The 2015 LR Quiz: Answers

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And so another year ends, and so does our annual quiz. From the entries we’ve marked already, it seems that we’ve managed to bamboozle more than a few of you this year. Winners will be announced on Monday, but in the meantime it seems only fair to give you the answers.

Thanks to everyone who took part!

Question 1

In this picture of one of the original 1863 Metropolitan Line stations we have blanked out part of the station name. What station is it?

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The answer is Euston Square – formerly Gower Street (remember, we asked what station it is, not was).

Question 2

Which of Crossrail’s Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) completed the most tunnelling (i.e. did the most digging)?

We are reliably informed that although both Victoria and Elizabeth have the same quoted general distance travelled, Victoria actually had to do the most digging.

Question 3

In short, what is special about LTZ2001?

This is the registration of the first new shorter New Bus for London

Question 4

“A great battle that has now resulted in an almost universal acquiescence in the view that the new bridge is a fine bridge, well worthy of the capital city of the British Commonwealth of Nations” – Who was speaking, and about which bridge?

Herbert Morrison made these comments about Waterloo Bridge.

Question 5

The picture below is of the first female bus conductor in London. What was her name?

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It was Mrs G Duncan of course (sorry, that would have been too easy). What we want you to tell us is her badge number.

If you managed to track down the full version of the cropped image above then you’d have spotted a hand-written note in the corner. That note reveals that her badge number was 13001.

Question 6

Fill in the gaps: Anson, Beatty, Collingwood, Drake, ????, Freemantle, Grenville, Hardy, Inglefield, ????, Keppel, Ley, Madden, Nelson, ????, Parry.

We were looking for Evans, Jellicoe and Oldham (although we weren’t too fussy about spelling as sources vary). The completed list represents the names of the various dormitories in the Clapham South Deep Shelter during WW2. More on the shelter shortly.

Question 7

Where in London are we?

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Though you may not have spotted it before, this is actually the ceiling in Euston station ticket hall (look up next time you are there, you’ll be amazed).

Question 8

Where in London can you be standing on a railway platform and be directly above a mosque?

You can do this at Shadwell DLR station.

Question 9

Another sequence, another set of gaps to fill: B, C, D, E, F, Q, CP, Q, CP, ???, A, D, A, ???

We were looking for 1938 and 378. It is the stock used on the East London Line since inception.

Question 10

An Imperial measure, a hardy Asian quadruped ruminant, the handiwork of the incarcerated,  a gang of four. Where were we, once (don’t worry if it takes you about 12 minutes to process)?

One of Mwmbwl’s tougher cryptics this. We were after Feltham Concentration / Marshalling Yard.

Question 11

Sometimes we have to doctor images for this quiz. In this case Southeastern made sure we didn’t have to bother. What’s wrong with their printed timetable map?

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Once spotted, it is hard to miss – St Johns and New Cross are in wrong place

Question 12

There are only two London boroughs in which TfL has no rail (or light rail) stations or stops. Which boroughs are they?

For a bonus point, by 2018 (as things stand) this will be reduced to one. Which borough?

They are Bexley and Kingston. By 2018 this will be down to just Kingston as the entrance of Abbey Wood Crossrail will just cross the boundary between Greenwich and Bexley.

Question 13

Time for an International question! Where are we?

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The clue is in the capitalization – this is, in fact, Waterloo International

Question 14

Another sequence question. Fill in the gaps: B25F00, F12B12, FFD300, ???, 00853A/FFFFFF, F5859F, 959CA1, ???, 231F20, 183C96, ???, 81CEBC

One point if you correctly identified that these were hexadecimal colour codes for the Underground, but the fact that they were different from the official ones should have suggested there was more to this than meets the eye. They are, in fact, the actual hex codes used on the last official 2015 Tube map made available by TfL as a PDF (now archived here) and are in the same order as the key. The missing codes are #00853A (District), #99005E (Metropolitan) and #009CDF (Victoria).

Question 15

To our knowledge, this is the most northerly occurrence of an officially approved roundel in the British Isles. Where is it?

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You will find this plaque at Paisley Gilmour Street (the railway heritage award which this commemorates is sponsored by London Underground).

Question 16

Where, now in 2015, attracts many more passengers to and from London than it used to, but in doing so has gone from being a town to a village?

Bicester Village railway station was renamed from Bicester Town with the opening of the service from Marylebone to Oxford Parkway.

Question 17

Whereabouts on the Underground will you see these Gentleman?

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No trick to this – they are part of David Gentleman’s platform artwork at Charing Cross.

Question 18

Farringdon. Smithfield. St John Street. Charterhouse. Looked at a certain way one might say these were a source of blame on Crossrail. What are they?

They are geological fault lines encountered during the work on Farringdon Crossrail.

Question 19

Where will you find this particular piece of London’s underground history?

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At Cutty Sark DLR.

Question 20

Becky may have come to prominence in 2015, but she won’t be Tooting about what she’s up to anytime soon. Who, or what, is she?

She is the Night Tube owl – Becky being her internal name at TfL, although she now seems to be called Tooting according to the London Transport Museum.

Question 21

And finally, where in London will you find this little piece of the Underground, above ground – and what is her unit number?

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With thanks to Ianvisits – you will find unit 5721 (although in reality she’s a mashup of various parts) in the Relay Building next to Aldgate East station.

Written by John Bull