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Euro Trivia Quiz #17 - British Train Trivia

Euro Trivia Quiz #17 - British Train Trivia

Dec 28th, 2014, 09:59 AM
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Euro Trivia Quiz #17 - British Train Trivia

Any British train buffs out there? Here are some esoteric trivia questions:

1- The sign on this train station's walls says it's "Britain's busiest train station"

2- An old comedy line about taking trains always ended with "And Change at Xxxxx" - like you always have to change at this station wherever you're going.

3- Britain's National Rail Museum is located in what city?

4- The world's first passenger train ran between which two English cities?

5- Parts of Harry Potter films were shot on this awesomely gorgeously scenic Scottish train line?
6- The U.K.'s furthest north train station?

7- the U.K.'s furtherest west train station?

8- The U.K. most southern train station?

9- The U.K.'s furtherest most east train station?

10 - Where is the Ffestiniog Railway?

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Dec 28th, 2014, 10:09 AM
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2 Crewe
3 York
4 Oldham and I'll leave the other end for others
10 Snowden

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Dec 28th, 2014, 10:17 AM
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4. This is going to be fun.
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Dec 28th, 2014, 10:36 AM
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1 Clapham Junction

3 York

4 Liverpool and Manchester

5 On the line between Fort William amd Mallaig, in particular the Glenfinnan viaduct.

6 Thurso

7 Milford Haven

8 Penzance

9 Lowestoft (by a whisker over Great Yarmouth)

10 North Wales. It runs between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
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Dec 28th, 2014, 10:55 AM
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4. So The Mumbles - Swansea railway doesn't count.

7. Would have thought Londonderry is further west
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Dec 28th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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4. I've not come across the Mumbles Swansea railway so had to go to Wiki to find out about it. It did preceed the Manchester Liverpool. Trains were pulled by horse power rather than steam. You live and learn.

7. Do you know, I've a terrible confession, I'd completely forgotten Northern Ireland!
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Dec 28th, 2014, 12:52 PM
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The perpetrator of the quiz admits to being too vague about # 4 - I meant with steam not horse power so all answers are right for their respective traction power methods.

7 - I do believe Derry takes the prize for furthest U.K. rail station to the west.

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Dec 28th, 2014, 10:46 PM
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"The sign on this train station's walls says it's "Britain's busiest train station""

No such place.

No organisation in Britain would descend to putting up a slogan in American.

It's possible - just - that there's a statement at Clapham Junction that it's Britain's busiest railway station. Though it sounds extraordinarily unBritish to waste energy emblazoning the fact in public.
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Dec 28th, 2014, 11:08 PM
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>>Though it sounds extraordinarily unBritish to waste energy emblazoning the fact in public.<<

But the sign was (and is?) there. I travelled through there enough times to and from school. The signs certainly had been u since the time of peak stiff-upper-lippery, somewhere soon after nationalisation, I suspect - perhaps in some sort of effort to persuade people there was some sort of bright side to overcrowding, clapped-out trains and stations not decorated since the 30s?
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Dec 29th, 2014, 03:11 AM
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4- The world's first passenger train ran between which two English cities?

Since when was Mumbles either English or a city?
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Dec 29th, 2014, 03:34 AM
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"It's possible - just - that there's a statement at Clapham Junction that it's Britain's busiest railway station. Though it sounds extraordinarily unBritish to waste energy emblazoning the fact in public."
You've only to do a google image search Flanneruk and there it is...
http://www.world-railways.co.uk/photos/1/15415.jpg

It's good to see we still use the the word 'railway' rather than 'train'. I hate being a 'customer'. I'm a PASSENGER!

Being pedantic PalenQ, Londonderry and Derry are both the same place. Derry is the modern name as the 'London' bit was regared as inflammatory.

Just as a matter of interest, what is the correct answer ro 2?
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Dec 29th, 2014, 03:42 AM
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" Londonderry and Derry are both the same place. Derry is the modern name as the 'London' bit was regared as inflammatory"

so such more complicated than this.

The PC solution is to call it DerryLondonDerry that way two sets of women-hating religious bigots are happy Merry Christmas
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Dec 29th, 2014, 03:44 AM
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Crewe.

Oh Mr Porter, what shall I do?
I want to go to Birmingham, and they've taken me on to Crewe!
Take me back to London, as quickly as you can,
Oh Mr Porter, what a silly girl I am!


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Dec 29th, 2014, 05:17 AM
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I guess it would depend on what the train station in London(Derry) is called and I suppose it's Londonderry.

and of course the correct answer to # 7 would also be Londonderry, not Milford Haven.

Yes flanner is of course correct - I was just juggling my American mind in recalling that sign I've seen a zillion times - yes railway station - good show old chap!
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Dec 29th, 2014, 08:41 AM
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Since when was Mumbles either English or a city?

I said it would be fun. Do you say it's The Mumbles railway which was the first passenger carrying railway - though horsedrawn, then you have the Stockton Darlington line which was the world's first publicly funded railway and which carried passengers using a mixture of horse and steam or do you use Manchester - Liverpool which was the world's first fully steam powered passenger railway.

There's also evidence of horse drawn railways in the US which took paying passengers
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Dec 29th, 2014, 10:21 AM
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We now have railways that take horses and live stock as paying passengers but not much the other way around
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Dec 29th, 2014, 12:40 PM
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When I was in Manchester I visited what was said to be the world's oldest railway station, now a museum and part of the Underground Manchester museum showcasing the city's ancient sewage system.
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Liverpool Road - it closed in 1844.
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"When I was in Manchester I visited what was said to be the world's oldest railway station, now a museum and part of the Underground Manchester museum showcasing the city's ancient sewage system."

It also includes the Science and Industry Museum and is excellent. It has a fascinating section looking at the development of steam power.
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