The Metropolitan Line’s A Stock trains bowed out of passenger service today after more than fifty years.
5063 and 5034 operated throughout the day on trains from Watford and Amersham to London, carrying a headboard that read “A Stock 1960-2012 Last Day in Service”.
The only remaining scheduled appearance of the A Stock on the Metropolitan line now is a railtour on Saturday 29th September.
The day began with 5063 and 5034 leaving Neasden depot and working a service to Watford whereupon they worked the 0840 semi-fast to Baker Street.
The journey was punctuated with long whistles from passing S Stock drivers saluting the end of an era, and with announcements from the driver informing the mass of passengers that today was the last day they would be able to travel on “these old classic trains that have served London for 50 years”.
A quick turnaround at Baker Street and the duo were off on a fast Amersham service; they were to operate between Amersham and Aldgate for most of the day with a number of dedicated fans taking the opportunity to ride on the units throughout.
At around ten past six in the evening the time came for an A Stock to leave London on passenger service for the very last time on a semi-fast Watford service from Aldgate.
Owing to signalling problems at Neasden some Metropolitan Line services were turning round at Wembley Park, meaning those coming from central London were busier than usual.
On this particular train the situation was magnified by the presence of A Stock bashers standing toe-to-toe with bemused commuters (there was a moment at Baker Street when I thought I might not be able to get on).
Several bounces, rumbles of compressor noise and another commemorative driver announcement at Harrow-on-the-Hill later and the train was back at Watford.
With an all-stations to Harrow service leaving Watford at 1917, the end had arrived.