Even though I run this website about Thumpers my day job is a driver on London Undergrounds District Line.
I drove the D78's or just 'D'Stock as we knew them as since 200 until the end in 2017.
I got a lot of photos during the last days especially in depots so I thought I may as well do an article about them.
The final trip of the D's ran on the 7th of May 2017. I was working later that day but I went into work early to see it on its final leg and entering the depot
Last days of The D Stock
Most people dont realise there was a second unit readied as a spare in case something happened 7526/7037 was kept in the depot but was fully redied with all the vinyls
A couple of weeks before the last D was run in service and the same unit as the final tour was used.
The only shots I managed to get of it was in the depot a couple of days later with the white vinyls, it is in the company of 7057 & 7037
The same day as the final tour I took this shot of 7012 which hadnt long been transferred to the museum.
A selectrion of graphics carried on the last train.
the poster and set numbers were printed out and removed by myself at the end of the tour
I took a few shots inside the train after the tour, it had all the MA's tripped out and apart from the odd air hiss the train had a sad silence to it
7018/7057 was already withdrawn and still in the depot so it was good to see three units for the last time
The train entering Ealing Common Depot.
This was the very last time a conventional D Stock entered the depot, the only other time since a D has entered the depot has been one of the conversions for Sandite use
My first glimpse of the train that day was at Acton Town where I saw it heading up the bank.
That units in the last train were 7032 west end and 7007 east end