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Stations G&H - last chance

Posted: 05 Apr 2021, 18:34
by RobbieM
tubeguru wrote:
05 Apr 2021, 14:04
Should we have had an answer to this yesterday?
I didn't actually put a date on it, though I know Sunday has often been 'changeover' day. Though yesterday was far too busy and chaotic at work for me to even think about it.

I will aim to give the answers and set a new challenge on Wednesday evening. (Next time I'm in the 'staff room', where my paperwork is...)

So last chance for entries! :D

Stations G&H - Answered

Posted: 07 Apr 2021, 19:23
by RobbieM
Okay, here you are then. Stations G and H answered. Or shall I do stations H and G instead? For some reason, everyone seems to have done H first, though I don’t know why. G was so simple, after all!

Okay – let’s do station ‘H’ first then. The hint was ‘Shiny paintwork’. That’s my cryptic brain again, I’m afraid. In crosswords, ‘work’ often represents the letters ‘OP’ – as in an abbreviation for ‘operation’. And shiny paint? It’s ‘gloss’, of course. So ‘shiny paintwork’ can be translated as Glossop!

A number of stations can be found at 129⅓ miles from Glossop, as Michael Churchill told me. They are Lockerbie, Stevenage, Acklington and… oh, there’s one more: the other part of the hint is “Have we seen this before?”

Most of us probably have seen it before; it was the station that kicked this all off (in another thread). As I originally said, ‘thinking laterally when looking at the picture of Flickr may help’. With laterally meaning sideways, if you clicked on the left/right arrows on Flickr, you’d’ve eventually come to the first station I set. In fact, it was the same photo heavily zoomed in! Yes, it’s our old friend Rhymney! You see, I was disappointed that Rhymney didn’t have its own letter, and I didn’t want it to miss out. But now it does – ‘G’! (I may wish to use these letters later, during the exam season…)

Well done to our four keen detectives, who all got both stations correct:

* Michael Churchill
* Steeeevooooooo
* TubeGuru
* trains 500

Incidentally, thanks to Michael again for saying that if you got Rhymney first, and wanted stations at 129⅓ miles, they are: Hampton Court, Kearsley, Hillside, New Lane, Teddington, Dinting, Bookham, Elstree & Borehamwood, Wembley Central & Oxshott.

For your interest, Dinting is very close to Glossop. After I took the photo, I had to make sure I got on the right train. You see, whereas Geoff and Vicky did all the stations, I’m attempting to do all the routes. (Those with scheduled passenger services, that is). That can be a bit more complicated, as I had to get a train that completed the Dinting triangle. And there are very few that do it!

New station coming up soon! Probably not as easy, but we’ll see…

Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 07 Apr 2021, 19:45
by trains 500
the Hatfield triangle is possibly my least favorite part of the NR network, I wont go into why.

Stations G&H - Answered

Posted: 07 Apr 2021, 19:47
by RobbieM
trains 500 wrote:
07 Apr 2021, 19:45
the Hatfield triangle is possibly my least favorite part of the NR network, I wont go into why.
Interesting - you've whetted our appetites now! :D

Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 07 Apr 2021, 20:52
by tubeguru
trains 500 wrote:
07 Apr 2021, 19:45
the Hatfield triangle is possibly my least favorite part of the NR network, I wont go into why.
You prefer squares?

Station 'I' has arrived!

Posted: 07 Apr 2021, 21:51
by RobbieM
Righto. Here it is then. Station I. Maybe it’s a bit trickier than those which have come before?

To be honest, if I didn’t know where it is, I’m wondering how I’d personally begin trying to narrow it down. But that’s not my problem. Go on, class – surprise me! 😊
  • Bonus: An hour or two after I took this photo, I boarded the train here, travelled just one stop down the line, then got off at the next station. I didn’t walk onto hot tarmac (and I was also correctly attired, I’ll have you know…). However, I did walk around half a mile to visit a very well-known tourist attraction. What was that attraction? (You’ll have to work out which direction my train went from the station.)
PM your answers, and have fun. I’ll give a hint later on, as usual. Traditionally, almost everyone has submitted their answers in before I give the hint, but might it be different in this case?

We’ll see! 😊

Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 08 Apr 2021, 10:16
by tubeguru
Easy. Answers submitted.

Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 08 Apr 2021, 13:46
by RobbieM
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Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 08 Apr 2021, 13:46
by RobbieM
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Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 08 Apr 2021, 13:47
by RobbieM
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Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 08 Apr 2021, 13:47
by RobbieM
tubeguru wrote:
08 Apr 2021, 10:16
Easy. Answers submitted.
Far too easy, it seems! (Maybe I was using reverse psychology in my earlier post?) I have had two correct answers so far (plus two correct boni [if that's the plural of 'bonus']...). But also interesting that both of you got the answer by somewhat different methods.

Re: Nice-looking station! Where is it?

Posted: 08 Apr 2021, 14:33
by tubeguru
RobbieM wrote:
08 Apr 2021, 13:47
tubeguru wrote:
08 Apr 2021, 10:16
Easy. Answers submitted.
Far too easy, it seems! (Maybe I was using reverse psychology in my earlier post?) I have had two correct answers so far (plus two correct boni [if that's the plural of 'bonus']...). But also interesting that both of you got the answer by somewhat different methods.
I had no idea which station it could be at first, but once I had worked out which part of the country we were in (the clue's in the picture), an idea came to me as to which station it might be. A quick visit to a non-railway-related website, and I had the answer confirmed to me.

From there, the bonus is obvious.

Re: station J

Posted: 12 Apr 2021, 11:15
by trains 500
Ill start off with a hint: its not New York

Good luck!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu9dqA44dDM

And I have a smaller plethera of submissions for this station than others, detentions soon for incompleted assessments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO1qybECiGs (its a pretty simple/easy one)

Re: station J

Posted: 12 Apr 2021, 11:58
by RobbieM
trains 500 wrote:
12 Apr 2021, 11:15
Ill start off with a hint: its not New York

Good luck!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu9dqA44dDM

And I have a smaller plethera of submissions for this station than others, detentions soon for incompleted assessments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO1qybECiGs (its a pretty simple/easy one)
Oooh! I'd recognise that parking sign anywhere! Answer submitted.

Re: station J

Posted: 12 Apr 2021, 13:03
by tubeguru
RobbieM wrote:
12 Apr 2021, 11:58
trains 500 wrote:
12 Apr 2021, 11:15
Ill start off with a hint: its not New York

Good luck!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu9dqA44dDM

And I have a smaller plethera of submissions for this station than others, detentions soon for incompleted assessments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO1qybECiGs (its a pretty simple/easy one)
Oooh! I'd recognise that parking sign anywhere! Answer submitted.
I didn't recognise the station from the video, but there is a clue in there that led me to finding it via Google :)