Everyone knows that Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral train was hauled from Waterloo to Handborough on January 30th 1965 by 34051 ‘Sir Winston Churchill’. This locomotive returned light engine to Nine Elms depot afterwards: which loco hauled the train and the mourners back to London (Paddington) after the internment?
D1015 “Western Champion”
Which county town could be reached by taking a connecting train from The Mound Junction until the branch closed in 1960?
What was the track gauge of the eccentric branch line to Southwold?
On which lines are / were the following tunnels :-
Catesby Tunnel Great Central (Northants)
Peascliffe Tunnel ECML – just North of Grantham
Badger’s Oak Tunnel Hawkhurst branch (SR)
Box Tunnel GW main line to Bristol
Clayton Tunnel Brighton main line (SR)
Copenhagen Tunnel ECML (North London)
Betchworth Tunnel Dorking to Horsham line (SR)
Polhill Tunnel London to Sevenoaks (SR)
Golgotha Tunnel East Kent Light Railway
What is the furthest North railway junction on the British network?
Georgemas Junction – junction for Wick and Thurso lines
Which railways were known by the following abbreviations :-
CK&PR Cockermouth Keswick & Penrith
PD&SWJR Plymouth Devonport & S. Western Junction
LB&SCR London Brighton & South Coast
WC&PR Weston Clevedon & Portishead
M&SWJR Midland & South Western Junction
HR Highland Railway
LT&SR London Tilbury & Southend
What class of locomotives were known by the following nicknames :-
4 GRI 4 car corridor unit with griddle car, Portsmouth line
4 BIG 4 car corridor unit, Brighton line, with buffet car
4 VEP 4 car corridor unit, electro-pneumatic brake
5 WES 5 car unit for Weymouth now on Gatwick Express
6 PUL 6 car unit with Pullman car, Brighton & Eastbourne
4 EPB 4 car non-corridor electro pneumatic brake
* ‘IG’ was the SR telegraphic code for Brighton and was used to designate these units that were built in 1961 to replace the 6PULs and 6 PANs on Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and Ore services. Note the Southern Railway’s fixation with lavatories in the unit codes.
In the early 1960s the splendid A4 Pacifics were displaced from East
Coast Main Line duties by ‘Deltic’ and class 47 diesels. A number of
them went out in fine style, being utilised on class 1 express train
duties elsewhere in the country until 1966. Between which
cities did these trains operate?
Glasgow and Aberdeen
What names were carried by these locomotives :-
5069 Isambard Kingdom Brunel
60003 Andrew K. McCosh
60116 Hal o’ the Wynd
D1 Scafell Pike
72000 Clan Buchanan
70048 The Territorial Army 1908 - 1958
45552 Silver Jubilee
34036 Westward Ho!
Prior to the 1980s it was the custom to operate trains with exotic
In the 1960s a train carrying motor cars and their occupants departed from
Surbiton every Friday evening to enable motorists to avoid the horrendous traffic
jams of that period. Where was its destination?
In which towns are / were the following railway facilities :-
Hackney Yard Newton Abbot
Laira Depot Plymouth
Millerhill Yards Edinburgh
Temple Mills Yard East London (Stratford)
Waverley Station Edinburgh
Decoy Yard Doncaster
What differentiated “Britannia” class loco number 70047 from its sister
It was the only member of the class that never carried a name.
What feature do the following stations have in common – Ascot, Guildford,
Horsted Keynes, Lewes, Inverness and Finsbury Park?
Each of these stations has a track that is served by a platform on both sides, an odd feature and one that always created difficulties in the days of slam door stock..
18. The wonderful Tralee and Dingle railway linked those two Irish towns between
1891 and 1953, although for the last few years there was only one train per
monthly train operated?
The gauge was 3 feet. The trains were operated for the cattle fair in Dingle and
conveyed, appropriately enough, cows. The last such train ran in 1953.
19. In Ireland again, what was unusual about the Listowel and Ballybunion
Railway? There were two other similar railways – one in France and one in the
Mojave Desert in the USA. Who was the designer?
The designer was Charles Lartigue, a Frenchman. The railway was a monorail system with the single rail carried on trestles about 3’ above the ground. There were also two additional rails, one each side of the main rail, to aid stability.
20. Sizewell nuclear power station is served by trains on which former GE branch
The former branch line from Saxmundham to Aldeburgh via Leiston.
Slip coaches were a fairly common feature of British Railways and enabled main
line trains to maintain a high average speed whilst still serving stations en route.
Where and when was the last slip coach operated on BR?
Bicester North, 10th September 1960.
22 . Who designed the ‘N’ and ‘U’ class ‘Mogul’ locomotives?
Richard Edward Lloyd Maunsell (1868 – 1944)
23. The city of Liverpool was served by a complex overhead railway system which
opened in 1893 and was also known as the ‘Dockers Umbrella’ as they used it to
What type of valve gear did the rebuilt ‘West Country / Battle of Britain’
Walschaerts valve gear.
When were Parliamentary powers first obtained for the construction of a
1875 for preliminary trials, 1987 for construction.
Which ex – GWR terminus station was never actually served directly by rail?
Dartmouth (Devon) served by ferry from Kingswear.
What is the ‘Whyte’ system?
This was a system for the classification of steam locomotives developed by FrederickWhyte in about 190, based on the number of wheels, working from front to rear of the locomotive and is still in use today. A 4-8-8-4, for example has a four leading wheels on two axles, then two sets of eight driving wheels on sets of four axles and foure rear wheels on two axles. If there are no leading or rear wheels then the symbol ‘O’ is used e.g. 2-6-0 or 0-6-2.
28. At which main line station would one change / would have changed for the