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Angels Flight Shut Down for Wheel Repairs

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, June 10, 2011, at 07:21AM
Angels Flight Eric Richardson

State inspectors ordered Angels Flight to shut down on Thursday, the second time the short incline railway has been forced to suspend operations since it returned to service last March.

Inspectors from the Public Utilities Commission discovered what it considered unsafe wear to wheel flanges—the part of the wheel that keeps the rail car on the tracks—during a routine inspection.

It could take several weeks for new steel wheels to arrive.

The 109-year-old line was briefly shut down last year when inspectors found a door that was not correctly closing during operation.

Railway officials must find and correct the cause of the wheel flange wear before the funicular can be reopened.

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