On Tuesday, we featured the 137th challenge to see how well you know the Metro system. Here are the answers. How'd you do?
This week, we got 44 guesses. Thirty five of you got all five. Great work everyone!
In this set, all the pictures were taken from a bird's-eye view. If the bird was sitting on a structure. Just to assuage the fears of the commenter from the FAA, none of these pictures were taken using a drone, as doing so would be illegal. Four were taken from buildings and one was taken from a parking structure.
The first image shows a view looking eastward down King Street from the observation deck of the George Washigton Masonic National Memorial. The site offers tours which include a trip up to the observation deck, and I highly recommend it. The clues for this picture were many.
One clue is the split canopy. The original canopy from 1983 is to the right of King Street (the street). To the left is the early-2000s canopy, installed at the same time as the northern entrance. The reason the canopies don't connect is to leave open the viewshed down King Street from Alexandria to the tower.
Another clue is the Amtrak train sitting at Alexandria Union Station. You can see the baggage car at the end, and in front of it (to the right) is a Viewliner sleeping car. With no catenary masts in the area, this has to be a train headed south from Washington, and that puts this picture in Virginia.
All 44 of you knew this one!
The second image shows a view of the western entrance to Glenmont station, seen from the west parking structure. Based on the presence of Ride On buses, you should have deduced that this picture was taken in Montgomery County.
The mosaics around the top of the entry canopies were probably one clue some of you used to solve this one. The entry canopies are also unique in the system. Another clue is the fact that the station clearly has two entrances, with the bus loop on the far side of the main street, Georgia Avenue.
Forty of you got this one right.
The third image shows a view of Eisenhower Avenue from an apartment building on Huntington Avenue across from the southern Yellow Line terminal. The Capital Beltway is clearly visible in the foreground, and in this area has the local/express configuration as it approaches the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Eisenhower Avenue is one of only a few stations with side platforms, and is one of only two side platform stations with a Gull I canopy design. The other is Cheverly, which is not elevated. That makes Eisenhower Avenue fairly distinctive. A close look will also reveal a part of the junction with the C&J Connector track that allows trains on the Yellow Line to access Alexandria Rail Yard, which is along the Blue Line.
All 44 of you figured this one out.
The fourth image shows the eastern entrance pavillion at Georgia Avenue/Petworth, as seen from an apartment in the Park Place building. This picture was taken several years ago, when the eastern entrance was getting a new escalator installed. Only three stations have entrance pavillions like this: Columbia Heights, Congress Heights, and Petworth. The angle of the streets and the density should have helped you eliminate Columbia Heights and Congress Heights.
Forty of you guessed correctly.
The final image shows Rockville station from the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, located two blocks west of the station. Visible clues include the Metro end of the pedestrian bridge over Rockville Pike, the MARC station elevator, and the General Peak-style canopy at Rockville.
Thirty six of you came to the correct conclusion.
As a reminder, no drones were harmed during the making of this blog post.
Great work, everyone. Thanks for playing! We'll be back in two weeks with challenge #138.
Information about contest rules, submission guidelines, and a leaderboard is available at http://ggwash.org/whichwmata.