Residents and train enthusiasts flocked to a railway station last week to bid farewell to the iconic Bubble Cars as they went into retirement.

Since Chiltern Railways announced plans for the retirement of the heritage Class 121 trains in March, crowds have visited to the line for the chance to enjoy one last ride between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury stations before the Bubble Cars leave the network.

After 57 years, the Bubble Cars, which are recognisable for their small size and open environment that allowed customers to see ahead through the front windows of the train, have now secured a place in history as Britain’s longest serving diesel trains.

The company scheduled extra services to cater for the influx of passengers on the final day, May 19, which began with a short farewell ceremony officiated by Chiltern’s Managing Director Dave Penney, followed by tea and a slice of an impressive ‘Bubble Car’ cake.

The crowd was also treated to the sight of the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway’s Bubble Cars, which were brought to the station especially for the event.

Dave Penney said: “It is fantastic to see so many people who have come to Princes Risborough today to celebrate the Bubble Cars as they begin the next chapter in their story. They have faithfully served the Chiltern line since 2003 and we are proud to recognise them as part of our rich railway history.”

Chiltern Railways is in discussions with several organisations who have shown interest in buying the Bubble Cars and will make sure they go to a good home.