09 October 2015 | 10 °C

21 January 2014 | Secret | By: M@

Heathrow Express: Secret Tunnels And Unused Platforms

Heathrow Express: Secret Tunnels And Unused Platforms

You probably noticed that London Underground celebrated its 150th anniversary last year. At the same time, the Heathrow Express quietly enjoyed its 15th birthday. As a geeky kind of spin-off from our Secrets of the Tube series, we recently took a ride in the cab of a Heathrow Express train, from Paddington to the airport.

As the video shows, the line turns out to be more interesting than you might imagine. We were shown unused platforms and cavernous spaces. And we also discovered that one of the capital's shortest rail links — the shuttle between Terminals 1,2,3 and Terminal 4 — has as many drivers as it has stations.

The video above is by Geoff Marshall, and the photos below are by Londonist Editor Matt Brown. With thanks to the staff at Heathrow Express for taking the time to show us round.

If you enjoy the video, please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel, where you'll be one of the first to see any future films.


Article by M@ | 5,344 articles | View Profile | Twitter


Great video and article, thanks.


Why the European power socket on the right hand side of the cab?


I salute the nerdiness of that and really loved it, but the comment about the European power socket Dave takes the nerdy cake. Well done :)

Dave K

Very interesting, thanks chaps!


The 3rd set of platforms was reserved for Airtrack. Originally this was a scheme to link Guildford, Woking and the SW to Heathrow directly. Opposition from Staines cancelled it. Worth a look in its own right!


Nice video. I think I once heard that per mile, the Heathrow Express was the most expensive train journey on the planet?


Doesn't E* have a driver (called the Train Manager) in the back cab for the purposes of being able to drive the train (or half train) out of the tunnel in an emergency. They normally are the driver for the return trip.