Historic Angels Flight Railway in Los Angeles shut down for repairs

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(Best Syndication News) - The historic Angels Flight Railway was shutdown today because of necessary repairs. The railway has been called “The Shortest Railway in the World” because it runs only 298 feet up and down Hill and Olive streets. The Angels Flight Railway began back in 1901, it has been dismanteled in 1969, but was moved half a block south to reopen in 1996.

On the http://angelsflight.com/ website they said that they have closed Angels Flight today, and will expect repairs to take several weeks.

Inspectors from the California Public Utilites Commission (CPUC) determined that the flanges on the Railway cars’ steel wheels needed replacing.

The Angel Flight Railway Foundation said that they would install new steel wheels as soon as possible. But in the meantime the CPUC staff had told the foundation to stop operating the railway immediately until the problem is fixed.

In a statement, John H. Welborne, the Railway Foundation President, explained that the steel wheels are only 15 years old. The steel wheels have to be custom made, which could take several weeks to be delivered. They monitor the wheels for wear and tear and since reopenin in March 2010, they noticed the wheels deteriorated faster than usual.

Over the last 15 months of operating 16 hours daily, they have had around 800,000 people pay 25 cents to take a ride on the Angels Flight Railway. Welborne added that they might have to raise their rates to more than 25 cents per ride.

BY: N Wilson

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