On Tuesday, we posted our thirty-fourth photo challenge to see how well you know Metro. I took five photos in the Metro system. Here are the answers. How well did you do?
We got just 13 guesses this week. Only two people got all five correct. Great work, Peter K and Mr. Johnson!
Image 1: Prince George’s Plaza
The first image depicts the ceiling above the platforms at Prince George’s Plaza. It’s also the underside of the parking garage that sits atop the station.
Prince George’s Plaza is distinctive as one of the few stations with a flat ceiling. The angle and the staircase visible at top right also hint that this is a side platform station. Eight of you knew this one.
Image 2: Judiciary Square
The second picture shows the eastern entrance to Judiciary Square. The building visible at right is One Judiciary Square, which is a fairly distinctive clue. The roof of the National Building Museum is just visible at center left. Ten people guessed correctly.
Image 3: King Street
The third image shows the northern entrance to King Street. This mezzanine was added to the station about twenty years after the station opened, so the brickwork is newer. There are a few clues to help narrow this down, including the metal ceiling and the round concrete column. From the vantage point, you can see the gate, so this was taken from outside the station.
The staircase going up indicates that this is a mezzanine below the tracks. And from the PIDS screen, you can clearly read “Largo” on the top and bottom lines, so this is a station serving the Blue Line. Only six of you put the clues together to get King Street.
Image 4: Columbia Heights
The fourth image proved to be the hardest. This picture shows new lighting installed at the base of the escalators at Columbia Heights. As far as I know, these lights are unique. But they’re not the only clue. The ceiling at Columbia Heights is unique, as we noted in Week 31, because the panels are not recessed into the coffers like at the other Arch I and Arch II stations. Only 2 people knew this one.
Image 5: Landover
The final image shows Landover station from a passing MARC train. The primary clue here is the rusted catenary pole visible at center-right. That tells you that this station is viewed from along the electrified northeast corridor. That narrows it down to three stations: Cheverly, Landover, and New Carrollton.
You can discount Cheverly because it has side platforms and the angle is wrong. And you can eliminate New Carrollton because it’s not higher than the Amtrak tracks (Landover is) and there is no parking garage visible, as would be the case at New Carrollton. Six people knew this one.
Thanks to everyone for playing! Great work. Stay tuned. We’ll have five more images for you next Tuesday.