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There are many fictional locations in Thomas the Tank Engine.
The Island of Sodor is the fictional island in the Irish Sea created by the Rev. Awdry as the setting for his Railway Series books. It is situated between the Isle of Man and the mainland at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. The capital is Suddery, although the largest town is now Tidmouth.
All the locations are found on the Island of Sodor, with the only exception, Barrow Central Railway Station, situated in Cumbria on mainland England.
Abbey is a station on the Peel Godred branchline, named after the nearby Cronk Abbey. It solely services the nearby school, and is only staffed at the beginning and end of school terms.
A statue of the steam team is in a park near the station.
Anopha Quarry is the quarry at the end of Toby's tramway and Mavis' home. Henrietta and Bertie take the quarrymen to and from the quarry, but unfortunately Bertie can only go up to the quarry gates and the two had a hard time transporting the workmen. The problem was solved after Sir Topham Hatt renovated an old coach called Victoria and joined her with Henrietta and Toby.
Arched Stone Bridge
The elevated bridge allows little engineers to weave track underneath to add more dimension to track layouts. The train must get through and the Arched Stone Bridge lets Thomas and his friends carry on over rivers, streets and other rail lines.
Arlesburgh is a seaside town based on both sides of the Arle Estuary. The town is a popular tourist attraction on Sodor, mainly because of the Arlesdale Railway, of which one of the two stations here, Arlesburgh West, is the top station of Duck's branchline. This is also the terminus of the Arlesdale Railway, and was once served by the Mid Sodor Railway. The other station is Arlesburgh Bridge Street, which is served only by trains on the Arlesdale Railway.
In ancient times, the town was created as a port, stockaded by Godred MacHarold, and remained so for several centuries. The Mid Sodor Railway once operated a steamer service to Douglas, Man for passengers and freight, but its traffic dwindled after the railway's passenger traffic stopped, and completely dissolved when the railway closed in 1947. The port was re-opened by Sir Topham Hatt in 1968 to transport ballast from the old mines at Arlesdale.
The NWR engine sheds at Arlesburgh are home to Duck, Oliver and sometimes Donald or Douglas.
Several early maps of Sodor, including ones drawn by the Reverend W. Awdry, have Arlesburgh spelt "Arlsburgh". This was also seen on a signpost in Toby the Tram Engine.
Arlesburgh Bridge Street
Arlesburgh Bridge Street is a station on the Arlesdale Railway. It was also a station on the now-closed Mid Sodor Railway.
The Arlesburgh Shed was built for Duck and Oliver, when the Fat Controller re-opened the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branchline. There is also an extra berth for Donald or Douglas.
The shed is built in the style of the Great Western Railway buildings. It stands between the ballast hopper and the station.
Arlesburgh West is the top station of Duck's branchline. The station is also the terminal of the Arlesdale Railway, and was the harbour station of the Mid Sodor Railway.
Arlesdale is the valley which the River Arle runs through to the sea. It is also the home of the Arlesdale Railway, running from Arlesburgh at the river's mouth of the river to the village at Arlesdale.
Arlesdale is also a town and was a station and site of the Mid Sodor Railway's engine and carriage sheds, and, after the line began to close down, its top station.
Arlesdale Barrel Loader
The Arlesdale Barrel Loader is a company. Thomas heads into the yard and pick up some freight at the Arlesdale Barrel Company.
Arlesdale End is a station referenced by Percy and Toby. Percy said it was his favourite station, and when Toby replied that he used to live there Percy added he liked it best when Toby was there.
Arlesdale End Shed
Arlesdale End Shed is a one-road engine shed where Toby sleeps (although Stepney has been seen here). This was originally Toby's shed when he used to belong to Sodor Tramways. But when the tramline was closed down, Toby was put inside his shed until his crew arrived to tell him that he is going to work for the Fat Controller.
Thomas helped to fix the leaky roof on Arlesdale End Shed and used the old wood to make a new bird-house for Toby's friends.
Arlesdale Green is a station on the Arlesdale Railway. It was previously a station on the Mid Sodor Railway, but was only a simple building, as there was another station nearby.
