2011 Railway Quiz

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2011 Railway Quiz

  1. 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”

  1. Which county town could be reached by taking a connecting train from The Mound Junction until the branch closed in 1960?


  1. What was the track gauge of the eccentric branch line to Southwold?

3 feet

  1. 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

  1. What is the furthest North railway junction on the British network?

Georgemas Junction – junction for Wick and Thurso lines

  1. 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

  1. What class of locomotives were known by the following nicknames :-

    • Spam Can Unrebuilt Bulleid Pacific

    • Coffee Pot SR Q1 class

    • Black Motor SR 700 class 0-6-0

    • Battleship BR standard 9F 2-10 - 0

    • Streak LNER A4

    • Big Bertha Midland Railway 0-10-0 Lickey banker

    • Flying Pig Ivatt LMS 2-6-0

  1. The Southern Railway and latterly the Southern Region of BR, identified their various electric multiple units with three letter codes: what did the following abbreviations stand for :-

  • 5 BEL 5 car Brighton Belle unit

  • 4 LAV 4 car unit Brighton line, each car with lavatory

  • 4 CEP 4 car corridor electro-pneumatic brake (Kent coast)

  • 6 PAN 6 car unit with pantry car, Brighton and Eastbourne

  • 2 NOL 2 car, non-corridor, no lavatory

  • 2 BIL 2 car, non-corridor, both cars with lavatory

  • 2 HAL 2 car, non-corridor, only one car with lavatory

  • 4 CIG 4 car corridor unit, Brighton line*

  • 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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

    • 90732 Vulcan

    • D866 Zebra

    • 45552 Silver Jubilee

    • 34036 Westward Ho!

    • D9003 Meld

  1. Prior to the 1980s it was the custom to operate trains with exotic

names; between which locations did the following named trains

operate :-

  • The Bournemouth Belle (which precise stations?)

  • The Orcadian

  • The Atlantic Coast Express (three of its many destinations will suffice)

  • The Devonian

  • The Cathedrals Express

  • The Elizabethan

  • The Inter City

  • The Pines Express

  • The Granite City

  • The Man of Kent

  • The Palatine

Waterloo and Bournemouth West

Inverness and Thurso for boat from Scrabster Quay to the Orkneys

Waterloo and Sidmouth, Exmouth, Padstow, Ilfracombe, Bude, Plymouth

….and Torrington

Bradford and Leeds and Paignton

Paddington to Worcester and Hereford

Kings Cross and Edinburgh (non-stop)

London and Chester via Wolverhampton

Manchester London Road (later Piccadilly) and Bournemouth West

Glasgow Buchanan Street/Queen Street and Aberdeen

Charing Cross to Folkestone and Margate

St Pancras to Manchester Central (+ through coaches to Liverpool)

  1. For which exploit was driver Joe Duddington renowned?

He was the driver of 4468 “Mallard” when it established the world steam record of

126 mph on July 3rd 1938.

  1. Which locomotive sheds had the following designations :-

    • 1A Willesden (London)

    • 52G Sunderland

    • 36A Doncaster

    • 60C Helmsdale (+ sub shed at Tain)

    • 83A Newton Abbot

    • 75B Redhill

    • 5A Crewe North

  1. 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?

Okehampton (Devon)

  1. 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

  1. What differentiated “Britannia” class loco number 70047 from its sister

It was the only member of the class that never carried a name.

  1. 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

month. What was the gauge of this railway and for what purpose was the

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.

  1. 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

shelter from the rain whilst moving between dock areas. When did this unusual

railway close?

It closed in 1956.

  1. What type of valve gear did the rebuilt ‘West Country / Battle of Britain’

Pacifics have?
Walschaerts valve gear.

  1. When were Parliamentary powers first obtained for the construction of a

Channel Tunnel?
1875 for preliminary trials, 1987 for construction.

  1. Which ex – GWR terminus station was never actually served directly by rail?

Dartmouth (Devon) served by ferry from Kingswear.

  1. 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

following branch lines :-

    1. Marlow Maidenhead

    2. Henley-on-Thames Twyford

    3. Cranleigh (a choice of two!) Guildford or Horsham

    4. Kingsbridge Brent

    5. Callington Bere Alston

    6. Alnwick Alnmouth

    7. Lybster Wick

    8. Hythe (Kent) Sandgate

    9. Bembridge Brading

    10. Lee-on-the-Solent Fort Brockhurst

    11. Tidworth Camp Ludgershall

    12. Watlington Princes Risborough

    13. Alston Haltwhistle

  1. The GWR’s ‘Dean Goods’ 0-6-0 tender locomotives saw service with the Royal

Ordnance Dept. on the Western Front during the Great War. The last survivor

saw out its days in the 1950s working infrequent goods trains on which ex-

GWR branch line?
Abermule (on the former Cambrian Railway line from Welshpool to Three

Cocks Junction) to Kerry in the county of Montgomeryshire.

John Chapman

December 2011.

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