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Angels Flight Cars Back on Track

By Eric Richardson
Published: Saturday, November 01, 2008, at 12:49PM
Angels Flight Cars Return Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Angels Flight looks significantly less forlorn today, as its pair of bright orange cars are returned to the track.

Olivet and Sinai are back by Bunker Hill today, returned to their Angels Flight home via flatbed trailer. The two cars were trucked over from the Arts District this morning, where they had been stored at Metro's Red Line yard. The cars' return marks the first visible sign that service might resume by the end of 2008.

A massive crane lifted the first car onto the track a little after 9am. Because the funicular features a single track at the top and bottom, with a passing section in the middle, the cabling must be hooked up and the car lifted up the track before the second car could be placed. It sat on a trailer nearby.

Once the cars are in place, testing can commence. The railway must pass inspections by the California Public Utilities Commission before it can return to passenger service.

Update (Sunday): The Times covers the cars' return this morning, and includes a great photo gallery.

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