The 2015 London Reconnections Christmas Quiz


It’s Christmas time, and that means just one thing here in LR Towers – time for our latest attempt to try and befuddle you all with our annual Christmas quiz. We’re still working out our list of prizes this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get started on answering our twenty-one questions. Keep on reading to begin.

Don’t forget – if you want to get someone a gift subscription to LR in time for Christmas then you need to do so in the next couple of days.

Merry Christmas to you all!

The LR Team

How to enter and rules

To enter send your answers to [email protected] with the word “quiz” in the subject line somewhere on or before 30th December 2015. Answers and winners will be posted on 31st December 2015.

Please be aware that by entering you are giving us permission to at least print your initials if you win a prize. If you’d prefer to by known by a pseudonym, just let us know in your entry email instead.

To try and keep things fair, please resist the urge to to post answers in the comments as we’ll only delete them, although clues may be permitted (at our discretion).

And now onto the questions…

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?


Question 2

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

Question 3

In short, what is special about LTZ2001?

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?

Question 5

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


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.

Question 6

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

Question 7

Where in London are we?


Question 8

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

Question 9

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

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)?

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?


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?

Question 13

Time for an International question! Where are we?


Question 14

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

Question 15

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


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?

Question 17

Whereabouts on the Underground will you see these Gentlemen?


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?

Question 19

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


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?

Question 21

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

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.