Hello, I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying testing your knowledge of the London Underground! Today’s ten questions focus on the District Line.
Answers can be found at the bottom of the page. Good luck.
District line: Questions
Q1. Out of all the London Underground lines, the District boasts the highest number of stations. How many does it have?
As with some other lines, the District line used to run considerably further afield than it does today. Which major seaside town did it occasionally serve between 1910 and 1939?
Q3. What is the name of the long-closed station which once existed between Whitechapel and present day Aldgate East? Bonus point if you can pinpoint the year in which it shut.
Which District line station is mentioned in the 1978 single, What a Waste by Ian Dury and the Blockheads?
Q5. What is the name of the fictional District line station which can sometimes be seen in the BBC soap opera, Eastenders? And a bonus point if you can identify either of the the real-life stations it’s apparently located between!
Q6. In 2019 a number of old, ‘up-cycled’ D Stock District line trains began operating on the Marston Vale line. Which two main stations lie at either end of this semi-rural route?
On a black and white tube map, which of the above represents the District line; A, B or C?
The District line is the only Underground line to cross the Thames above ground. It does so twice. Can you name the two bridges (pictured above) which carry it over the river? One point for each!
On a tube map the District line is coloured green. The station pictured above however has a distinctive red hue. Can you identify which one it is?
Q2: Southend-on-Sea. Trains also went to Leigh-on-Sea and Shoeburyness (you can have a point each for those locations if you got them!) This was a seasonal service which was cut short by the outbreak of WWII.
Q3: St Mary’s (Whitechapel). The station stood between present day Aldgate East and Whitechapel Road. It closed in 1938 and the surface building was destroyed during WWII.
Q4: Fulham Broadway: the lyric being “I could be a writer with a growing reputation, I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway station…” A superb version of this song- introduced by comedy legend, Peter Cook on the short-lived pop show, Revolver – can be viewed below.
Q8: Kew Railway Bridge (between Gunnersbury and Kew Gardens stations) and Fulham Railway Bridge (between Putney Bridge and East Putney stations).
Q9: Becontree station. The station is apparently haunted by a faceless woman, as detailed in the eerie video below…
Q10: Earl’s Court: the box is located outside the station’s eastern entrance.
The call box is relatively recent, having been installed in 1996 as a base for police to keep an eye on the area. It was disconnected in 2000 but continues to function as a CCTV post.
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In case you missed it, why not try yesterday’s quiz which all about the Bakerloo line? Tomorrow we will be looking at the Hammersmith & City line; see you there!