Angels Flights Friends & Neighbors (FANS) Preservation Campaign

December 12, 2020 – Esotouric presents a webinar: A Cultural History of Angels Flight Railway, 1901-2020. The presentation includes our preservation campaign.

September 1, 2020 – Angels Flight Railway is running again! “Please be aware before you arrive that we are following all recommended COVID-19 protocols for cleaning, social distancing, and wearing of masks. Safety to our staff and our visitors is by far our first priority. If you are uncomfortable with following these protocols we ask that you visit us at another time.”

March 30, 2020 – “Safety to our staff and our visitors is by far our first priority. Due to the unprecedented impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic Angels Flight is closed until further notice.” If you’re downtown, please help keep an eye on this treasured landmark, so it can take Angelenos to the heavens again some sweet day.

August 31, 2017 – Angels Flight returns to service and we are two happy preservationists!


LA’s popular Angels Flight about to reach for heavens again (AP, August 30, 2017) – Richard Schave weighs in from the Angels Flight reopening ceremonies (KPCC, August 31, 2017) – Bunker Hill native son Gordon Pattison shows Lee Cowan around his beloved Angels Flight (CBS This Morning, August 31, 2017) – With Angels Flight, The Devil is in the Details (Daily Bulletin, September 7, 2017) – Departures: “From now on, no visit to LA will be complete without a ride [on Angels Flight].” – Curbed L.A. names Angels Flight Railway “L.A.’s Coolest Ride.”


Our road trip to experience the Dana Point Funicular (August 30, 2017). – Angels Flight restoration photos: haunting white primer coat is a new (temporary) look for Angels Flight (June 21, 2017). – Now the station and arch are orange and a silver evacuation walkway is half installed (June 29, 2017).

March 1, 2017 – Angels Flight Railway is Saved! Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti said of the thousands of Angelenos (and honorary Angelenos) who signed our petition: “I heard you.”

Learn about what’s next for the funicular from The Associated PressLos Angeles TimesDaily NewsLos Angeles MagazineCurbed L.AKTLANew York TimesCBS News… listen to an in-depth radio feature on Off-Ramp… and join us for a ride around Labor Day, 2017!

On July 13, 2015, the Angels Flight Friends and Neighbors Society (Angels Flight FANS) launched a petition asking Mayor Eric Garcetti to please cut the red tape and save Angels Flight Railway. We asked, and thousands answered: if you care about the future of downtown’s historic funicular railway, sign and share!

Learn more about the history of Angels Flight.

New for June 2016: explorable 3-D scan of Angels Flight Railway by Craig Sauer.

Positive Steps

July 20, 2015 – Mayor Garcetti makes a motion to the MTA requesting a report on Angels Flight, including recommendations for resuming operations, to be produced by the CEO by September 23, 2015. (PDF link). The motion passes.

Press Clips

Curbed L.A.: ‘Bosch’ is a modern noir that showcases an unadorned LA. “If we didn’t get [to shoot on Angels Flight], our story would have suffered.” (April 17, 2019)

Vogue Magazine: Preservation is good public policy—and good publicity. Angels Flight restoration leads this profile of Mayor Eric Garcetti. (April 17, 2017)

Los Angeles Times: A green light for Angels Flight and other hopes for 2017 (December 31, 2016)

Esotouric’s Los Angeles Historic Preservation 2016 year-end list: Fallen Angels (December 29, 2016)

Lionel Trains Tracks: Angels Flight Railway Gets Cleaned Up (September 19,2016)

Los Angeles Times: Opinion: Angels Flight is more like Angels Blight (September 14, 2016)

Curbed LA: Watch crews scrub graffiti off Angels Flight, Downtown LA’s historic funicular (September 13, 2016)

LAist: Video: Angels Flight Gets A Scrub Down To Remove Graffiti (September 13, 2016)

Esotouric: Angels Flight Railway graffiti removal (September 12, 2016)

Los Angeles Times: Abandoned three years ago, Angels Flight now target of graffiti vandals (September 9, 2016)

LAist: Some Jerk(s) Tagged Angels Flight With Graffiti (September 9, 2016)

Curbed L.A.: Someone tagged Angels Flight, LA’s favorite tiny railway (September 9, 2016)

LAist: Why This California Condor Is Perched Next To Angels Flight (September 2, 2016)

Los Angeles Magazine: If Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Can Make Out on Angels Flight, We Should Be Able to, Too (July 13, 2016)

Downtown News: The New Battle for Bunker Hill (June 20, 2016)

L.A. Business Journal: Angels Flight Railway Gets Back on Track Online (June 20, 2016)

Esotouric: Photos from the Angels Flight Fundraiser at the Million Dollar Theatre (November 5, 2015)

KPCC’s The Frame: A long-lost film noir gets a second look (November 4, 2015)

L.A. Times:  Critic’s Pick Angels Flight benefit at Million Dollar Theatre features Joseph Losey’s ‘M’ (November 4, 2015)

NBC: Angels Flight Fundraiser: ‘M’ at the Million Dollar (November 2, 2015)

LAist: Film Noir Screening Fundraiser To Help Save Historic Angels Flight (October 13, 2015)

KPCC’s Off-Ramp: A man who grew up on Bunker Hill says ‘Get Angels Flight running again!’ (July 30, 2015)

KCRW’s Which Way L.A.: The Fight to Get Angels Flight Moving Once Again (July 27, 2015)

Los Angeles Wave: MTA to study reopening of Angels Flight (July 24, 2015)


L.A. Times: L.A. business and cultural leaders want to see an Angels Flight plan (July 23, 2015)

KPCC: Metro will investigate how to get Angels Flight cable railway running again (July 23, 2015)

Daily News: Find a way to reopen 114-year-old Angels Flight funicular, says Mayor Eric Garcetti (July 23, 2015)

The Source – Metro’s Transportation headlines (July 16, 2015)

Los Angeles Magazine: A New Change.org Petition to Save Angels Flight is Taking Off (July 16, 2015)

LAist: Historians Demand Angel’s Flight Reopen, Again (July 16, 2015)

KNX News Radio: Richard Schave interview (July 15, 2015)

Curbed LA: Can Bunker Hill’s Angels Flight Funicular Just Reopen Already? (July 15, 2015)

Daily Breeze: Angels Flight supporters circulate petition calling for reopening historic downtown L.A. railway (City News Service wire story, July 14, 2015)


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