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Walthamstow train fan celebrates 15th birthday on first Elizabeth line train

He got up at around 4.30am to ride the first train from Paddington

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Vincent Karthaus at the Elizabeth line stop in Abbey Wood (credit: Roland Karthaus)
By Victoria Munro 25 May 2022

A Walthamstow teenager and train fanatic celebrated his 15th birthday yesterday riding the first ever Elizabeth line train.A Walthamstow teenager and train fanatic celebrated his 15th birthday yesterday riding the first ever Elizabeth line train.

Vincent Karthaus, who has loved all forms of public transport from a young age, got up at around 4.30am on 24th May to ensure he could catch the line's first train.Vincent Karthaus, who has loved all forms of public transport from a young age, got up at around 4.30am on 24th May to ensure he could catch the line's first train.

Vincent, his father Roland and a school friend rode from Paddington to Abbey Wood and Woolwich before returning in time for the school day.Vincent, his father Roland and a school friend rode from Paddington to Abbey Wood and Woolwich before returning in time for the school day.

Roland told the Echo Vincent has always adored transport and even has a Youtube channel with a friend dedicated to riding every bus route in London.Roland told the Echo Vincent has always adored transport and even has a Youtube channel with a friend dedicated to riding every bus route in London.

A crowd of people waiting to ride the first train (credit: Roland Karthaus)A crowd of people waiting to ride the first train (credit: Roland Karthaus)

He said: "Even when he was a toddler, Vincent used to ask to be taken to certain Walthamstow bus stations to watch the buses go by.He said: "Even when he was a toddler, Vincent used to ask to be taken to certain Walthamstow bus stations to watch the buses go by.

"He especially loves trains and always used to watch them from the bridge in Walthamstow Village because you can see them going in both directions and they cross over, he always got very excited about that. "He especially loves trains and always used to watch them from the bridge in Walthamstow Village because you can see them going in both directions and they cross over, he always got very excited about that.

"He can recite all 272 Tube stations and, if you name any station on the map, he can tell you what stations are in either direction.""He can recite all 272 Tube stations and, if you name any station on the map, he can tell you what stations are in either direction."

Roland and Vincent joined a huge crowd of other train fans to ride the Elizabeth line's maiden voyage.Roland and Vincent joined a huge crowd of other train fans to ride the Elizabeth line's maiden voyage.

Roland added: "It was very busy but we really enjoyed it. The train is fantastic, it's so smooth and comfortable. I'm an architect and thought the stations were really nicely-designed too.Roland added: "It was very busy but we really enjoyed it. The train is fantastic, it's so smooth and comfortable. I'm an architect and thought the stations were really nicely-designed too.

"It will obviously make a huge difference to East-West routes. I travel to the Docklands from Walthamstow quite often, which is extremely difficult at the moment but Crossrail will make that much easier.""It will obviously make a huge difference to East-West routes. I travel to the Docklands from Walthamstow quite often, which is extremely difficult at the moment but Crossrail will make that much easier."