L.A.’s narrow gauge funicular railway to reopen this week

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LOS ANGELES — Visitors in downtown Los Angeles will be able to ride the city’s Angeles Flight railway this week for the first time in nearly four years, Downtown News reports.

The funicular railway will make its first revenue trip on Thursday after the installation of a new emergency stairway, updates to equipment, and other improvements. The renovations follow a September 2013 derailment that prompted the railway’s closure.

Passengers will be able to take a stroll on the bright orange narrow gauge train for $1 one-way. Passengers using the city’s Metro TAP cards will be able to ride for 50 cents. The costs help offset the recent renovations, which operators say cost up to $5 million.

ACS Infrastructure, the railway’s new operator, worked with the Angels Flight Railway Foundation, a non-profit group, and engineering firm, Sener, on reopening the attraction.

The 282-foot-long railway originally opened in 1901 and was located about a half a block north of its current location.

ACS Infrastructure has a 30-year contract with the city to operate the train ride.

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