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Commuters say goodbye to classic District line train

PUBLISHED: 17:37 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:37 21 April 2017

A D-stock train with a special commemorative sticker on (Picture: James Sadler/@explorethetube)

A D-stock train with a special commemorative sticker on (Picture: James Sadler/@explorethetube)

James Sadler/@explorethetube

Commuters said goodbye to an Underground classic today on its final journey through London.

The old D-stock train next to a new S-stock one (Picture: James Sadler/@explorethetube)The old D-stock train next to a new S-stock one (Picture: James Sadler/@explorethetube)

The D-stock District line train made its final trips along the route after 37 years in service.

Passengers made an event of their trips, tweeting using #CatchtheD, and were keen to share their own memories of the line.

Jack Gordon, a London Underground service operator who spearheaded interest in the event said: “When the time came for the D stock to go, I saw an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ and show that same support and assistance that I had to a wider audience.

“I’m overwhelmed by the response. I started what I thought would be a small amount of interest mainly for my friends, and it’s turned into apparently a top 10 London trend with everyone from enthusiasts to commuters getting involved in the last day.

“It really is the end of an era for the ‘old-style’ trains on the underground.”

Juan Quarter said: “Raised in Hornchurch, they were my way into London, initially for pleasure and then for work. Love or hate, they were a part of me.

“The D trains are dreadful in comparison, but you’ve got to show the older generation respect on their way out.”

The trains have been slowly phased out to make way for larger air-conditioned trains, after first hitting the rails in 1981.

A TFL spokeswoman said: “The introduction of these trains mark a key stage in the project that will provide faster, more reliable and more frequent journeys for millions of Londoners, boosting capacity on the lines by a third.”

The trains will be given a final farewell on a special rail tour in May.

Tickets cost £50 for adults and £25 for children from ltmuseum.co.uk.


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