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Railway Quiz

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  1. inversnecky

    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by another quiz, let’s start one to do with real life railways (I think it has to go here and not General Discussion?).

    Usual rule: winner sets the next question.

    Here’s your starter for ten:

    Which class of loco was the first to have a tap changer?
     
  2. JJTimothy

    JJTimothy Well-Known Member

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    Class 80? (Ex GW gas turbine prototype rebuilt as a leccy for tests on the WCML.)
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    Would it be the Class 87?
     
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    JJTimothy Well-Known Member

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    That was an upgraded Class 86 which in turn was developed from the best bits of Classes 81 to 85 which, I think, did boast tap changers- that's what got me wondering about the electrical gear in the Class 80. In truth Britain came to electrified railways quite late (AC electrified anyway) so it's probably something continental.
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    Not an 86 or 87.
     
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    Was it Southern's CC1/CC2 locomotives from the 1940s?
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, SJA.

    If no correct guess by tonight, I’ll give answer and post hopefully an easier one.
     
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    Sorry I'm late to the party... Is it a UK based quiz or world wide???
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    Good question!

    for moment let’s say worldwide, but if we end up with British not getting international questions and vice versa, might have to split it.
     
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    The Lancaster, Morcambe and Heysham line was electrified by the Midland Railway to 6.6kv AC in 1908 but, as far as I can find out, the electric trains were all EMUs. I can't learn much about what was under the bonnet except that it was a German system. I thought I was on to something there but no ... except perhaps that it's looking more likely to be a continental loco'.

    (As far as I understand, which isn't very far, the "taps" in a tap changer system are connections to a transformer, connecting sets of windings perhaps, so it's specific to AC systems. If I'm barking up the wrong tree please put me out of my misery.)
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    The answer is:
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    The Class 71:
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    This might be easier: which BR diesel locomotives had spoked wheels?
     
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    I might be talking out my @r$€ here but I wouldn't have thought it was a "tap changer" on the 71's but more a "camshaft" system as is the norm on SR stock...
     
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    01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 29 & 41.

    Electrics with spoked wheels:

    71, 74, 76, 77 & 83...
     
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    And the Fell Diesel.
     
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    Did that survive through to BR days???
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    That's plenty, Over to you!
     
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    It was built in the '50s. Edit: Just checked that- it was commissioned by the LMS but did enter service in the '50s after Nationalization.
     
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    Where & what is the steepest gradient on Merseyrail?
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have a clue?
     
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    Yes thanks... :):o:D:cool:
     
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    Must be 35 years since I went to Liverpool and much longer than that since riding the trains- I'm not even sure if it was Merseyrail then. I'd guess the line under the Mersey itself but the line to... Ormskirk is steep too I think. Maybe I should ask my mum.
     
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    Wirral line between James' Street and Hamilton Square? 1:27
     
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    Yes, correct... Well done... Its on the Down West Kirby line...
     
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    What is the smallest place in Scotland to have two stations?
     
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    Is it Tyndrum? I ony know they have two because they also have the Green Welly stop for cars and my dad wouldn't stop going on about it..... :|
     
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    That would have to be Tyndrum. On the West Highland Line.
     
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    inversnecky Well-Known Member

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    Correct!

    Tyndrum – it has a population of around 167 people. The two stations are Upper Tyndrum and Tyndrum Lower. Upper Tyndrum is on the Fort William route of the West Highland Line and Tyndrum Lower is on the Oban routeof the West Highland Line.

    Over to you....
     
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    I'll stick with Scotland as that's my speciality:
    Other than Glasgow and Edinburgh, what Scottish town/city has the most National Rail stations?
     
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    Is it Dundee or am I wrongly including one or two that are separate parishes?
     
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    Any update?
     

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