Railroad Trivia Challenge 

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Trivia Challenge #2
 

1. The Bullet Train began operation in 1964 in what country?  Japan
 
 

2. A “frog” would most likely be found on a turnout .
 

 the fire box
 a turnout
 a handcar
 a rail-splitter
 a coal tender

3. The new Acela operates on what railroad?  Amtrak
 
 

4. The famous Moffat tunnel is 6.2 miles long.
 

 6.2
 8.7
 12.5
 21

5. What is the wheel arrangement of a Challenger?  4-6-6-4
 

 4-8-8-4
 2-6-6-2
 4-6-6-2
 4-6-6-4

6. The 20th century limited and the Broadway limited operated between New York and Chicago.
 
 

7. Built in 1808 by Richard Trevithick, the locomotive known as "Catch me who can"  was the first steam locomotive to run in London. 
 

 Locomotion
 Catch me who can
 Puffing Billy
 Novelty
 Tom Thumb
 Best friend of Charleston

8. The first steam locomotive built in the United States was Tom Thumb.
 

 Locomotion
 Catch me who can
 Puffing Billy
 Novelty
 Tom Thumb
 Best friend of Charleston

9. In Great Britain, the caboose is called the brake van .
 

 Tail tram
 tail loader
 brake tram
 brake van

10. Match the following: Feather River Route Western Pacific
 

 New York Central,
 Florida East Coast,
 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific,
 Chicago, Joliet and Eastern,
 Western Pacific,
 New York, Chicago and Saint Louis

11. Nickel Plate Road  New York, Chicago and Saint Louis
 

 New York Central, 
 Florida East Coast, 
 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific, 
 Chicago, Joliet and Eastern, 
 Western Pacific, 
 New York, Chicago and Saint Louis.

12. The Water Level Route  New York Central
 

 New York Central, 
 Florida East Coast, 
 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific, 
 Chicago, Joliet and Eastern, 
 Western Pacific, 
 New York, Chicago and Saint Louis.

13. What year did the English Channel Tunnel open for rail service? 1994
 

 1994
 1995
 1996
 1997

14. The uprights on a trestle are called Bents .
 

 Stays
 Sleepers
 Bents
 Riser

15. The "Flying Scottsman" was the first locomotive to break 100 mile per hour barrier.
 
 

16. The portable towns along the railroad during the construction of the transcontinental railroad were called "Hell on wheels".
 
 

17. By law, this color can not be used in a lighted railroad signal. white
 

 red
 yellow
 green 
 orange
 white
 blue
 amber

18. Check the signal types used in US railroads. (check all that apply) color-light signals, position-light signals, color-position signals, semaphores, dwarf

 color-light signals
 stays
 position-light signals
 color-position signals
 semaphores
 dwarf

19. "Telltales" found near railroad tunnels saved many a brakeman's life.
 

 ended
 saved

20. In general, a red "target" on a switch tells the engineer
Beware, switch diverted to the side track 

 the switch is broken
 stop, the switch is thrown
 danger, the switch is against you
 beware, switch diverted to the side track
 
 

 

 

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