Happy New Year! It’s time for the answers! As always thanks to everyone who entered the Christmas Quiz. We hope you enjoyed attempting to beat it as much as we enjoyed writing it. Before getting to the answers below, however, it is time to announce the winners. I have emailed you all.
In first place we have a tie. Congratulations to both DW and James who got every single answer correct. An impressive achievement. You will both receive one of our model engines, a copy of the Crossrail Documentary on DVD and a selection of railway books lifted from our bookshelves.
Congratulations to Paul III who came a close second, you will receive some railway books and a copy of Geoff Marshall’s excellent Secrets of the Underground (assuming he has any copies left! If not we will find you something else).
Just behind in third place was JD. Congratulations to you, and you will also receive a copy of Geoff’s DVD (or a suitable alternative).
Once again, thanks to everyone else for entering. It was very tight at the top, with only a few points separating a number of entrants. We hope you enjoyed it.
And now onto the answers…
Easy warm up question Whose bright idea is this?
This is, of course, SkyCycle. A mention of Norman Foster, Sam Martin or their respective firms will have got you the point.
Frank Pick only received one state honour in his life. What was it?
Find a list of people who have turned down Knighthoods and you will find Pick’s name on it. His only state honour is thus not British but Soviet – he accepted a Soviet Medal of Merit given in thanks for his (and London Underground’s) assistance in building the Moscow Metro.
This lady is something of a Christmas Quiz regular. Who is she and where will you find this particular statue of her?
This is Sarah Siddons in tragedienne, rather than locomotive form. This particular statue can be found on Paddington Green. She is buried nearby.
What links Sunbury and Hampton with California, aquatically speaking?
A fair few of you barked up the wrong tree on this one. Kerr Stuart delivered, “Sunbury”, “Kempton” and “Hampton”, 0-4-2T engines, in 1916 for use on the Metropolitan Water Board Railway from their California Works in Stoke on Trent. More about the restoration of the Hampton & Kempton can be found here.
Where is this? (n.b. the question is where not what)? Who designed this poster?
This unused linocut poster by Edward Bawden both shows, and is currently either in The Post Office Archive or is picturing Mount Pleasant on the post office railway (I accepted both).
The District Line can boast something unique – a fictional Underground station inside a fictional Underground station. What are they both called, and how did they get their names?
As if we’d go with the obvious Walford East option! No, the correct answers were West Ashfield, the fictional District Line station named after Lord Ashfield and found within Ashfield House in west London where it is used by LU for training staff. Within that, is a model railway for signalling practice. On that can be found Hobbs End, a hat-tip to the classic British SciFi film Quatermass and the Pit
We visited it many years ago and you can find photos of it here.
What links this rather spectacular piece of heraldry to a London terminus – and which one?
Sorry, but I’m going to be strict on this one. This is the rather wonderful Grenville Armorial produced for Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos showing the 719 quarterings for his family. He is, therefore, the link and not his son Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos.
The terminus we were thus after was Paddington, for the 2nd Duke died in the Great Western Hotel there, and not Euston.
Where are we now? Where were we in 1981?
We are at Alexandra Palace Station. In 1981 it was called Wood Green.
You can change for international travel at various points on the TfL network, but where is the only UK Border and Customs facility on TfL’s premises?
If you said Victoria Bus Station you would be… wrong. The correct answer is Tower Millennium Pier near HMS Belfast, where Cruise Ships dock in the summer.
Which passengers won’t have to wait much longer to catch a train from here?
Some variation of Metropolitan Line Passengers will get you the points. This is Watford High Street, which if all goes to plan will be connected up to the Underground as part of the Croxley Rail Link.
What is the most westerly Transport for London bus stop in regular use? For a bonus, which unusual route serves it and what description of it on the stop is unique?
Now… here’s where things get slightly controversial. Because on 26th December at 5:02pm TfL tweeted this…
BUS FACT: The most westerly TfL bus stop is Slough in Buckinghamshire on route 81 #YOTB
— Transport for London (@TfL) December 26, 2014
…and we’re going to state that they’re wrong – at least within the context of the answer to this question.
As far as we are concerned, the correct answer is the stop at Warminster Station served by route 53 to Frome. And what makes it unique is that it is also served by route 23A to Imber which is marked as “annual.” See photo below.
What particular part of the TfL Empire now occupies the space below?
The correct answer is the TfL Archives. The pictured space is part of a salt mine in cheshire where the archives are now located. We will have more pictures of this fascinating space for you in the New Year.
What connection is there between this picture and the London Overground? In particular which station could you associate with it?
On 9 July 1864 Thomas Briggs, a 69-year-old City banker, was robbed and murdered by Franz Muller on a North London Railway train to Fenchurch Street. Muller threw his body out of the compartment window to hide the crime. Just after 10.00pm, the driver of a train travelling in the opposite direction spotted Briggs lying on the embankment next to the tracks between the old Bow and Victoria Park station and Hackney Wick stations.
The specific link to the image, of course, is that as well as bringing about the introduction of the passenger communcation cord on trains, this also resulted in some train companies cutting small viewports into the walls between carriage compartments, which became known as Muller Lights.
What went from Penge Station to Lordship Lane Station and can now be found not far from the Strand in central London?
Camille Pissarro’s Lordship Lane Station was originally thought to be a picture of Penge Station. It can now be found in the Courtauld Gallery near the Strand.
Where are we? And apart from the station sign, what is missing from this picture?
We are at Croxley Green. And what’s missing isn’t the two regular LR commentors who it turns out were there! It is in fact the 4th rail, expertly photoshopped out by Mrs Pedantic.Thanks to Graham Feakins for providing the original photo.
If you’re at St Pancras and find yourself in need of a rest you might sit here, but why are these benches so distinctive?
The benches are distinctive because they are made from the Olympic Rings that hung at the station in 2012.
“Good lord!” Said a businessman on the Tube at Baker Street to the passenger opposite him one day, “Do people ever tell you that you are the spitting image of [redacted]?”
“Frequently.” Deadpanned his fellow traveller with a slightly abashed smile.
Which post-war British Prime Minister and frequent Underground user had the businessman bumped into without realising it?
The eternally down-to-earth Clement Attlee, Prime Minister from 1945 – 51, architect of the Welfare State and closet train nerd. We suspect he would have liked LR.
Where are we (a bonus point if you’re really specific)?
We are in Norway, more specifically at Byparken station on the Bergen “Bybanen” light rail system. This is a rather wonderful photoshop of a Stadler Variobahn to be found there and ordered for the Croydon tramlink. Original here.
Where is this Crossrail-related long walk?
We’re at Canary Wharf Station. Genuinely impressed with the two people who correctly pegged this as the fume evacuation corridor there. Bonus point for that.
What allegedly connects or even reconnects a 1910 platonic solid, a Hungarian pastime and 2d. (Clue: This is a really meaty question)?
The Oxo cube, originally a Euclidian platonic solid, was first-manufactured in 1910. The Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik in Hungary. Both, “The Oxo” and “The Rubik’s” are/were allegedly used as Cockney rhyming slang for the “Tube”. The use of the word “Tube” was popularised by the Daily Mail who nick-named the Central London Railway “The Tuppenny Tube” because of its opening day flat fare of two pre-decimalisation pennies in 1900.
Many thanks to everyone who entered. As always, we thought we had you all beaten this year. As always, we were proven wrong! We hope you enjoyed it.