This Historic Railcar In Southern California Has Been Shut Down For Years… Until Now

The historic and beloved Angels Flight Railway is finally coming back to Los Angeles, and it’s a really big deal.

The gorgeous orange funicular had been an L.A. landmark for over 100 years. In its 1940s heyday, the block-long railway ferried about 4,000 passengers daily. It closed in 2001 after a fatal accident, and has experienced multiple closings and reopenings since.

The last time the railway made the journey between Grand Central Market and Bunker Hill downtown was in 2014.

Now, for the first time in years, the much-loved railway has an official opening date once more. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign and a lot of support from the L.A. public, Angels Flight is set to start running again on Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017.

What’s more, there’s an operators agreement in effect until 2047! That means we’ll have decades to enjoy riding this cheeky orange funicular like Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land.

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Check out the Los Angeles Times coverage of the Angels Flight reopening for more info on the iconic railway and additional updates.