Welcome back to the London Underground quiz! Today it’s time to test your knowledge of the tube’s longest line: The Central line.
As ever, answers can be found at the bottom of the page. Good luck and stay well.
Central line: Questions
Q1. The Central line- or Central London Railway as it was then known- was opened by the Prince of Wales on June 30th 1900.
A famous American author was also in attendance on that inaugural day. Who was it?
At first, the Central London Railway ran between Shepherd’s Bush and Bank.
What nickname, based on its flat-rate ticket price, did the fledgling line quickly acquire?
Q3. As of 2020, the Central line is home to the least used station on the entire London Underground network. Which one is it?
Which station featured on the cover of The Jam’s 1978 single, Down in the Tube Station at Midnight?
Q5. How many Central line stations feature ‘Ruislip’ in their name?
Which station shares a name with the classic children’s TV series alluded to above? (Those of a certain age may find this question easier than others!)
Q7. Which Central line station was home to the tube’s last wooden escalator?
Until 1994, the Central line operated a short branch route at its far eastern end which ran through the Essex countryside between Epping and Ongar.
On the map of the line pictured above, can you identify the stops which have been left blank? There is one point for each and a bonus if you can get both!
On the black and white tube map, which of the above represents the Central line, A, B or C?
Q10. Outside which station will you find the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ memorial?
Q1: Mark Twain was the American author who attended the Central London Railway’s grand opening.
Q2: The Central London Railway quickly became known as the ‘Twopenny Tube”.
Q3: At the time of writing, the least used station on the Central line is Roding Valley.
A video about the station- by the always excellent Geoff Marshall- can be viewed below.
Q4: The photograph for the ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’ record sleeve was taken at Bond Street; specifically on the Central line’s westbound platform.
You can listen to the song below.
Q5: There are three Central line stations with Ruislip in their name: West Ruislip, Ruislip Gardens and South Ruislip.
Q6: The clip is taken from the introduction to the BBC children’s drama, Grange Hill. Grange Hill is also a station; located between Chigwell and Hainault.
Q7: The tube network’s last wooden escalator was located at Greenford. It was removed in 2014.
Q8: The two missing stations are (from left to right), North Weald and Blake Hall. The branch line is now a picturesque heritage railway.
Q10. The Stairway to Heaven memorial is located outside Bethnal Green station. It is in memory of the 173 people who were crushed to death at the station on 3rd March 1943; the worst civilian disaster of WWII.
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Hope to see you for tomorrow’s ten questions… which will focus on the Jubilee line!
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