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Elusive Angels Flight Set to Get Its Rail Cars

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 02:41PM
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Ken Johnson and Jim Toomey work on the lower portion of the Angels Flight site.

The elusive Angels Flight appears set to make its grand entrance. Ken Johnson and Jim Toomey were at work on the funicular's tracks today, and say that the two cars should be moved to the site tomorrow and testing should begin shortly.

In Curbed's report, Angels Flight foundation head John Welbourne says that engineers were testing the cable drive and performing track work today.

Those involved hope to have the short railway up and running sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The two cars -- Olivet and Sinai -- have most recently been stored at the Metro Red Line yard in the Arts District.

Angels Flight was first put into service in 1901, rising adjacent to the 3rd Street Tunnel. It was dismantled in 1969 and rebuilt in its current location as part of the California Plaza development. Reopened in 1996, the service operated for five years until a fatal accident closed the line.

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