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Quiz I

  1. What nickname was given to the Shinkansen high-speed trains of Japan because of their appearance and speed?

  2. The BBC documentary Great British Railway Journeys often refers to an 1840's copy of which guide? And who presents the series?
  3. Can you name the busiest railway stations in the following cities: (a) Bristol, (b) Edinburgh, (c) London, and (d) Birmingham?
  4. Which two cities did the original Orient Express run between?
  5. The UK's longest direct rail service runs between which two locations?
  6. In 1830, which locomotive built by George Stephenson became the first ever commercial train and reached a then record speed of 30 mph?
  7. The Red Arrow is a famous overnight sleeper train in which country? And can you tell us the two cities it connects?
  8. Opened in 2001, name the highest railway in the United Kingdom?
  9. Track 61 is a private railway platform underneath which New York building, linking it to Grand Central Station?
  10. Which train officially became the first steam locomotive to reach 100 miles per hour in 1934?
  11. The short story The Signal Man was partly derived from whose personal experiences of the 1865 Staplehurst rail crash?
  12. In which James Bond film does much of the action takes place on the Orient Express?


  1. Bullet trains

  2. The Bradshaw Guide. Presented by Michael Portillo.
  3. (a) Temple Meads, (b) Waverley, (c) Waterloo, and (d) New Street
  4. Paris and Istanbul (originally called Constantinople)
  5. Aberdeen and Penzance
  6. Russia. Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
  7. Rocket
  8. The Cairngorm Mountain Railway
  9. Waldorf Astoria Hotel
  10. The Flying Scotsman
  11. Charles Dickens
  12. From Russia, with Love

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Quiz II

  1. Which railway company was founded in Bristol in 1833 and appointed Isambard Kingdom Brunel as chief engineer?
  2. Luas is a tram and light rail system in which European city?
  3. What is the standard gauge of railways in Great Britain?
  4. The National Railway Museum is in which city?
  5. Which locomotive broke the world speed record for steam locomotives at 126 mph on 3 July 1938?
  6. Give the brand name of British Rail's diesel-powered High Speed Train fleet from 1975 to 1982?
  7. The train involved in the 1963 Great Train Robbery was travelling from which city? And in which county was it stopped by the robbers?
  8. What's the acronym of France's intercity high-speed rail service?
  9. What was the name of the report in the early 1960s that reshaped the British railways?
  10. The Night Riviera sleeper train, one of only two sleeper services in the UK, runs six nights a week between London and which town?
  11. Which station is the London terminus for Eurostar?
  12. In which rock musical does a child’s train set magically comes to life with engines competing to become the 'Fastest Engine in the World'?
  13. What's the iconic name of the famous sleeping cars built and operated on most American railways from 1867 to 1968?
  14. Which station is the starting point for Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express? And what's the number of the secret Platform between platforms 9 and 10?


  1. Great Western Railway

  2. Dublin
  3. 4 feet 8 1⁄2 inches (also accept 4 feet 8 inches)
  4. York
  5. Mallard
  6. InterCity 125
  7. Glasgow. Buckinghamshire.
  8. TGV
  9. The Beeching Report
  10. Penzance
  11. St Pancras International
  12. Starlight Express
  13. Pullman
  14. King's Cross. Platfrom 9 3/4.

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