking our car cost $8.00!


You know what they say-- What goes up, must come down....


It took all of 5 minutes to ride up, get off, walk around, buy our tickets and ride back down but it was a piece of Los Angeles history that neither of us had ever experienced. And frankly, after reading the history and the spotty safety record of the railroad, I doubt we'll be doing it again. But I glad we did. For more info on Angels Flight, click HERE.

How's your Sunday?
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42 comments:

Pseudo said...

It's adorable. I grew up in LA and have never seen or heard of this little gem.

Ami said...

I had never heard of it either!
Sounds like fun.

:)

Cinner said...

That was interesting Joanna, I have only ever been to La once, some day I am coming back though...until then, c

slommler said...

How adorable! Love the ticket office! And great pictures!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Mari said...

That is really cute!

Brian Miller said...

how very cool. bet my boys would love it and for a quarter thats and easy win. i really have no clue what we are doing today...my only day off this week so...

Davine said...

What a cute cheap little railway.

Cathy Clementz said...

The little office is charming (love the colors, your photos are great!). We saw something like this I believe in Georgia but I don't remember where in Georgia. We didn't take the ride. As much as I love roller coasters, the one we saw kind of put a fear into me..seemed like it was almost straight up and it was a LONG track! The one you shared doesn't look so intimidating!

TechnoBabe said...

Yikes. Spotty safety record. Hmmm. Looks like a short ride though. And it is fun that you checked out a piece of the LA history.

Eva Gallant said...

Now that is something of which I was totallly unaware! Neat!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Dang, I have yet to do this!.Shame on me, and I have lived around L.A. forever...

Jeanie said...

New to me, but it looks interesting and fun, except maybe for the spotty safety record.

mimbles said...

I love that they've kept something like that operating, the ticket office is just perfect :-)

Willoughby said...

You always find the most interesting places! I want to live where you live!

Daryl said...

If you are a lover of suspense/procedural novels check out Angels Flight by Michael Connelly .. you wont be disappointed. Wonderful shots!

gibknitty said...

It's always fun to check out new things in a city where you live...things that maybe are more touristy. I've been trying to do a bit of that myself lately.

ladyfi said...

It looks delightfully quaint!

Tammy said...

That is so cute and looks like a lot of fun.

Kristina P. said...

So cool! I really need to spend more time in LA City proper, not just the surrounding areas.

Unknown Mami said...

I've never heard of this railway before. I'm glad you did it at least once.

Nancy C said...

Until that last tidbit, I was putting this on my someday to-do list for sure. My boys are mad for trains.

This reminds me of an inclined train I took in Hong Kong. Such an amazing way to see a city!

Betty said...

I saw this on TV once. Cool that you got to experience it.

Gran said...

This looks like lots of fun!

When did I become my Mom said...

See this is why I love SIMC. What a find!

gayle said...

I have never heard of this!! Sounds so interesting. Going to ask my cousins if they have ever ridden it. Great post!!!

secret agent woman said...

Do you have to take all five rides in a day, or can you go back over time? Of course, I guess with that parking fee, it would make sense to take them all at one shot.

ChristineM said...

I love it! What a cool little piece of history! Quick - someone tell Boston to get one of these things so I don;t have to pay $40 to park next time I go shopping! ;)

Have a great day!

VM Sehy Photography said...

This is so cool. I never knew it existed. I might have gone when we lived in the LA area.

Fireblossom said...

That little railroad is the cutest thing, Joanna! And you're right, I love the little ticket booth. Great pictures, too!

Traci said...

It looks so cool but maybe they should charge a little more to improve the safety record. Of course, possibly that's why they call it Angel flight?!?

Happy Sunday!
:-)
Traci

Erin said...

That is so cool! Why is it I don't ever remember that!

Now I'm going to have to check it out!

Gaston Studio said...

I first heard of this thru Michael Connelly's book "Angel Flight", one of the best in his Harry Bosch thriller series. Now I can do more than just picture it... thanks!

midwesttomidlands said...

Just recently went on something similar in England, only the car was built out so you sat straight as you went up and down. Sounded like fun and beats the stairs until you said spotty safety record Aaack!! Anyway it's good to do these things while they are still there.

diane said...

Great post Joanna. It's really cool that you did that, and doubly cool that you told us about it. xo d

gaelikaa said...

Oh, what a lovely SIKC post! Something rather different...loved it! And THANK YOU for stopping over at mine xxxx

BLOGitse said...

What a great day you had...
I've always liked trains and railways...
Have a great week!
SIMC greetings from Casa!

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My name is PJ. said...

Well, it's all tooooooo cute! Makes me want to be 6 years old and play trains!

And I learned a new word, "funicular"! Thanks!!!

Katherine said...

What a beautiful post!!

K xx

Emom said...

What FUN! smiles.....

Multiple personalities.. said...

Oooh, cool! I'd love to go for a ride on this! It seems like such a genius idea. Next time I'm in Cali, I'm definitely put this on my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing!

Nezzy said...

Oh, how cool is this??? I wanna ride.

Enjoy your day and may it be topped with many blessings!!!

Marla said...

Oh JJ!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for this post. I remember riding this with my mom in the 1950's. Wonderful memories!