GRES GREAT RAILWAY QUIZ
THE GRES GREAT RAILWAY QUIZ
British Steam Locomotives
- 1 What was the working pressure of Rocket’s original boiler?
- 2 How many copper firetubes, 3in in diameter, were fitted to Rocket’s original boiler?
- 3 Who was the famous builder of road coaches who was commissioned by Robert Stephenson & Co to build the tender for Rocket?
- 4 What was used as a water tank built for Rocket in 1829?
- 5 What was the maximum speed achieved by Timothy Hackworth’s Sans Pareil in the course of the Rainhill Trials?
British Railway History
- 6 Who built what was thought to have been England’s first wooden “railway”, from Strelley to Woolaton near Nottingham, in 1603-0?
- 7 When was the first recorded use of the word “railway”?
- 8 Where was the earliest railway in Scotland, known to have been working in 1722?
- 9 When did the first portion of the famous Tanfield Wagonway in County Durham commence operation?
- 10 Who was the entrepreneur and Post Office reformer who built a wooden wagonway at Prior Park, Bath in 1731?
British Railway Engineering
- 11 Who was the master mason who built the Tanfield or Causey (Causeway) Arch, the world’s first major railway bridge, on the Tanfield Wagonway in 1727?
- 12 What is the distance spanned by the Tanfield Arch on the Tanfield Wagonway in County Durham?
- 13 What is the name of the great bog crossed by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway west of Eccles?
- 14 Who was appointed as chief engineer of the London & Southampton in place of the original engineer, Francis Giles, who proved totally incompetent
- 15 After whom was the viaduct on the Great Western Railway between Hanwell and Southall named?
- 16 Which was the first service to be operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagon Lits?
- 17 When was the Compangnie Internationale des Wagon Lits constituted in Brussels by George Nagelmackers, with King Leopard II heading the list of subscribers?
- 18 When did the civil administration take over from the British Army the operation of the railways in Palestine and Transjordan?
- 19 Who was the New York inventor who built the vertical-boilered locomotive Tom Thumb for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1829?
- 20 What is the longest wholly Swiss rail tunnel and what is its length?
21. Where and which year was Frank Hornby born?
22. In which year was the first Hornby train introduced?
23. What was the name of the computerised train control system introduced by Hornby in 1979?
24. In which month and year did Rovex Models and Hobbies Ltd change their name to Hornby Hobbies Ltd?
25. When did Hornby move the production of Mecano to Binns Road?
26. Who wrote Thomas the Tank Engine?
27. On which locomotive was Thomas based?
28. Where did Thomas live?
29. In which year did Thomas arrive in Sodor?
30. For which purposes did the Fat Controller purchase Thomas?
British Railway History
31. Which was the first railway to be authorised by an Act of Parliament?
32. What was the date of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway?
33. When was the London & Southampton Railway Co incorporated?
34. How was it possible for the Great Western Railway to be built as a broad-gauge line, despite a Parliament requirement for all railway bills to include a clause requiring the line to be built to standard gauge?
35. On what date did the Great Western Railway Act receive the Royal Assent?
36. Which was the first preserved steam locomotive to break the British Railways Board ban on steam operations over BR tracks, in 1971?
37. What was the main traffic despatched in bulk train-loads from Ashburton Grove yard, near Finsbury Park, to Ayot (Herts)?
38. In what four locations did the Great Northern Railway operate hotels?
39. What was peculiar about the 3ft 6in gauge railway operated at Swanscombe Cement Works, Kent, by Associated Portland Cement until about 1928?
40. Which was the last former Midland & Great Northern Railway Joint Railway locomotive to remain in British Railways service?
BRITISH STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
41. What were the names of the two engineers who entered Novelty for the Rainhill Trials?
42. How was T.S. Brandreth’s Rainhill entry, Cycloped, propelled?
43. What was the name of the engine entered by Timothy Burtsall for the Rainhill Trials and which proved an abject failure?
44. Which of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway engines was used to convey the injured William Huskisson, MP, to hospital in St Helens from the scene of his accident during the opening ceremony?
45. What name was given to the first locomotive built for the Canterbury & Whitstable Railway by Robert Stephenson?
BRITISH RAILWAY ENGINEERING
46. Approximately how many bricks were calculated to have been incorporated in the lining of the Kilsby Tunnel on the London & Birmingham Railway?
47. Who was the architect who designed the Doric portico and Great Hall at Euston station, so tragically demolished in the 1960’s?
48. Where on the London & Birmingham Railway is the great cutting through the Chiltern Hills?
49. Between which two points did the Great Western Railway install Cooke & Whetstone’s electric telegraph in 1839?
50. To what gauge were the first sections of the Eastern Counties Railway (Bishopsgate to Romford and Stratford to Bishop’s Stortford) originally built?
DIESEL AND ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES AND RAILWAYS
51. Which was the first \British Railways locomotive to appear in rail blue livery, in May 1964?
52. To which foreign administration was the Hawker Siddeley prototype HS4000 Kestrel sold, being shipped from Cardiff on 8 July 1971?
53. To which motive power depot were all the Western Region Hymek diesel-hydraulic locomotives delivered prior to February 1962 allocated?
54. On which German type locomotive was the design of the Western Region Warship class diesel-hydraulic locomotives based?
55. Which British firm built MAN engines under licence from the German manufacturers for use on the Western Region diesel-hydraulic locomotives?
56. The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad was the setting for the first film made with a cohesive narrative. It was made in 1903 by Edwin S, Porter and the words of its title became famous in quite a different context. What was the title?
57. Who directed the 1924 film The Iron Horse for Fox Studios, recounting the building of the Union Pacific Railroad?
58. Which historic locomotive was used in an eponymous film starring Buster Keaton, in 1927?
59. What was the name of the film made at Gaumont-British Studios, |Lime Grove, in 1932, the title suggesting that a journey to a European capital was the film’s subject?
60. On which part of the Great Western Railway was the 1936 film The Last Journey made?