There were still some old trains around including 1938 tube stock when Heathrow Airport Central opened. The instruction was given "no 1938 tube stock to Heathrow". Inevitably within what I recall was a short time, a 1938 tube stock went to Heathrow. I have seen photographic evidence but don't have any photos in my possession.
The 1938 Tube Stock had long gone by the time Heathrow Central was opened. The last one ran in December 1975 on the Piccadilly, but they did manage to run to and from Hatton Cross (from July 1975). I was the District/Piccadilly Line Controller when that happened. They had Hatton Cross destination plates which, I guess, were stickers over something (probably Hounslow). The remaining 1959s (and 1x3 1962) on the Piccadilly at that time were given new blinds, which included Heathrow with an aircraft symbol. 1938s have, of course, since run to Heathrow in "railtour" form.
Built 1909 (so the date in the LTM caption is wrong) Originally numbered 19A, 20A. Lost their batteries during WW1 to become straight electrics. Renumbered L8, L9 in 1929. Rebuilt in 1958 with Q stock traction equipment. Withdrawn in 1969.
A lot of the captions in the LT Museum's photos are wrong. I've corrected many of them already.
It is really frustrating, as someone who passed the Night Tube T/Ops assessments back in June and is now waiting for an unknown start date (as no training course availability until at least the New Year), to hear of the lack of operators when I am so desperate for a job. Hopefully this is this an unusual 'blip' in the planning & organisational capabilities within this area?
You will have to get used to chaos with LU, I'm afraid.
Even at the best of times internal organisation is generally a little chaotic - and now is certainly not the best of times, in fact many staff at present are finding now is the worst period they can remember during their careers at LU/LT. The ship has got lost in the sea with the captain not knowing how to operate the engines, and it feels like a slow torturous drowning but the captain is on a different planet and is telling everyone how everything is not just fine but wonderful, as a few experienced staff frantically fight to keep the ship going in spite of the captain's ineptitude.
Trains management in particular is suffering badly at the moment, and this has filtered through to performance. There was a disastrous change programme 7 years ago, which the powers that be finally decided to largely reverse this year, but in the process managed to achieve a setup which is now generally being found to work even *worse*, which is some achievement, even for LU! Sadly, quality of leadership leaves a lot to be desired at the moment. The company desperately needs someone decent like Howard Collins back.
Perfectly put - sadly. Come back Howard - all is forgiven!!