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Commuters say goodbye to classic District line train

PUBLISHED: 17:35 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 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.”

Chris Date said: “I used these trains daily for 15 years when I lived in East Ham. When they were built they were modern for the time.”

Juan Quarter added: “Love or hate, they were a part of me.”

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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