Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Final Whistle Blows on Slam Door Trains; COMMUTERS GET SAFER CARRIAGES

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Final Whistle Blows on Slam Door Trains; COMMUTERS GET SAFER CARRIAGES

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

IT IS the end of an era today for hundreds of thousands of mainline rail commuters.

The last of the old slam-door trains used by South West Trains, which operates some of the busiest commuter routes in the UK, is being pensioned off.

The final service was due to depart Waterloo at 11.35am today, bound for Bournemouth.

For some, the trains evoke memories of the 1945 film Brief Encounter and the lingering farewell between Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard.

But experts say the new trains with sliding doors and fixed windows are much safer. The main danger of slam-door trains was the habit of commuters, eager to be first off the carriage, to pen the doors as the train came into the station and stand on the running boards, jumping off while the locomotive was still moving.

Passengers were injured in falls and by the swinging doors.

In new carriages, sliding doors cannot be opened until the train has stopped.

Many of the commuters injured in the 1991 Cannon Street rail crash had been standing on the running boards when their morning rush- hour service smashed into the buffers. …

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