Arlesdale Road is a station on the Arlesdale Railway.
Balladrine is a village three kilometres southeast of Killdane.
Balladwail is a town on Sodor. A plate way railway utilising the forces of gravity once ran from Ward Fell to here in the nineteenth century.
Ballahoo is a dormitory town for Barrow-in-Furness. It has a station served by a joint North Western Railway/National Rail service from Barrow, and is on the Norramby branch.
Ballahoo is notable for its two railway tunnels. The first was constructed in 1915, but partially collapsed due to poor construction, thus dividing the tunnel.
The second tunnel was cut in 1922 when Henry stopped in the first tunnel and refused to come out. As it was impossible to move him, it was decided to instead cut a new bore. When Henry was finally removed, both tunnels remained in service. As a result of these events, the tunnels were nicknamed "Henry's Tunnel".
Ballamoddey is a hamlet on Sodor. In the heyday of the Mid Sodor Railway, it was the last station before the top station at Peel Godred.
Ballaswein is a small village north of Harwick. It is the northernmost settlement on Sodor.
Barrow-in-Furness is a town in England. The North Western Railway has had running powers into Barrow Central station since an agreement with the LMS Railway in 1925. For "through" trains, North Western Railway engines are detached and BR or Other Railway engines take over. Since 1925, the North Western Railway has also had a shed, turntable and servicing facility here. There is also a joint goods yard for exchange traffic.
In real life, Barrow Central is the local station though now just called Barrow, but it does not have a line running to the Isle of Walney, which was "replaced" by in the maps of the island.
The Ben Glas is a river which starts at the top of the old Skarloey Railway plateway. It meets the Hawin Doorey five kilometres southeast of Glennock and flows down to Balladswail.
Black Loch is a lake that is near a line that Emily runs. James was originally given the run but was replaced with Emily when she was late with the flour train once to often. Originally, the engines were worried about the route as it was rumoured that the loch was occupied by a monster and that boulders would bash engines buffers. But Emily learns that the monster is actually a family of seals and the engines now like taking this route.
Bluff's Cove is a seaside station on Thomas' branchline which serves both a beach and a school.
Bluff's Cove Junction
Bluff's Cove Junction is the mainline junction to Thomas' branchline and to the short branch line to Bluff's Cove. The junction consists of some sidings and a signalbox, which stands on a gantry over the mainline.
Boulder Quarry was, probably but originally, the most short-lived industry on the Island of Sodor.
Built up in the mountains, the Quarry was operated by the narrow-gauge engines, who transported the mountain rock to Thomas and Percy at the Exchange Sidings. However, Thumper was digging into the mountain with a Boulder on it; and once, Boulder came down the mountain, causing chaos and runaways, the Fat Controller decided to close down Boulder Quarry.
The Boulder Quarry was later opened.
Brendam is a town with a population of 5000, and is also the top station for Edward's branchline and an important harbour. Bill and Ben bring china clay from the nearby China Clay Workings, and it is shipped to the mainland.
The Sodor China Clay Company, established in 1948, occasionally hosts days when enthusiasts may look around. Bill and Ben particularly enjoy the attention these visitors give them.
A coastal branchline runs from the port, and is mainly used for fish traffic. It also appears that the Express stops here on its way to Vicarstown, to collect passengers from the many ocean liners that come in here. The mail barge also docks here.
Bridge of Rocks
Bridge of Rocks is a hamlet near Droghan-y-Claghan, on the other side of the Hawin Ooyre.
"Bulgy's Bridge" is the nickname given to a bridge on the Little Western that Bulgy stuck under and damaged. Bulgy was later removed from underneath and left to rust in a nearby field.
Cabalnoo is a village about eight kilometres northwest of Kirk Ronan.
Callan is a station on Sodor.
At the Cargo Transfer, little engineers transfer cargo from road to rail while their vehicles activate both road and rail sounds when passing through! Transfer crane makes clicking noise as it turns. Knob lifts and lowers cargo. Includes two pieces of cargo, Cargo Truck, Flatbed and 2 road ramps.
