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Some items that may be of interest...

I collect various items of airline nostalgia like a lot of people in this hobby do, and now and again some rare/unusual items show up. As I've mentioned in my recent introduction to this forum, I'm very interested in the 70s-80s scene at London Heathrow. My interests are also in British Railways and this includes the London Underground in particular. In 1975 the first section of the extension to Heathrow Airport on the Piccadilly Line was completed, between Hounslow West and Hatton Cross which was opened to passengers on the 19th July 1975.

At Hounslow West, the original 1930s surface building was retained but the line was diverted to serve a new sub-surface island platform and then ran under Bath Road by way of a new 'cut & cover' section to Hatton Cross, which was built to serve the airport maintenance area, and is used mainly by airport workers. At this time, up until the second section of the extension was opened in 1977, passengers for Heathrow had to change at Hounslow West and pick up a special express bus service to the airport, route A1. The new stations were designed by the BAA (British Aiport Authority) in consultation with London Transport.

On the 16th December 1977, the section between Hatton Cross and Heathrow Central was finally opened by Queen Elizabeth II. A special opening ceremony was held which started at Hatton Cross. To mark this event a special book was published by London Transport which was issued to guests attending the Opening Ceremony. They were limited in number and are thus quite rare. A subsequent version was made available to the public afterwards. Below are photos of a private edition I found some years back, which include the original invitation letter to a Mr J.G Glendinning O.B.E ( a senior member of London Transport), an invitation card and souvenir ticket. The book has much detail covering the extention and colour photographs.















Here are some leaflets published by LT during the extension to the airport.







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Here are some vintage airline tickets as well. The first set are from 1973-1974

British Airways Flight 843, Carrier East African Airways, Nairobi - Mauritius. Issued 11 December 1974

Air New Zealand with various carriers. Origin Tawara, destination London. Issued 5 June 1974

From/To:
NAN-AKL, carrier FJ, TE
WLG-MEB, carrier NZ, QF
SYD-SIN, carrier AN, QF
MAA-COK, carrier SQ, IC
BOM-LHR, carrier IC, QF

British Caledonian Flight BR665 & BR666, London Gatwick - Casablanca. Issued 13 January 1973



British Airways tickets

Top: BA Flight 632 London Heathrow-Basle, Flight LX596 Basle-Munich, BA Flight 955 Dusseldorf-Birmingham. Issued 11 March 1983

Bottom: BA Flight 184 New York-Manchester. Issued 22 February 1979

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Thank you for posting photos of some amazing memorabilia! The book especially is a real gem. I'll be flying to London on 30 April for a week, then off to Paris for a week, before returning to London for one night before returning to the U.S. I'm looking forward to spending time at LHR prior to my departure on 15 May. I know I'm going to see a LOT of airlines I've never seen before. I wish I could live in London.
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As said in the previous post, thanks for taking the time to show us these pictures. I'm not a 'train guy' myself, though I've been a fan of Heathrow for many years. I think the first time my father took me to the wonderful roof terrace, it was still called London Airport, and there were Vanguards on the ramp, with red squares on their tails! Since the demise of the viewing terrace, I no longer bother to visit Heathrow. I feel sorry for the 'spotters' who are too young to have experienced a day on that viewing terrace, all the exotic airlines, and that whiff of jet fuel from the noisy jets of the time. Sadly, it's no more

I was born in an Essex town called Onger, which was right at the 'end of the line' on the Underground system, I can't remember which line, but the trains were always silver/gray. It was always a novelty to see the all red trains in London. Happy days!

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Thank you for posting photos of some amazing memorabilia! The book especially is a real gem. I'll be flying to London on 30 April for a week, then off to Paris for a week, before returning to London for one night before returning to the U.S. I'm looking forward to spending time at LHR prior to my departure on 15 May. I know I'm going to see a LOT of airlines I've never seen before. I wish I could live in London.
No worries, a pleasure! Sounds like a fun trip exploring Europe - hope you enjoy it! LHR has really transformed in recent years, it's certainly a modern spacious airport now and you'll see a whole variety of different airlines for sure London is a very interesting historical place but boy, has it become busy in the last few years!
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As said in the previous post, thanks for taking the time to show us these pictures. I'm not a 'train guy' myself, though I've been a fan of Heathrow for many years. I think the first time my father took me to the wonderful roof terrace, it was still called London Airport, and there were Vanguards on the ramp, with red squares on their tails! Since the demise of the viewing terrace, I no longer bother to visit Heathrow. I feel sorry for the 'spotters' who are too young to have experienced a day on that viewing terrace, all the exotic airlines, and that whiff of jet fuel from the noisy jets of the time. Sadly, it's no more

I was born in an Essex town called Onger, which was right at the 'end of the line' on the Underground system, I can't remember which line, but the trains were always silver/gray. It was always a novelty to see the all red trains in London. Happy days!

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Hello Neil, yes I know Ongar quite well - and that's right, it was at the end of the Central Line but you had to change at Epping for the shuttle. There were two other stations on that line, North Weald and Blake Hall. Those silver trains were 1962 Tube Stock Long since gone, as are all those red trains too.

What fantastic early memories of London Airport - BEA Vanguards, wow what a different era that was. I was the same - the disappearance of the viewing area finished it for me, and now there's nothing left anyway All the spotters have now is a car park outside a hotel to stand in, with poor views of the runway. It is a real shame. I miss that whiff of jet fuel as well, I'll never forget it, so distinctive and embedded in my memories of visits to the viewing terrace. Happy days indeed!
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The last conversation with Neil reminded me of something else I have in my collection - an Esso Guide to London Airport, from 1965:



I love the illustrations of all these airliners and airline logos













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Oh wow, what a publication! Funnily enough, we flew to Malta on a BEA Comet 4B, back in '65. The return flight was on a Vanguard. I shall always remember the huge windows on the Vanguard, being seven years old at the time, they probably seemed bigger than they really were! Thanks again for posting those gems.

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Oh wow, what a publication! Funnily enough, we flew to Malta on a BEA Comet 4B, back in '65. The return flight was on a Vanguard. I shall always remember the huge windows on the Vanguard, being seven years old at the time, they probably seemed bigger than they really were! Thanks again for posting those gems.

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You're welcome. What a coincidence. Again some amazing memories - way before my time of course! They probably would have seemed bigger at that age, like with a lot of other things. The early Comet had larger windows too which was of course corrected after disasterous consequences with the original design...
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Wow! All of your pictures look very nice. I love Heathrow airport and had no idea how it was in the past.
Thanks for posting these
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Wow! All of your pictures look very nice. I love Heathrow airport and had no idea how it was in the past.
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You're welcome. Yes it was a very different airport back then! Glad you found them of interest
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I managed to dig out the 2 books that actually started my interest in aircraft, and all the retro airline colours. I found these in a second-hand shop in Richmond, West London, when I was 13 years old in July 1996. Being second-hand meant the books were old - they were both published in 1981! But they are responsible for the 1:400 collection I have today, because they contained diagrams of all the airline colour schemes which were of course current at the time the books were published. I also discovered aircraft such as the VC-10s and Tridents, which up until then I'd never heard of. The smaller book on the left is how I discovered the BA Negus scheme. In 1996 it was Landor of course - although not for much longer. I've held onto these books ever since!









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