Were you as clued up on your bus, train, tram or tube moquette as everybody else at East of the M60 Towers? Fret not, here’s the answers

One or two of you might have been racking your brains over our moquette quiz during the lockdown. After several weeks, we have either put you out of your misery, or had you feeling smug.

Right, let’s get ready to rumble. Please note that the correct answers are set in bold type.

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1. This common moquette design was first used on the rolling stock for which seaside town’s electrification scheme?

  1. Weymouth;
  2. Bournemouth;
  3. Brighton;
  4. Blackpool.

The Bournemouth electrification scheme was completed in 1967, extending the Southern Region third rail system to the Hampshire resort. Since then, the third rail 750V d.c. system has been extended to Weymouth.

2. This orange and brown moquette was seen on West Yorkshire PTE’s Class 141 Pacer DMUs. The units were also known as what?

  1. Boneshakers;
  2. Back Breakers;
  3. Plodding Monkeys;
  4. Nodding Donkeys.

If you got Nodding Donkeys, the nickname was used to describe all units within the Pacer family. Of late, a baker’s dozen of these polarising units will be returning to the North West till this year’s New Year’s Eve.

3. If you boarded a train with this kind of moquette design in the noughties, which of the London stations would you be going to?

  1. Marylebone (Chiltern);
  2. Euston (London Midland);
  3. Victoria (Southeastern);
  4. King’s Cross (East Coast).

The London Midland moquette would have been seen on the late franchisee’s stopping service from Birmingham New Street to Euston. Which at one time offered a cheaper alternative to Virgin West Coast’s express trains.

4. Which iconic London bus had this moquette design till the early 1990s?

  1. AEC Regent;
  2. AEC Reliance;
  3. AEC Routemaster;
  4. Leyland Atlantean.

The iconic (or overrated?) AEC Routemaster had this moquette prior to refurbishment work. This saw the original moquette give way to the inferior poached egg design.

5. Which BR sector applied the blue ‘Donkey Stripe’ moquette to its trains in the late 1980s?

  1. Network Southeast;
  2. InterCity;
  3. Provincial Sector;
  4. Parcels.

In later years, you would have also seen this moquette on Regional Railways trains, thanks to fleet cascades. Well in to the noughties, it was seen on the seats of Sprinter units as well as 4-CIGs and 4-CEPs.

6. Which operator superseded its orange check moquette with this design, known as ‘salt and pepper’?

  1. National Express;
  2. West Midlands PTE;
  3. Lancashire United;
  4. Greater Manchester Transport.

Though our image doesn’t quite do it justice, Greater Manchester Transport’s later buses (from 1982 to 1986) adopted this pattern. This replaced the orange checked pattern, first seen on GMT/SELNEC PTE standard double deckers.

7. This moquette design by Misha Black was created for which London Underground line?

  1. Circle;
  2. Bakerloo;
  3. District;
  4. Northern.

This moquette was seen on the District Line’s D78 trains. Some of which are being refurbished as Class 230 diesel trains with a Ford Transit engine by Vivarail. Outside of Westminster, this pattern was seen on Greater Manchester Transport’s small fleet of Leyland Titans and on Yorkshire Rider’s MCW Mark 2 Metrobuses.

8. This moquette design was a previous one for Piccadilly line trains. To get from Ealing Broadway to Manchester Piccadilly (in a normal situation), you can…

  1. Change at King’s Cross St. Pancras for a Euston tube and board Avanti West Coast’s service;
  2. Change at Acton Town, get another tube to Heathrow for a flight to Manchester Airport, then a train to Manchester Piccadilly;
  3. Alight at Victoria, transfer to Victoria Coach Station, get a Megabus to Shudehill Interchange and a Free Bus to Manchester Piccadilly;
  4. Do all of the above.

The answer is (under normal circumstances) All Of The Above. For economy, we recommend the third option. For city to city transfer, the first option wins by a landslide.

9. In 2009, this moquette pattern became the standard design for which light rail system?

  1. Croydon’s Tramlink;
  2. Greater Manchester’s Metrolink;
  3. Sheffield’s Supertram;
  4. The Midland Metro.

This has been used on Greater Manchester’s light rail network since the arrival of Flexity Swift M5000 trams.

