On Tuesday, we posted our sixty-eighth photo challenge to see how well you knew Metro. I took photos of five Metro stations. Here are the answers. How well did you do?
This week we got 32 guesses. Nineteen got all five. Great work!
Image 1: Wiehle Avenue
The theme this week was end-of-line stations. Many of you figured it out, and that helped you solve the quiz.
The first image shows the southern pedestrian bridge leading to Wiehle Avenue. There are a few main clues visible here: the bridge is very long, and features a box-like gallery above the column between the express and local lanes. Also, you can see the bollards separating the bus bays from the exit ramp, a feature only used at Wiehle Avenue.
Twenty-nine got this one.
Image 2: Vienna
The second image shows the platform at Vienna. There are three clues here. First, the stair-escalator combo is fairly rare, and these new stairs are distinctive. Second, you can see diagonal windows over the tracks, a feature present only at Vienna and West Falls Church. Finally, if you look very closely, you can just barely make out freeway signs down the trackway to the right.
Twenty-five knew this one.
Image 3: Shady Grove
The third image shows the east entrance to Shady Grove. The lighter colored wall around the opening is unique to Shady Grove, so it was the primary clue. Others noted the trees planted above, which indicates either a roadway or rail line runs over the tunnel between this vantage point and the Metro platform. Few stations have that sort of arrangement, but Shady Grove is one.
Twenty-two guessed correctly.
Image 4: Branch Avenue
The fourth image shows the canopy at Branch Avenue. We featured it recently in week 66, and noted that the trapezoidal blocks atop the columns were unique to this station. One additional clue that could’ve helped you narrow it down from the other three high peak stations is that only at Branch Avenue does the triangular skylight go all the way to the end of the roof, as opposed to stopping some distance back.
Twenty-four guessed Branch Avenue.
Image 5: Largo
The final picture shows the view up the stairs at Largo. This could have easily been any of the three Gull II stations. But the main way to solve this one was to identify the theme. Of the terminal stations, only Largo has the Gull II design.
Twenty-five managed to figure this one out.
Next Tuesday we’ll have five more photos for you to identify. Thanks for playing!