The London Underground is the world’s oldest metro system. Starting with the Metropolitan Railway (now the Metropolitan line) which opened way back in the 1860s, it has continued to grow ever since. With such a long history, that makes the London Underground the perfect subject for a quiz!
Over the next eleven days I will be posting one quiz per day, each focusing upon a specific line on the Underground. First up is the aforementioned grandaddy of the network: the Metropolitan line.
Answers to the questions can be found at the bottom of the page.
Good luck and stay well!
The Metropolitan Line Quiz: Questions
The Metropolitan line- originally known as the Metropolitan Railway- first came into service on 10 January 1863. How many passengers did it carry on that historic day? Your answer can be to the nearest 1000.
The illustration above depicts the Metropolitan Railway being constructed. By what name was this method of engineering commonly known?
Q3. When it first opened in 1863, how many stations did the Metropolitan Railway serve? If you can name them you’re entitled to a bonus point for each, although original names must be used where applicable!
Q4. On the 14 November 1864 a certain event resulted in an early case of severe overcrowding on the Underground. What exactly were Londoners travelling to see?
For some time in its history, the Metropolitan Railway stretched a lot further north than it does today, terminating at a station named Verney Junction. In what county was this station located?
One of the Metropolitan Railway’s early electric locomotives was named after the famous actress pictured above. What was her name?
Q7. London Underground’s highest station above sea level is on the Metropolitan line. Which one is it?
The brief clip above, which was filmed onboard a Metropolitan line A Stock carriage, is taken from which 1981 horror film?
Q9. Baker Street station boasts 10 platforms; more than any other Underground station. How many of those platforms are served by the Metropolitan line?
On a black and white tube map (designed for colour blind passengers) which of the above represents the Metropolitan line; A, B or C?
Q2: ‘Cut and Cover’. This was the method use for London’s earlier lines which are closer to the surface than the later, deeper tube tunnels.
Q3: Seven: Bishop’s Road (now Paddington), Edgware Road, Baker Street, Portland Road (now Great Portland Street), Gower Street (now Euston Square), King’s Cross and Farringdon Street (now known simply as Farringdon).
Q4: The public execution of Franz Muller which occurred outside Newgate gaol. Muller was the first person to have committed murder onboard a train (his crime occurred near Hackney Wick on a service out of Fenchurch Street). Muller’s hanging was one of the last public executions to occur in England.
Q6: Sarah Siddons.
Q7: Amersham (147 m. above sea level).
Q8: The Omen III.
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Tomorrow’s questions will be on the Bakerloo line.