10. This 1960s British Railways moquette shares the same name as what kind of malware?

  1. Worm;
  2. Trojan;
  3. Backdoor;
  4. Rootkit.

The Trojan moquette was originally used on trains in Kent. Soon, it became a popular pattern on BR’s Mark I coaching stock.

11. This 1980s moquette is the First Class version of Network Southeast’s Donkey Stripe. Where else was this moquette seen?

  1. GM Buses’ Express routes;
  2. National Express coaches;
  3. North West Regional Railways’ Class 309s (from Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe);
  4. Pennine’s minibuses.

From my experience of the Class 309s in May 2000, I only wished my journey was a lot longer than Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport. Even more so as I found that First Class had been declassified.

12. This late-1980s InterCity moquette takes its name from which North Sea shipping region?

  1. FitzRoy;
  2. Fastnet;
  3. Forties;
  4. Dogger.

For some reason, it was Dogger. I honestly don’t know why, other than the fact it was a pleasant sibling moquette to the red Hummel-style chevrons on the Super Sprinter units.

13. If you sat on a seat with this moquette in the late-1980s to early-1990s, which express route would you be travelling on?

  1. Trans-Lancs Express;
  2. Transpennine Express;
  3. Trans-Europe Express;
  4. Von Ryan’s Express.

The late great Trans-Lancs Express, which began operation 50 years ago. This was the standard moquette pattern on GM Buses’ Express buses, particularly the NCME bodied MCW Metrobuses. As well as the 400, these buses were also seen on Manchester express routes like the 180 to Greenfield and the 153 to Carrbrook and Mossley.

14. Which circular route would you be travelling on if your seat had this moquette pattern?

  1. The 336 or 337 to Hartshead;
  2. The Circle Line;
  3. Glasgow Subway;
  4. The 11C Outer Circle.

This is the present-day moquette design on London Underground’s Circle Line trains. As you can see here, it is also designed for the Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, and District lines.

15. Finally, which British Rail sector used this moquette pattern in its Mark II carriages?

  1. Railfreight;
  2. InterCity;
  3. Provincial;
  4. Network Southeast.

If you travelled on the Holyhead to Birmingham New Street trains, or The Irish Mancunian from Stockport to Holyhead, you would have come across this moquette. Or on many preserved lines where early Mark II carriages are in operation.

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How did you fare?

  • 15: Congratulations, fellow transport geek: pour yourself a celebratory mug of Yorkshire Tea and have first pick of the Family Circle biscuit tin.
  • 11 – 14: So near, yet so far away. Like a Manchester bound express train that had to terminate at Stalybridge. Help yourself to a Corned Beef sandwich.
  • 7 – 10: Pre-lockdown, you must have been used to travelling in perpendicular class. Chances are you last had a seat when Vogue topped the UK singles chart for Madonna. Grab yourself an Oxo cube for the sanovar; essential sustenance for Vladivostok as well as Victoria station on a damp February.
  • 3 – 6: You definitely need to brush up on your moquette. If you are too young to recognise many of them I shall give you the benefit of the doubt. Please accept this copy of the Manchester Evening News with our compliments.
  • 0 – 2: I only wish you had a decent score and understand that you wanted to impress your friends. Not to worry, our Duffers’ Guide to Seat Moquette is a good starting point for moquette noobs. Help yourself to a Milk Chocolate Digestive (McVites ones at that).

S.V., 09 June 2020.

2 thoughts on “Guess The Moquette: The Answers

  1. good effort ,the blue orange stripe and tan donkey stripe were first used on the fore runner of network south east known as LSE (london south east) the final 317 units were built with it ,when Network south east was formed they used the blue blaze moquette in standard and mini blue blaze in first ,the cl319 of 1987 had this moquette in it
    the 313 recieved their first c1 overhaul from 85 onwards ,this was done at york works ,the first units done were repainted blue grey with blue orange stripe seat covers ,this soon changed and they were been refurbished in nse colours with a version of blue blaze that had a red flash in it


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