🚂 Trainspotting 🚇

“Trains are wonderful.... To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches, and rivers, in fact, to see life.” Agatha Christie

Everyone will have travelled by train at some time or another. Railway journeys can be thrilling, romantic or hum drum if going on holiday, on honeymoon or to work. But everyone will have a train story to tell. Use this session to help members focus on reminiscence and story telling.

Begin the session with a few open questions...

- Who likes travelling by train? What is so good about it?

- Does anyone remember travelling on a steam train? What was it like?

- What is the best railway journey you ever went on?

Ask for train related recollections. Here's mine ...

When I was a boy, Mum and Dad took us on holiday to York. As we lived in Newport, that seemed like such a long way away. We never really ventured far in those days, being a family of six boys (I'm the youngest). We regular had holidays in Barry, as all our grandparents lived there and weekend visits were very frequent. So anyway, as I was a train spotter Mum and Dad thought it would be nice while we were in York to get a day trip on a train. British Rail used to do these 'Magical Mystery Tours'. You didn't know where you were headed and there was a prize for the first person to guess the right destination. Guess where we ended up? Barry Island, of course. A few rides on the funfair, fish and chips, an iced cream, hello to Nan and Alma, then back to York! Smashing!

I used to love exploring the 'Barry Railway Graveyard'. Fortunately, most of the trains there were saved and refurbished for heritage railways.


Next ask members to complete these well known phrases together, by way of a shout out ...

Lose your train of THOUGHT

Ride the gravy TRAIN

Back on the right TRACK

Let the train take the STRAIN

One track MIND

Toe the party LINE

Light at the end of the TUNNEL

Just the TICKET

Letting off STEAM


Draw a line in the SAND

Hook, line and SINKER

Lose track of TIME

Station MASTER

Signal BOX

Give it the green LIGHT

The end of the LINE



Full steam AHEAD


Round 1. General Knowledge

1. In 1830, which locomotive built by George Stephenson became the first ever commercial train?

How fast could it go?

2. Which train could go faster, an 'Intercity' or 'The Flying Scotsman'?

3. What nickname was given to the Shinkansen high-speed trains of Japan because of their appearance and speed?

4. See if you can name these 10 London Underground stations?











5. Which city's underground railway is called the 'Metro'?

6. Name this railway?

7. What type of railway is this? (Lynton & Lynmouth)

8. Which children and dog advertise GWR?

9. Name the 4 stations in a game of 'Monopoly'?

10. SONG. 'Morningtown Ride', The Seekers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-RkC6MYT2E

Which Radio 4 game show, hosted by Nicholas Parsons, had a round called 'Mornington Crescent'?

Round 2. TV

11. Name the character?

And the author who created him?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkB3F4-NI8A

12. Name the character?

And the driver?

TV Theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrSv1ZSmwNk

13. Name the man and his dog?

Here is the 'Train Chase' segment from the movie 'The Wrong Trousers' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrmZIgVoQw4

14. Name the driver?

And his train?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E21IBtVBwW8

15. Name the TV show?

And the presenter?

16. Name the TV show?

Name the presenter and the guide book?

17. Who undertook a 'Trans Siberian Adventure'?

Have a guess at where the railway starts and ends, and how long it is?

18. Name the TV show?

The 'Bluebell Heritage Railway' is used for filming. Anyone know where it is?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3xnUdt5Zm0

19. Name the TV show?

Name the actress?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnQr1u21GUI

20. SONG. 'The Runaway Train', Michael Holliday - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7_IMEvr9ek

What is the name given to the brake on a train that automatically kicks in if the driver lets it go?

Round 3. Movies

21. Name the movie?

And the actors?


Here is an excellent parody sketch by the cast of 'Goodness Gracious Me' ...


22. Name the movie?

And the station master character and actor?

23. Name the movie series?

What station and platform did the train leave from?

24. Name the movie?

And the character and actor?

25. Which James Bond movie is partly set on 'The Orient Express'?

Name the actor on the right?

Here is the movie song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwLXDv6jXr4

26. Name the movie?

Name the two actors?

27. Name the movie?

Name the two male actors?

28. Name the movie?

Name the actor who voiced the part of the conductor?

29. Name the bear?

Where is he from? What sandwiches does he like to eat?

30. Which 1988 movie starring Phil Collins is based on the 1963 'Great British Train Robbery'?

Nearest guess. How much was stolen?

Here is the hit song from that movie ...

31. SONG. 'Two Hearts', Phil Collins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SidxJz94Svs

Which prog rock group was Phil Collins lead singer and drummer with?