On Monday, we posted our fifth photo challenge to see how well you know Metro. I took photos of five transfer stations. Here are the answers. How well did you do?
We got 57 guesses on this post. 21 of you got all five correct. Congratulations!
Do you have photos that could stump our readers? Next week, we’re going to run a guest set of whichWMATA photos. If you want to submit a photo, see the details at the bottom of the post.
The first image was of Rosslyn. There are two stations that have the inbound and outbound tracks on different levels. You can see the edge of the PIDS display for the upper platform at the left of the photo. Additionally, you can tell the tracks are on different levels with the text above the elevator (“elevator to lower platform”).
The way to tell that this was Rosslyn and not Pentagon is the fact that Pentagon has faregates and a station manager’s booth on the mezzanine. 38 of you got this one right.
The next 3 images are of the underground transfer stations downtown. The first one is Gallery Place. The crossvault is obscured by the 7th & G mezzanine, which is a clear giveaway for this station. All 57 of you got this one. Great job!
The third image is of L’Enfant Plaza. It is very similar to Metro Center, but the key difference is that the pointed coffers in the crossvault do not make it all the way to the center of the arch. Other indicators include the Huntington/Branch Ave sign above the train (lit yellow for Huntington in this image) and the red signal.
There is an interlocking south of L’Enfant, that is not present at Metro Center. (There’s also an interlocking north of the station). 46 of you got this one.
This one is Metro Center. The best indicator here is the intersection of the pointed coffers at the center of the arch. 46 of you got this one.
The final image is of Fort Totten’s lower level. Fort Totten is a very unique station, with the lower level platform being underground at both ends and in an open cut in the middle. Giveaways in this picture include the beam at right (which holds up the CSX line and the Red Line and platforms above) and the terminal supervisor’s booth at the north end of the platform (Fort Totten was a terminal from 1993 until 1999).
34 of you got this one.
Hopefully this set of images will help you see the differences between the transfer stations, especially Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza.
Submit your photos!
Next Monday, we’ll have 5 more photos for you to identify. Good luck!
Do you have a photo for next week’s whichWMATA? If so, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the station where the photo was taken and the name you want credited as photographer. Any photos you submit must be photos you have taken.