I’ll spare you the Is it a bird? Is it a plane? line.
As spectators gathered around the long-dormant orange gates bookending Angels Flight — the 1901 funicular railway connecting the Historic Core with Bunker Hill — engineers began testing the operation of a newly installed drive and brake system.
Angels Flight was shuttered in 2001 following a brake malfunction that resulted in several injuries and one death when the twin cars Sinai and Olivet careened into Hill Street below.
Since that time, many promised opening dates have come and gone; the Angels Flight Railway Foundation has had a hard time securing the $5 million in private donations to complete the project.
But it looks as though Angels Flight may soon be ferrying passengers up and down Bunker Hill in no time. According to one engineer on-site, “the world’s shortest railway” may reopen in about a month if testing continues as planned.
No crashes were reported today.
Down the hill, officials with the Grand Central Market report they are considering staying open past their daily 6:00pm closing time once Angels Flight reopens.
The large open-air market was hit hard by the closure of the railway, losing a vital lunchtime customer base because, seriously, who wants to walk up and down that hill?
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