Great Western Railway + TfL Rail: Oxford to Heathrow Terminal 4 via Slough and Hayes & Harlington by Train

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Coming to the end of my UK holiday, it’s now time to head back to Heathrow Airport for my flight back to KL and Singapore. As I had purchased an Off-Peak Return ticket to Oxford, I’m heading back to the airport by train too. While not as convenient as getting a direct bus, they are trains, and that’s the purpose of RailTravel anyway.

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My return ticket from Oxford to Heathrow Rail (for all stations in Heathrow Airport).

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Taking quite a few trains from here already, I think I know which platform my train will be departing from.

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My train to Slough seems to be arriving on time.

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The refreshment trolley prepares to board here too.

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My GWR Class 800 IET train for London Paddington (I’m getting off at Slough though) arriving about 5 minutes prior to departure time.

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My train’s destination sign, with the departure time stated as 00:00. Hmm.

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The crowded train with almost no seats available from Oxford, as this is a long-distance train from Hereford to London Paddington.

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Luckily I managed to snag a seat just in time before the train became standing room-only.

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The view out of the train from my aisle seat.

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Disembarking at Slough from the Class 800 IET to change to a stopping service to Hayes & Harlington.

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My train was 2 minutes delayed, which means I have just 4 minutes to cross over to Platform 5 with my luggage over the step-only bridge to catch the next departing stopping service to Hayes & Harlington.

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Just as I got down from the bridge, the GWR Class 387 Electrostar on the 18:17 stopping service to Hayes & Harlington for London Paddington pulled in.

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This was a very quick and efficient transit at Slough as compared with my onward journey.

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The interior of the GWR Class 387 Electrostar with lots of empty seats.

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Heading eastward to London.

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Making a brief stop at West Drayton with a Class 800 IET overtaking on the fast line.

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If I was really on a shoestring budget but yet still want to take the train, I could get a bus to Heathrow from West Drayton to avoid paying the Heathrow tunnel ticket surcharge.

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Approaching Airport Junction.

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Crossing with another Class 800 IET.

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Disembarking at Hayes & Harlington for the final leg of my train journey to Heathrow Airport.

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Crossing over the step-only bridge to Platform 3.

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The station sign of Hayes & Harlington with the Johnston 100 font of TfL in place for the conversion of the branding to the Crossrail Elizabeth Line.

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As I got to Hayes & Harlington quite early, the next train for Heathrow was still 23 minutes away. Oh well, time for some trainspotting.

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The view of Hayes & Harlington station from my bench at Platform 3.

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An incoming TfL Rail Class 360 Desiro bound for London Paddington.

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The TfL Rail branding on the side of the Class 360 Desiro, replacing the former Heathrow Connect logo.

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TfL Rail Class 360 Desiro 360 202 departing for London Paddington.

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An incoming TfL Rail Class 345 Aventra bound for Hayes & Harlington, terminating at the bay platform.

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An incoming 8-car GWR Class 387 Electrostar bound for Didcot Parkway.

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A fast GWR Class 800 IET zooming by on the fast line.

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Another GWR Class 800 IET following very closely behind.

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The Class 387 Electrostar departing for Didcot Parkway.

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A Heathrow Express Class 332 zooming by on the fast line, probably the last time I would see them running here since the service will be replaced with the Class 387 Electrostar by the end of 2019.

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Finally, after almost half an hour, here is my TfL Rail train for Heathrow Terminal 4, where my UK holiday terminates.

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TfL Rail Class 360 Desiro 360 202 entering Hayes & Harlington for Heathrow Terminal 4.

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Boarding the Class 360 Desiro. Push the button to open doors.

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The interior of the TfL Rail Class 360 Desiro.

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I just grabbed the seat nearest to the door since it’s just going to be a short ride.

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Departing from Hayes & Harlington.

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Approaching Airport Junction.

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Surprisingly, there are TfL revenue inspectors doing their rounds on this leg of the journey. I showed them my National Rail paper ticket and the checks were done in a flash.

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Flying over the Great Western Main Line.

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Entering the tunnel into Heathrow Airport.

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Making a brief stop at Heathrow Central (Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3).

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From here on, the TfL Rail service for Terminal 4 is known as the free train transfer to Terminal 4.

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Heading on to Terminal 4.

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Arriving at Terminal 4.

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Disembarking from my last train ride in the UK on this trip.

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This train will form the next service to London Paddington.

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Exiting Heathrow Terminal 4 Railway Station through the ticket barriers.

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Heading out of the station to the terminal.

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Heathrow Terminal 4 Railway Station is linked by lifts to the terminal building.

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Heading up the next lift to the departures level to check in for my Malaysia Airlines MH1 flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

Overall, a nice train journey from Oxford to London. I did this since I had a Railcard and like trains, but for a regular adult, it might be better to use the direct Oxford – Heathrow bus instead for convenience since this train journey involves 3 trains with 2 transfers, and one more if you’re travelling to and from Terminal 5.

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