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Question: Which of these can you identify?  (Voting closed: January 18, 2021, 02:47:36 pm)
* opened in 1967, to compete for airport traffic with buses and taxis - 5 (35.7%)
* Of 2ft 6in gauge, it carried an unmanned 'locomotive' consisting of an engine on a chassis and a trolley carrying a tank-shaped screen at which artillery fired - 1 (7.1%)
* The track is a broad gauge of 6 ft 6 3⁄4 in. The maximum operating speed is 22 mph - 2 (14.3%)
* Opened: 1908; Closed: 1913; Gauge: 3′; Length: 4 miles - 1 (7.1%)
* Completed around 1922, it was built by the Lithgow family to employ men from their shipbuilding yards when the end of World War I signalled a drop in their order-book - 1 (7.1%)
* The track had a central common rail and just above the bridge it broke into a passing loop at the half-way point. At the summit and before entering [redacted] yard. it passed through a cutting as an ordinary single track, and thereafter fanned out ... - 0 (0%)
* opened broad (5'3" gauge, 1863). Converted to narrow (3') gauge, 1894. Closed, 1960 - 3 (21.4%)
!! I can't work out ANY of them! - 1 (7.1%)
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« on: January 17, 2021, 02:33:04 pm »

Around the British Isles, there are a number interesting railways and rail stories.  How many of these can you identify?   How many did you need a search engine to help you with?

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2021, 11:51:15 am »

"Bumping" this poll - at http://www.passenger.chat/24536 - to the top of the recent posts lists.

How many of the seven can you identify?

It's only running for a day ... so it closes in three hours then it becomes a public guessing game. I'll post the identities this evening of any that are not identified by that point.    Little bit like the "Masked Singer" ... but none of the railways to identify has any links that I'm aware of with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Melanie Brown or Martine McCutcheon.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2021, 03:02:29 pm »

It's only running for a day ... so it closes in three hours then it becomes a public guessing game

OK ... tell me  Grin Grin

1- opened in 1967, to compete for airport traffic with buses and taxis   -  (35.7%)

2- Of 2ft 6in gauge, it carried an unmanned 'locomotive' consisting of an engine on a chassis and a trolley carrying a tank-shaped screen at which artillery fired   -  (7.1%)

3-  The track is a broad gauge of 6 ft 6 3⁄4 in. The maximum operating speed is 22 mph   -  (14.3%)

4-  Opened: 1908; Closed: 1913; Gauge: 3′; Length: 4 miles   -  (7.1%)

5-  Completed around 1922, it was built by the Lithgow family to employ men from their shipbuilding yards when the end of World War I signalled a drop in their order-book   -  (7.1%)

6- The track had a central common rail and just above the bridge it broke into a passing loop at the half-way point. At the summit and before entering [redacted] yard. it passed through a cutting as an ordinary single track, and thereafter fanned out ...   -  (0%)

7-  opened broad (5'3" gauge, 1863). Converted to narrow (3') gauge, 1894. Closed, 1960   - (21.4%)

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!! I can't work out ANY of them!   - 1 (7.1%)
.. brave vote, thank you.   I suspect lots of others stayed quiet!


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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2021, 03:59:33 pm »

1 is Ronaldsway halt Isle of Man
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2021, 04:01:35 pm »

1 is Ronaldsway halt Isle of Man

Yes, it is.   I wondered if anyone was thinking Teeside Airport, which opened in 1971 rather than the 1967 for Ronaldsway!  (Of course no-one would admit that now!)
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2021, 09:27:25 pm »

3 is the Cairngorm funicular
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2021, 09:49:24 pm »

3 is the Cairngorm funicular

It is, Tony.  The speed quoted is in winter - limit much lower in summer. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2021, 10:27:54 pm »

5 is Duchal Moor Grouse Railway
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2021, 10:31:27 pm »

5 is Duchal Moor Grouse Railway



Yes, it ... I will follow up with various links later (or early!) ... I was actually looking for a different grouse moor railway to put into the quiz when I came across this one - hadn't realised there were a  number of them around.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2021, 10:32:01 pm »

7 Is the Tooban Junction - Cuttymanhill section of the Derry and Lough Swilly Railway
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2021, 10:48:33 pm »

7-  opened broad (5'3" gauge, 1863). Converted to narrow (3') gauge, 1894. Closed, 1960   - (21.4%)

7 Is the Tooban Junction - Cuttymanhill section of the Derry and Lough Swilly Railway

Desparatley close ... Swilly dates (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Londonderry_and_Lough_Swilly_Railway ) are:
1863 - initial openings at broad gauge
1885 - conversion to narrow gauge
1953 - final (freight, rail service)
2014 - final bus service

If he's around tonight, bignosemac may find some sort of linkage in nomenclature (and even in origin) in the line in question.
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2021, 07:51:59 am »

* opened in 1967, to compete for airport traffic with buses and taxis
Ronaldsway Airport Halt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronaldsway_railway_station

* Of 2ft 6in gauge, it carried an unmanned 'locomotive' consisting of an engine on a chassis and a trolley carrying a tank-shaped screen at which artillery fired
Shrewton Folly Railway
https://www.darch.org.uk/Category/Wiltshire/Shrewton-Folly/

* The track is a broad gauge of 6 ft 6 3⁄4 in. The maximum operating speed is 22 mph
Cairngorm mountain railway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairngorm_Mountain_Railway

* Opened: 1908; Closed: 1913; Gauge: 3′; Length: 4 miles
Skye Marble Railway
https://hlrco.wordpress.com/scottish-narrow-gauge/constructed-lines/skye-marble-railway/

* Completed around 1922, it was built by the Lithgow family to employ men from their shipbuilding yards when the end of World War I signalled a drop in their order-book.
Duchal Moor Railway
https://www.railscot.co.uk/Duchal_Moor_Railway/index.php

* The track had a central common rail and just above the bridge it broke into a passing loop at the half-way point. At the summit and before entering [redacted] yard. it passed through a cutting as an ordinary single track, and thereafter fanned out ...
Tregantle Military Railway
https://brucehunt.co.uk/south%20east%20cornwall/tregantle%20military%20railway.html

* opened broad (5'3" gauge, 1863). Converted to narrow (3') gauge, 1894. Closed, 1960
Finn Valley Railway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strabane_(CDR)_railway_station
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