This Friday, Moorgate station will close to Thameslink trains forever as the track approaching it will be cut off thanks to the Thameslink 2000 – I mean, Thameslink Programme – of network upgrades.
Hinted at in this week’s issue of Railway Herald, I have just had an email to confirm that there will be a “final rites” event for the very final train to leave the station.
Being a bit of a train geek, I suspect I might be heading over to try and squeeze onto the train – probably the only time ever that we will exclaim that the more people on board the better!
The official message from Thameslink is thus:
The final scheduled service from Moorgate leaves on Friday, March 20, at 19:06. A countdown clock at the head of platforms 5 and 6 at Moorgate station is ticking away to this moment in hours, minutes and seconds.
A further service is timetabled to run into Moorgate, arriving at 19:41. This should then run empty to Kentish Town at 19:54 but First Capital Connect has responded to the requests of rail enthusiasts to operate this in passenger service, as a final celebratory run. It will call at Farringdon, St Pancras and then Kentish Town.
Places on the eight-carriage service will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at the head of platforms 5 & 6 at Moorgate. FCC will issue special free commemorative tickets for the journey and invite donations to the Railway Children in exchange.
See you there if you care to try it as well.