Escape to the Pantry: Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks

East of the M60’s back with a nifty follow-up to the seat moquette quiz

In the last year, you might have seen the use of minimalist colour blocks on t’ internets. In most cases, they form part of a quiz with video gaming characters and Walt Disney characters being popular subject areas.

Unless somebody else knows different, no-one as yet has turned to bus and train liveries for inspiration. Most liveries developed up to the noughties were favourable for adding to minimalist colour block quizzes.

We at East of the M60 do things differently. If you have also noticed this glaring omission in the field of block based quizzes, your prayers have been answered.

Guess the Bus and Train Liveries

This week, we have a worthy successor to the moquette quiz. There are twenty questions, two of which are in more than two parts. If you are familiar with your 1980s and 1990s liveries, this is the quiz for you.

Question 1: These livery designs were used on which iconic train, designed by Kenneth Grange?

Question 2: In the mid to late 1980s, British Rail reorganised its freight service into six sectors. With the two-tone grey livery, can you name any of the six sectors or all six of them?

Question 3: This was the previous version of which British Rail sector livery?

Question 4: Which part of England had trains in this livery during the mid to late 1980s? (Extra points for guessing names of that British Rail commuter sector).

Question 5: This series of liveries was used by British Rail’s Provincial Sector trains. Which diesel trains had the livery styles as seen in our fourth and fifth blocks?

Question 6: Which kind of freight was carried by British Rail trains wearing any of these liveries?

Question 7: Which Passenger Transport Executive’s supported train services used any of these liveries between 1985 and 2001?

Question 8: During several visits to this station, I have seen a Pacer unit in the first livery. This was followed by a Class 303 in GMPTE’s Strathclyde inspired livery, then a slam-door Class 308 in the third livery. Where in Tameside would I have wasted most of my youth spotting diesels to Rose Hill and electrics to Glossop?

Question 9: These liveries were worn by a train that should have been in squadron service in the mid-1980s – and coming to the end of their lives at the end of this decade. Which tilting train was it?

Question 10: These liveries were seen on the posh trains till 1997, sharing the name of a famous author. You might see them on the Orient Express. What trains used this livery on their named carriages?

Question 11: All six of these blocks show us the liveries used by SELNEC and Greater Manchester Transport buses. What livery style is seen in the fifth block?

Question 12: All six of these blocks show us the liveries used by Manchester Corporation buses from 1935 to 1969. If my bus is in the two-tone blue livery, where would I have been travelling to?

Question 13: All six of these blocks show us the liveries used by Blackpool Corporation buses from 1955 to 1986. From Talbot Square, which other seaside town has a straight connection with the 14 route?

Question 14: Which other traditional party political conference venue is noted for its yellow buses, as seen in these blocks?

Question 15: If Eileen Bilton caught the 42 from Northwich, which municipality’s buses would she have caught in the 1970s and 1980s?

Question 16: Before being superseded by Cleveland Transit in 1974, which municipal operator did these two liveries belong with?

Question 17: Which municipal operator, known for its unusual dual door buses, had these liveries on their buses and trolleybuses?

Question 18: From 1970 to 1990, which nationwide coach operator had this selection of liveries?

Question 19: Which city’s buses had these three liveries from the late-1970s to the noughties?

Question 20: Finally, which deregulation era operator had these three liveries over a twelve-year period?

How many did you get?

We didn’t expect you to get every single one right but if you did, you have probably spent too long with this gentleman, who made this geektastic quiz.

Scores on the Doors

20 – 16: don’t be surprised if our paths have crossed at some point. You probably might have sat opposite me on a packed Sprinter unit or took an interest in trains at the age of five. Congratulations are in order: you win the 1986 edition of the Great Britain Train Timetable.

15 – 11: so near, yet so far. Like the person who just about makes the 409 bus, though gets refused entry due to being a few feet away from the stop. Still, you didn’t do too bad: please accept this shop soiled Greater Manchester Transport Bus Guide binder.

10 – 7: some room for improvement, though you probably know a bit more about 1980s bus and train liveries than the average person aboard the 0700 to Manchester Victoria. Please accept this unused Maxpax coffee cup, late of Longsight depot.

6 – 3: obviously not a regular bus and train user of the last three to four decades. Your best bet is to visit the local library (remember them?) and borrow some decent bus and train books. For now, please accept this rather battered copy of Stop The Express for the 48k ZX Spectrum home computer (and don’t forget your Kempston joystick interface).

0 -2: are you Chris Grayling in disguise? You probably know as much about bus operations in the North West of England as the member for Epsom and Ewell. You could right these wrongs by subscribing to Rail Magazine, or by following East of the M60 (from this blog and our Facebook page). As for your prize, please accept this used Shop ‘n’ Save Clippercard.

Scores on the Doors

The answers will be due out next week. Happy quizzing.

S.V., 22 July 2020.

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