The 2012 Christmas Quiz


It’s that time of the year again, and the minds here at LR Towers have been beavering away preparing the most devious of questions for you all. Whether we’ll manage to fox as many people as we did last year (largely thanks to the notorious “Belgian Battlefields” question) remains to be seen, but we will try.

Prizes are not yet finalised but we’ve got a selection of books picked out and a couple of unique items that can’t be bought. We’ll be trying to bully London’s finest transport providers into adding to that pot over the next few days.

How to Enter

To enter send your answers to [email protected] with the word “quiz” in the subject line somewhere. You are, of course, welcome to post your guesses as comments on the post, but that won’t be considered a valid entry and, as always, don’t assume that the comments are correct! As last year once again demonstrated, the widely accepted answers in the comments aren’t always the right ones.

And Now the Questions!

Q1: This unit of 1938 tube stock is making a transport promise that ultimately it will be unable to keep – what is it?

1938 Tube Stock

1938 Tube Stock, courtesy Mikey A

Q2: Where in London will you find this orphaned engine?

An Orphaned Engine

An Orphaned Engine, courtesy Unravelled

Q3: Built at the end of the 19th Century, I would later be described by Betjeman as a sad terminus of blighted hope. I was one of several London stations with a hotel as part of my frontage, although this was damaged in the Second World War and never really rebuilt. Even though I’d seen electric services since 1925, by that time I was already in decline. I would make it past my centenary though before Thameslink finally sealed my fate.

Which station was I?

Q4: At which Nordic sounding place of rest can you find this park within a park?

On Yer Bike!

On Yer Bike!

Q5: What happened here in 1926 and again in 1999?

We are the Lions...

We are the Lions…

Q6: Below Burgundy Thompson, an American nursing student, describes her aunt’s activities on a fateful day for Britain’s railways. Who was her aunt?

The ones that she treated, she had a lipstick in her pocket, and she would puts “x”s on the treated, “MS” meaning she gave them morphine sulphate, and then if they had some kind of wound she circled the wound with the lipstick until she ran out of lipstick.”

Q7: Which film, featuring this policeman, concludes with a dangerous chase across a tube line?

A Proper Copper

A Proper Copper

Q8: How many of Crossrail’s new stations would they describe as being “cut and cover” constructions?

Q9: Looking up, where are we?

No Roads Here

No Roads Here

Q10: Omnibustically speaking, what does Commissioner Pete do that Cliff and Reg didn’t?

Q11: Can you name this mystery Line beneath the Capital – shown with it’s originally planned extensions (a bonus point for each “???” you can name)?

The Mystery Line

The Mystery Line

Q12: Whilst assuming a posture to avoid detection, at a terminus point that is not a terminus on a line that was and never was – where are we?

Q13: Where exactly was this driver’s eye views taken (and for a bonus point, from what rolling stock)?

Mind the Gap, couresy MD

Mind the Gap, couresy MD

Q14: Lurking octagonally near Limehouse, which transport system was this power station built to serve?

A Lurking Octagon

A Lurking Octagon

Q15: What was this site previously?

Maybe when we're rich...

Maybe when we’re rich…

And that’s it! Merry Christmas Everybody!

Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.