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Quiz about Not All Trains Lead to London
Quiz about Not All Trains Lead to London

Not All Trains Lead to London Trivia Quiz

If you're travelling by train through the UK, then you're likely to stop at one of the ten stations in this quiz, all managed by National Rail. Identify which are found in London and which are not; there are five of each to stop at. Good luck!

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Waverley Euston Waterloo Paddington St. Pancras New Street Temple Meads King's Cross Piccadilly Lime Street

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Waterloo

Answer: It's in London

Extremely central as far as London stations go, Waterloo Station sits close to the Thames near the Palace of Westminster, the London Eye, and the Tate Modern. The busiest station in all of the UK based on annual passenger numbers, Waterloo acts as a terminus station for national services stretching to the west (to Reading) and the southwest (to Weymouth and Exeter).

The adjoining Waterloo East station is similarly busy, but takes train lines southeast to Dover.
2. Paddington

Answer: It's in London

Considered central by London standards, Paddington sits a bit further west of the bulk of the city and services the far west of the UK as a terminus station, bringing passengers to Wales (Swansea and Cardiff), Bristol and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, the Cotswolds, and Oxford (amongst other destinations).

This station has also hosted a connection to Heathrow, making it one of the first major stops for international guests to the British capital.
3. Euston

Answer: It's in London

The key terminus station in London for the West Coast Main Line, Euston has historically been host to all trains making their way north to Glasgow Central or Edinburgh, granting direct access to Scotland and the highlands (and making stops in Northampton, Stafford, Liverpool, and the Lake District). Built in 1837 it's also the oldest inter-city station in the UK, having held trains bound for Birmingham since that decade. Euston is also conveniently located for travellers aiming to make a connection - it's only a short walk to both King's Cross and St Pancras as all three are on the same stretch.
4. King's Cross

Answer: It's in London

Built as the terminus station for the Great Northern Railway, King's Cross is situated along the same stretch as Euston and St. Pancras, servicing a not-insignificant amount of UK passenger trains as they head northward to Leeds, Hull, York, and Newcastle before hitting Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Inverness in the far north. King's Cross is also, notably, featured in the "Harry Potter" book series as Platform 9 and 3/4 was the stop for trains heading to Hogwarts (also situated in the Scottish Highlands).
5. St. Pancras

Answer: It's in London

London St Pancras International is the main station UK train service to Mainland Europe as they head eastbound to the English Channel connecting to France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. As such, and unlike the other major London stations, St. Pancras contains border crossing facilities.

The station also has a number of domestic routes taking passengers to the East Midlands (Nottingham and Sheffield) and the southeast of England.
6. New Street

Answer: It's Not

The city of Birmingham contains several stations but New Street is its most prominent, being the largest train station in the UK outside of London, serving as a central hub in the West Midlands for trains headed in all directions. Named because it sits on New Street, it was originally constructed in 1854, breaking engineering records for its massive roof span (the largest in the world at the time).

It was a century before it was reconstructed to accommodate millions upon millions of transit users on an annual basis.
7. Piccadilly

Answer: It's Not

Though there's a Piccadilly tube station in London, the National Rail system would regard Piccadilly as a stop in Manchester, operating as the primary facility for the city. Considered one of the most central locations for train travel in the UK, it connects to virtually every region in England, Scotland, and Wales. Because of this, it's also one of the country's busiest stations, being the third-most-used outside of London after Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central.

It was originally constructed as Store Street Station in 1842 before becoming Manchester London Road only five years later and, in 1960, Manchester Piccadilly Station.
8. Waverley

Answer: It's Not

After Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley is the busiest Scottish train terminal as it services stations further north in Scotland, but also connects with London's King Cross to the far south. Originally built in the 1840s in a valley beneath the North Bridge, it's a massive building that takes in several train lines though its roofs barely rise above road level, making it seemingly sink below Edinburgh's adjacent Old Town buildings.
9. Lime Street

Answer: It's Not

Liverpool's main station, Lime Street has the distinction of being the oldest train station terminus in operation in the world, having been constructed in 1836 and still servicing West Coast line trains that cross England on the regular. Though its principal line heads directly to London's Euston Station, Lime Street also has trains that navigate to Scotland, Wales, the East Midlands, and Yorkshire.

It also connects to Liverpool's city transit, the Merseyrail.
10. Temple Meads

Answer: It's Not

Found due west of London, Bristol Temple Meads is at the far west end of the original Great Western Railway and acts as a terminus station to this day on that line though visitors can proceed onward via local services to Bath or cross over the River Severn to Wales if they so choose.

Originally opening in 1840, Bristol would almost solely take trains on this western route, but in the 2000s it would be one of the many stops featured on the CrossCountry line which, starting in Scotland, could take riders all the way down to Penzance passing through Temple Meads.
Source: Author kyleisalive

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