Thursday, June 22, 2017
One of the Last Rides
One morning recently I boarded car 1019, of the Metro rail system. 1019 was the 19th car, in the original series of Metro cars put into service over 40 years ago. The interiors were done to be a modern family room (minus the shag carpet) on the rails. The seats are soft, the lighting warm and soft. This is one of the few of the original cars still in service, and this will be one of the last rides on one. The cars are being taken out of service and scrapped. The cars are at the point of needing a major rebuild, and the design is inherently unsafe in a collision. Replacement is less expensive than the fix - so they are going away. Hauled off the Baltimore one at a time and cut up for scrap. If Metro meets the schedule - fat chance of that Metro seldom does anything on schedule - all of the 1000 series cars will be out of service by the first of July. I will miss them. They were always very comfortable.
What is going away near you, that you will miss?