Cas-ny-Hawin was a station on the Mid Sodor Railway. After Stanley was turned into a pumping engine, he was used to pump out water from the mines. He broke down in 1946, and as a result the mine flooded and was abandoned in December that year. With no further reason to continue running, the Mid Sodor Railway closed down in January the following year.
Castle Clock Tower
Clock Tower is the newest addition to the Island of Sodor. Turn the roof to raise and lower drawbridge with signature "ratcheting" sounds; at the same time, clock arms move to tell time.
Castle Loch, also known as the Scottish Castle, is a landmark of Sodor situated in Misty Valley. It was found by Toby in Toby's Discovery. It is home to Lord Callan.
Henry once had to collect a new flag for the castle.
It has become a popular tourist attraction ever since.
Centre Island Quarry
The Centre Island Quarry is the quarry where Bill, Ben and Mavis work and sleep. It contains engine sheds, rock hoppers and large buildings. Salty, Diesel, Thomas, Percy, Toby, 'Arry and Bert have been seen working here.
As well as mining quarry rock, there is a section of the quarry which mines slate.
Clagh Ooyre is a Sudrian mountain seven kilometres southwest of Harwick.
The Coal Station is fairly large and it also has a crane built onto it. Lift coal and spin it over to the top of the station. Run the conveyer then watch the coal drop into waiting trucks for delivery!
Cregwir is a village on Sodor to the east of Harwick. On some maps of Sodor drawn by the Reverend W. Awdry, a horse-drawn goods line ran from Harwick to here until it was pulled up for the war effort during World War II.
Cronk-ny-Braaid, or the Hill in the Valley, more famously known as Cronk, is named so as the town was built on a curious rocky outcrop in the centre of the valley leading to the heart of Sodor. This incredibly defensive structure led to its development into a fortified town. A (now ruined) castle was built here in the twelfth century.
Cronk is about roughly halfway along the North Western Railway's main line between Vicarstown and Tidmouth.
Just to the west is a magnificent viaduct where Gordon once had his dome blown off in 1957. A few miles to the north is a private school and the ruins of Cronk Abbey, both of which are serviced by Abbey Station on the Peel Godred branch.
Cros-ny-Cuirn is a station on the Skarloey Railway.
Crosby, originally Croshbyr, is a small seaside town renowned for its fresh air. It is named after an impressive stone cross made for the town's churchyard in the eleventh century.
Until 1912, Crosby was the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway's terminus; then the line was extended to Knapford. During the same year, a tunnel about 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) in length was bored.
Duck once crashed into the barber's shop here. On some maps of Sodor, it is misspelt "Crusby"
Crovan's Gate is town near a narrow gap in the hills that is the only practicable route into the centre of Sodor from the east. It is the terminus of the Skarloey Railway. Engines come from the North Western and Culdee Fell railways to the works, established in 1915, to be repaired.
The town is named after Godred Crovan, who saved Sodor from a Viking invasion. After a warband of Vikings landed nearby, they were lured to a small pass which led to the center of Sodor and attacked. The warband retreated to their boats, only to find they had all been burnt by another party who had hid nearby.
The works are possibly the best equipped for steam restoration in the British Isles - they are capable of any repair, overhaul or restoration job for any locomotive on the Island. The works also manufacture steam engines, and Sir Topham Hatt has been looking into the possibility of manufacturing parts for engines on heritage railways. The town's motto is "Ave amicos cave hostes", which, translated, means "Welcome, friends; beware, enemies". Engines
The standard gauge yard is staffed by Wendell, who shunts goods and does odd jobs.
The terminus, sheds and yards for the Skarloey Railway are located here.
Culdee Fell is a Sudrian mountain. It has the reputation of being the highest point on Sodor, with its summit 2048 feet above sea level. The Culdee Fell Railway climbs this mountain's southwest side.
Culdee, #4 on the Culdee Fell Railway, is named after this mountain.
Translated from Sudric, it means "The Mountain of the Companion of God". This most likely sources from the fact that St. Machan (the patron saint of Sodor, who lived during the sixth century) lived in a nearby cave.
The Arched Viaduct is a beautifully detailed stone structure. Thomas and his friends can go up, curve around, and go back down again while another train or boat passes underneath the curved arches.
