Welcome to the final instalment of the London Underground quiz. Last, but certainly not least, it’s time for the Victoria line.
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The Victoria line: Questions
The Victoria line came into operation in several sections; the first being from Walthamstow Central to Highbury & Islington in 1968.
It was not until 7th March 1969 however that the line was officially opened. Which V.I.P conducted the ceremony?
Q2. Before ‘Victoria’ was decided upon, a number of other names were proposed during the line’s development. Of those listed below, which one was not suggested?
A) The Mayfair line
B) The Walvic line
C) The Mid-Central line
D) The Viking line
E) The West End line
Q3. Compared to some other lines, the Victoria line is relatively short. How many stations does it serve in total?
Which Victoria line station would you travel to if you wished to make a direct connection with the Stanstead Express?
Q5. One of the most notable aspects of the Victoria line are the individual, tiled motifs which provide an abstract reference for each station’s name.
Below are seven of these designs. How many stations can you identify? One point for each you get correct and a bonus if you manage to name the full set!
Q6. Walthamstow Central first opened as a station on the Great Eastern Railway in 1870, long before the Victoria line arrived. What was the station’s original name? (Clue: think of a gardening tool!)
Q7. Which Victoria line station is the only one that does not share an interchange with another tube line or close connection with National Rail?
Which station would you head to if you wished to rock down to Electric Avenue?
Q9. Who or what were the ‘Seven Sisters’ after which the area and station are named?
Outside which station will you find this mural of Vincent Van Gogh? And a bonus point if you can identify the structure upon which it’s painted!
Q1. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conducted the official opening of the Victoria line in 1969. In doing so, she became the first reigning Monarch to take a ride on the London Underground.
A newsreel charting the event can be viewed below.
Q2: C (the Mid-Central line) is the imposter. All of the other names were considered for the line.
Q3: The Victoria line serves 16 stations.
Q4: Tottenham Hale.
Q5: The stations represented are:
A: Finsbury Park (the pistols are a reference to the fact this once remote area was a popular spot for duelling).
B: Vauxhall (a reference to the former Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens).
C: Brixton (an abstract representation of a ‘ton of bricks’!)
D: Pimlico (an art reference; Tate Britain is just around the corner).
E: Highbury & Islington (A reference to Highbury Manor which was destroyed during the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381).
F: Stockwell (An abstract image of a swan; a reference to the Swan pub which is located opposite the station).
G: Tottenham Hale (a reference to the boatmen who used to ferry passengers across the River Lea).
(all of the images for this question were sourced from the Victoria line tiles website).
Another design not included in the above question is Warren Street which features a solvable maze. It’s pictured below- how quickly can you find your way out?!
Q6: Walthamstow Central was originally named ‘Hoe Street’.
Q7: Pimlico is the Victoria line’s only stand-alone station.
Q8: Brixton; Electric Avenue is just around the corner!
Q9: The ‘Seven Sisters’ were a clump of seven trees. They were replaced by a group of younger trees in 1997.
Q10: The mural, along with other local famous figures such as WWII SOE agent, Violette Szabo can be seen outside Stockwell station. As a young man, Van Gogh lived on nearby Hackford Road.
The mural is painted on the surface building of one of London’s deep-level air-raid shelters.
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