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New Forest slam-door trains withdrawn

The carriages are believed to be the last of their kind still in service in the UK

The last slam-door electric trains serving a branch line in the New Forest have been withdrawn from service.

The carriages, believed to be among the last of their kind in service in the UK, were replaced with new automatic door models from Sunday.

The trains provided the shuttle service on the 152-year-old, five-mile line between Brockenhurst and Lymington.

Rail enthusiasts, locals and tourists rode on the final train which left Lymington Pier on Saturday at 2214 BST.

Final day

South West Trains, which operates the service, decided to withdraw the ageing trains, which were becoming increasingly expensive to maintain.

Chairman of the Lymington Brockenhurst Community Rail Partnership Mel Kendal said: "Although we are sorry to see the last of the slam door trains go, we appreciate the maintenance difficulties that South West Trains have had."

The partnership marked the trains' final day with a series of events, including live music and entertainment at Lymington Town and Brockenhurst stations.

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