The Christmas Quiz


It’s December and that can only mean one thing here at LR Towers – it is time for the world famous (almost) Christmas Quiz!

As always, we’ve tried to make it really hard. As always, you will all no doubt surprise us by getting more answers than we thought.

Prizes are not yet finalised but there’ll be at least a couple of copies of the truly excellent Underground: How the Tube Shaped London up for grabs. As usual, there’ll be more books randomly swiped from our collective bookshelves, and we’ll be trying to bully London’s finest transport providers into sending the winners some unique things as well.

For some inexplicable reason, we also seem to have a box of Overground-branded wallets sitting around in LR Towers, so we’ll be giving five of those randomly to people who enter but don’t win. So however many answers you think you know, it is probably worth a punt.


To enter send your answers to [email protected] by 1st January 2013 with the word “quiz” in the subject line somewhere. In a break from tradition (and because more often than not they’re incorrect and confuse people anyway), we’re going to ask you not to post guesses at answers in the comments this year. If you think you know the answer to a question but don’t want to enter, then feel free to post clues or hints, but actual answers (correct or incorrect) and hints the judges deem too close to the bone will be deleted.

Happy answering, and a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at LR!


Q1: What links, in two steps, this lady’s bad hair day to Sweden?

A Bad Hair Day

A Bad Hair Day

Q2: What links this model to groups of musicians, philosophers, and engineers via a London Transport icon?

A very particular model

A very particular model

Q3: Which six stations are featured in the montage below?

The Tube squared

Q4: If Oliver was 2 and Florence 17, how “old” were John and Sarah (You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to work out the answer but it might help)?

Q5: Which three alphanumeric traditions does the New Bus for London carry over from the last bus London Transport designed for itself (the Routemaster)?

Q6: Other than route 38, which is the only other bus route to have featured the New Bus for London in public service this year?

Q7: Lord Ashfield and Frank Pick aside, who is the longest serving person to have been at the head of “London Transport” (in its original form and its successors)? A bonus point if you can also tell us the last “LT Chief” to be knighted…

Q8: What links an algorithmist, a cartographer, two queens and a Kingdom? Explain your workings – that’s a clue not an instruction…

Q9: The traditional captive locomotive question – where was this engine built? Where is it now?

A lonely little engine

Q10: In what year did the London Underground suffer its first Irish terrorist attack?

Q11: Going back in time, where in London were we in the photo below, and what piece of transport infrastructure would you find there now?

A trip back in time

Q12: In the quote below, who was “Denis” talking to, and what piece of London’s rail network were they building?

[X] said to me, “Denis, this programme is going to have a design committee of two, you and me.” And I said “What are you talking about, [X]? We’ve got LT Standing Orders and we’ve got a design committee with the great and the good on it.” He said, “I know, Denis, that’s exactly what your job is: to keep them off my back while I build the railway.”

Q13: Merchant, ????, Pembury, Billet, Market, Goose, Flower, ????, Station. Which two stations are missing from this London railway line.

Q14: The “name that line” question (also known as “Tingey’s downfall”). Name this tube line:

Guess the line

Guess the line

Q15: A number of TfL services pass beneath the Thames, but how many tunnels do they do it in?

And finally the question that will separate the men (and women) from the boys (and girls)…

Q16: In the car park of which South London depot will you find this rather lonely looking Roundel…

A very lonely Roundel

Happy guessing!

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.