Friday, June 05, 2015

Historic LA Angels Flight

Los Angles has something historic? The city of modernity with no public transport and huge and innumerable congested freeways? Foreigners' perception, of course. Seems it does though have something historic. It is bragged that it is the shortest railway in the world, but I have travelled on some very short funiculars and I am not sure if that is a fact. Nevertheless, how wonderful that the City of Angels has kept this historic contrivance and it meets the true definition of a funicular. The one going up balances out the one going down. You don't have to watch the whole video. I didn't, with all due respect to the uploader . A brief watch gives you the idea.

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  1. Wow. That is steep. Very steep.

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    1. EC, otherwise, it would be stairs to use. Steep stairs.

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  2. There is absolutely no way, with his fear of heights, I'd ever get the Great Scot on that! I'd ride it, but the sound would set off my tremours terribly... I'd still ride it.
    Not picking on David's (the Great Scot) fear of heights, I have my own claustrophobia to deal with. We balance one another. =)

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    1. Jac, sounds like you might be better to stay away from it. Fun to watch, anyway.

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  3. Andrew if you get time when you are at Niagara Falls take a trip on the one there. I think it's called Falls Incline Railway - you get a fabulous view of the big Horseshoe Falls as it makes its short way up the hillside. A newer version yes but well worth the effort.
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy, I had not heard of that. Thanks. You can bet I will investigate.

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  4. Los Angeles had a very efficient rail system originally. But according to the petrol companies, trains would ruin their car market and had all the rails dug up.

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    1. Trains and trams Hels. There is quite a lot around on what happened at the time. Tyre companies, petrol companies, car companies, all in it.

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  5. I've been on it and it is a delight! I always thought that it made sense to run elevated rail lines down the centre of the existing freeways as it would minimize having to reclaim land and those roads essentially already connect where people want to go anyway. But what do I know?

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    1. Craig, I am not a fan of elevated roads or rails. We have a freeway that was built with a central strip wide enough for a train yet decades later the line still hasn't been built to service a growing and busy area without a train.

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  6. LA doesn't have public transport? Are you sure?
    I'll have to cross it off my list of places to go when I win the lotto.

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    1. River, it does really, mostly buses but there is also light rail and I think more is being built.

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  7. Two points.
    In the whole of the video I can see two passengers - virtually every run shown carries no passengers. Why?
    In terms of public transport in LA, on March 30th, 1963 there were five tram routes and two trolleybus routes. On March 31st that year all of these were run by diesel buses.
    LA also was a core centre for the Pacific Electric interurban system, finally abandoned in, I believe, 1961. With PE being standard gauge and the LA trams 3'6" there were some interesting sectios of dual-gauge track.
    Recently, LA has realised that freeways are not a total answer and there are now six light rail lines in operation - I'm too tired now to give references, just 'google' LA light rail.
    What goes around, ...

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    1. Chris, maybe it was early morning. l knew public transport was expanding in LA, but I did not realise by that much.

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  8. That is rather steep, but I expect great fun to ride in it. Different colour on the outside to what I expected, it's different.

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    1. WA, funiculars often have great views as you descend on them. I wonder if the exterior has faded a bit.

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  9. Wonder if it's shorter than the one that goes up to Sacre Coeur?

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    1. Grace, I was thinking of that one when thinking about the world's shortest, and the SC would be one contender.

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    1. Problem Strayer? Is that a good yikes or a bad yikes?

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