"Devil's Back", previously Dreeym-y-Deighan, is a bleak, windy ridge on Culdee Fell traversed by the Culdee Fell Railway. It is the last passing loop before the summit.
If the winds become too strong on the mountain, passenger trains stop here rather than continuing to the summit. Rescue and supply trains, however, must get through.
Thomas and his friends have important deliveries to make on the other side of the bridge. The drawbridge raises so trains can pass safely under the bridge.
Droghan-y-Claghan is a hamlet about thirteen kilometres southwest-west of Harwick. It is several hundred metres away from Bridge of Rocks.
Dryaw is a station on and a village near Thomas' branchline. The village began as a worker village for the staff of A. W. Dry, a company working on reclaiming tidal land from the sea. Gradually, a village grew up around the workers' homes, expanding as more land was drained and cultivated.
Dryaw has two stations: one for passengers and one for goods, the latter of which was built first. The two lines of track go though Dryaw Station. The goods station is, ironically, in the middle of the village and better equipped than the passenger station, which is simply an unstaffed halt some distance from the village. The villagers of Dryaw, however, often save themselves the walk to the passenger station by hitching a ride in the brakevans of goods trains headed to Ffarquhar or Knapford Harbour, particularly on market days.
The name is an anagram of "Awdry" - the real back-story to the name - but, in the books, however, it possibly could come from the firm A. W. Dry, or the phrase "dry out", the site of the village being one of the first sections of land to be reclaimed from the sea by the company. Harold and Tiger Moth live at the nearby airfield. Sodor Airport is near the airfield.
Dryaw FC is the place where football (soccer) games are held. Moles had once made hills on the field, and Miss Jenny sent Buster to flatten them.
Dubbyn Moar is a lake about six kilometres southeast of Cregwir.
Elephant Park is a park that is near the Skarloey Railway.
Elephant Park Station
Elephant Park Station is a station on the Skarloey Railway near Elephant Park.
Elsbridge is a village on Thomas' branchline in the Els Valley with a population of 500. The nearby River Els flows underneath a bridge (based on the bridge at Maidenhead, built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel) and enters the Sudrian Sea at Knapford.
The station at Elsbridge has a large overhead footbridge.
At one time, Elsbridge was the top station of the Knapford and Elsbridge Light Railway. After the formation of the North Western Railway and the opening of Anopha Quarry in 1914, the line was extended to Ffarquhar.
Elsbridge is the Junction to Thomas' branchline. There is a small yard and an engines shed situated here as well.
Farmer McColl's Field
Farmer McColl's Field is located opposite his farm and is owned by Farmer McColl. Once, Thomas ignored a "men-at-work" sign and chuffs too fast on the bumpy tracks that were under repair and the load of books he was carrying bounce off the rails and into the field where they then hold a "storytime picnic in the sun".
Farmer Trotter's Pig Farm
Farmer Trotter's Pig Farm is Thomas' favourite farm on Sodor.
It is run and owned by Farmer Trotter.
Fenlan Fields is a field near the Fenlan Track. The Sodor Warbler was spotted here.
The fire station is used to supply fire trucks which project water in case of fire. The Island of Sodor is safe from fire thanks to the Fire Station. Turn the big red knob to sound bell and pop out fire truck from the station. Comes with fire train and fire truck with interchangeable hose attachment.
Ffarquhar is the top station of Thomas' branchline. The engine and carriage sheds are located here, as well as a line leading to Anopha Quarry. No engines are allowed on that line, except Mavis and Toby.
Ffarquhar station was built as an extension of Thomas' branch line from Hackenbeck, to provide an outlet for the stone from the Quarry at Anopha Fell.
In earlier books, Ffarquhar looked considerably different to the later version familiar to readers. Wilbert Awdry explained this away in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways in the form of a letter by Mr. Kevin Volley, former stationmaster at Ffarquhar, as being the result of errors by the artist.
Tom Tipper the postman brings mail to the station for Percy to take to Knapford. It is also a designated stop for Bertie.
Ffarquhar Road is a station on the Arlesdale Railway and the former Mid Sodor Railway. In the heyday of the latter, the station had a platform and a shelter made from granite from a nearby quarry.
