23/02/2015

Looking back... Heathrow in the early seventies - part 1

For his latest Looking back... feature our regular guest blogger Philip Slynn is taking a look at a selection of interesting buses and coaches that could be found operating around the Heathrow Airport area in the early 1970's, included are a selection of unusual types as well as some that are more familiar. This post will be spread across two parts...

Heathrow in the early 70's (c) Philip Slynn
This 1973 shot is a Bedford belonging to the Inner London Education Authority. Why this and others were at Heathrow I do not know, but this one is a 1970 VAS2 registered GLC 448J with a Willowbrook body (c) Philip Slynn.

Heathrow in the early 70's (c) Philip Slynn
This one in the livery of TWA (Trans World Airlines) belongs to Hall of Hounslow. It is a 1969 Leyland Atlantean with a Roe Body VYH 47G. This picture dates from 1972. In 2001 TWA filed for bankruptcy for a third time and was acquired by American Airlines (c) Philip Slynn.

Heathrow in the early 70's (c) Philip Slynn
Next we have a 1972 Ford R192/Willowbrook URO 844K belonging to Whytes of Edgeware. This is another 1973 shot. They had several of these on services to Heathrow (c) Philip Slynn.

Heathrow in the early 70's (c) Philip Slynn
Next we have another Hall of Hounslow vehicle, this time a Plaxton bodied AEC Reliance VYH 53G in the livery of another American airline that is no longer with us – Pan Am. Pan Am also filed for bankruptcy, but this time in 1991 and the remainder of their assets were taken over by Delta Airlines (c) Philip Slynn.

Heathrow in the early 70's (c) Philip Slynn
This is ex London Transport RF232 NLE 605 new in 1952 to the Tring garage of London Country. It was purchased by Hall of Hounslow in 1971 and is seen here in 1972 operating along with others a free shuttle. This is one of many preserved RFs (c) Philip Slynn.

Heathrow in the early 70's (c) Philip Slynn
Finally for this post we have a 1966 Bedford VAL14 RAR 267D new to Interline. This has a Marshall body and I believe it was used for airside transfers. It is the only example I have managed to photograph, but it is listed in the PSV Circle publications as in preservation (c) Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip for the the photos and captions used in this post, look out for the next part - coming soon!