Greater Anglia have retired trains from the capital 35 years after they were first built.
The company have ceased Class 321 trains that have run into Liverpool Street for many years as newer stock is introduced.
The trains will still run outside the capital in the near term – though for many it looks like the scrapyard beckons.
Network South East
Class 321s were ordered by British Rail’s Network South East division with construction carried out from 1988.
The first batch were built to service routes into Essex which they faithfully did before newer Class 720 stock was introduced.
They were built shortly before Networkers which now run on Southeastern. The retirement of Greater Anglia’s fleet leaves the Networker as some of the oldest trains still running in London with the class recently reaching 30 years in service.
South Western Railway have older trains though all are due for replacement. Southeastern are considering replacing the Networkers but ultimately the decision comes down to government and the Department for Transport. With cuts the name of the game in Whitehall, don’t hold your breath for the green light.
The 321s saw heavy refurbishment of a select number as part of the Renatus project in the late 2010s, though this wasn’t enough to ensure their survival. It didn’t do a great deal to hide their age. They were rattly things and doors would thunk loudly when passing another train.
They’ve given good service for over 30 years though with none now expected to run in service through London to Liverpool Street the end is here, never say never as the odd one may turn up, but in all likelihood one of the centrepieces of Network South East is now over in the capital.