Ffarquhar Road was the Mid Sodor Railway's former site for the engine sheds and main goods yard.
Ffarquhar Sheds is a shed at Ffarquhar.
When Thomas was given his branchline a small shed was built for him at Hackenbeck. After the top station was moved to Ffarquhar the shed was demolished and rebuilt at Ffarquhar.
Ffarquhar Shed began as a red-brick single shed built for Thomas, but when the Fat Controller bought Toby and Henrietta from East Anglia to Sodor a new white-brick shed and the carriage shed were added. The shed remained so until Percy left Tidmouth to work at the harbour, when the white-brick shed was given another line.
Fritum is a station located between Lakeside and Skarloey. It has extra engine sheds for visiting engines as there is no space at Crovan's Gate. It is in between some rather large hills and has some stunning views.
Glennock is a hamlet and the middle station of the Skarloey Railway.
Gob-y-Deighan - literally, "The Devil's Mouth" - is a Sudrian mountain two kilometres northwest of Ulfstead Road.
"Gordon's Hill" is the nickname of a steep hill between Wellsworth and Maron. It got its name after Gordon stalled there while pulling a goods train in 1922.
Over a distance of eight kilometres (five miles), the line climbs around a hundred metres (280 feet) to reach Maron, meaning a gradient of 1:75 and a severe test for engines on the North Western Railway.
"Bankers" are often required to help trains up the hill. They, however, run the risk of being chased by a runaway train - something Duck found out the hard way.
When the railway was first built, this stretch was made even more difficult by strong winds blown in by the sea. This was attempted to be countered by the planting of trees on either side of the line, but in autumn there can be the additional risk of slippery leaves on the line, as James once discovered.
Funnily enough, there is a real place in London called "Gordon Hill", but this is probably a coincidence.
Lift and load cargo, move grain, barrels, logs and more!
Great Waterton is an old town that Thomas discovered in The Great Discovery.
Great Waterton got its name from the fact that it served a water works, which supplied water for all the other towns on Sodor. When the very first steam engines came to Sodor, it was the island's main town. It was served by Sodor Tramways, which delivered the coal for the water works until the tramline was closed. The water works then closed down and many people moved away from Great Waterton. Great Waterton became lost until Thomas discovered it while finding another route to the Wharf. To celebrate Sodor Day, the Fat Controller decided to have the town restored, with all the engines on Sodor and the Sodor Construction Company involved in the project. Now, Great Waterton is beautiful again, as it once was: the town high in the mountains.
The water works consists of some large buildings which housed the steam pumping engines, as well as the standpipe tower which dwarfs all the buildings. Inside the water works, there have been two steam pumping engines with a large stationary boiler to provide steam pressure.
The standpipe tower has a huge iron pipe inside its structure; its purpose is to allow the steam pumping engines to pump the water up the standpipe and then, by gravity, the pressure inside the standpipe moves the water along the water mains towards all the other towns. Once the water works closed the standpipe tower fell into disrepair, and it was a huge undertaking to restore the standpipe - especially as Thomas' trick on Stanley caused the trucks to crash into it. Now the standpipe tower looks as good as new.
The water works is based upon the Kew Bridge Steam Museum in London, which is housed in a steam-driven pumping station, originally used for pumping clean water for all of London.
Hackenbeck is a small hamlet to the west of Ffarquhar, serviced by a halt on Thomas' branchline. Thomas once stuck in a snowdrift outside the nearby tunnel.
Mrs. Kyndley lives in a cottage near the tunnel.
Harwick is a Sudrian fishing town with a population of 5869 at the end of 1981. There is a lighthouse, lifeboat and coastguard, as well as a ferry service to Ramsey on the Isle of Man. It attracts tourists after peace and quiet.
There is a myth that Vikings planned to plunder Harwick during the sixth century, but were converted by St. Machan in awe of his fearlessness. It is most likely false - Vikings did not begin raiding Sodor until the eighth century.
