40-Year-Old Carriages Retired From London Underground Today

By Gary Cutlack on at

The oldest trains in use on the Underground disappeared from service today, as the final C-stock service departed from Wimbledon at 9.05am this morning. After 40 years in which they've seen passengers transition from newspapers to portable screens for their commute entertainment, they're to be replaced by new air-conditioned models.

The older carriages were only in use on the Edgware Road to Wimbledon section of the District Line, the last part of the network to be running the older rolling stock. From today the line is populated by the same modern, cavernous, walk-through S-stock trains as the rest of the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, which have been gradually upgrading to the newer trains since 2010.

191 new trains will eventually serve the refreshed sections of line. If you still want to ride like it's 1974 a single heritage run of the old carriages will be made on June 29th, but you'll need to buy a ticket in advance with all the other enthusiasts.

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