On some maps of Sodor, a line has been shown running towards Loey Machan from Harwick's east. This is the only remainder of earlier railway proposals to connect Harwick with Cronk via Peel Godred. The line, however, had only reached the village of Cregwir before funds ran out. The line was used solely as a horse-drawn freight line between Cregwir's quarries and the port at Harwick. The line was later pulled for the war effort during World War II.
On at least two of the Reverend W. Awdry's early maps of Sodor, the aforementioned line is not shown; in its place is a short narrow gauge line from Harwick to Ballaswein, a few kilometres to the north. This line wasn't mentioned in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways in favour of the line to Cregwir. It is possible it was simply an idea Wilbert and his brother George played with but scrapped. However, the narrow gauge line later appeared on the map of Sodor featured in the endpapers of The Railway Series - The Complete Collection.
At any rate, there were plans to extend the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch line to Harwick, but nothing came of them.
Harwick Park is a park situated in Harwick.
Haultraugh is a seaside resort on Duck's branchline. The station is really an island platform with a line passing either side.
Dilly the duck lives here.
The Hawin Ab is a river which starts a kilometres south of Dubbyn Moar. It winds east past Peel Godred and down to the sea near Cronk.
The Hawin Croka is a stream which starts several hundred metres west of the Hawin Russagh. It then winds past Kellsthorpe, Kellsthorpe Road and Rolf's Castle before reaching the bay near Kirk Ronan.
The Hawin Doorey is a river which starts one kilometre north of Rheneas and flows to meet Ben Glas five kilometres southeast of Glennock.
The Hawin Ooyre is a stream which winds down from Loey Machan to Harwick.
The Hawin Russagh is a stream which starts two kilometres south of Ward Fell and winds past Balladrine, then southwest-west to Brendam Bay.
"Henry's Forest" is a forest on the main line. It received its nickname after Henry, who is known to frequent the forest. Once, a gale tore down roughly half the trees, leaving much of the underlying hills bare. This created a bleak landscape, depressing engines and people alike. The Fat Controller purchased replacement trees from a plant nursery, and now the forest is greener and livelier than ever before.
Henry's Tunnel is the nickname given to the tunnel near Ballahoo. It got its name after Henry was abandoned there in 1922, claiming he didn't want the rain to spoil his "lovely green paint with red stripes".
Henry's Tunnel was originally single-bored - until Henry was bricked up inside it and a second tunnel was bored alongside. Since then, Henry's Tunnel has two tunnels.
Hill Farm is where Alice lives. It is located on the Hill Farm branchline, and probably has a halt for engines to stop at.
Hill Farm branch line
The Hill Farm branch line starts at Maron where it is connected with the mainline. From there, it goes up into the hills along a zig-zag route until it reaches Hill Farm.
Hillside Mill is a small flour mill situated up in the hills of Sodor, which is accessible by rail.
Island of Sodor
The Island of Sodor is a fictional island where the Railway Series and the television series is set. It is located between England and the real Isle of Man.
About half of the island is cultivated. Oats, barley and turnips are major crops. Fishing is important too - the Tidmouth kipper is a prized dish at breakfasts both far and wide. Lead, zinc and silver is mined, and the island stone has excellent weather-resisting properties. Although the native language, Sudric, is dying out, the rugged and beautiful scenery, and the fishing, particularly in the mountain lakes, attract holidaymakers from all parts. Bauxite is mined at Peel Godred by the British Aluminium Company. As this process requires a huge amount of electricity, a hydroelectric power station was opened nearby in 1923. Tidmouth now contributes to the country's revenues by being an excellent port, owned by the North Western Railway. Many travelling to Douglas or Belfast embark there rather than Liverpool or Fleetwood.
The standard history of Sodor is Canon Creswick's "History of Sodor", written in four volumes (Chatter and Windows, Suddery, 1899-1912). Its size makes it appear difficult, but the combination of subtle humour and lightness of touch makes up for this. It was written at Cronk Abbey.
The Romans did not bother with Sodor. They saw it from their camp at Lancaster and made a landing at what is now Ballahoo, but were driven off. The inhabitants gave no trouble after that and were left alone.
An Irish missionary named Luoc proved to be more successful. He and some companions set out for Man in coracles, but Luoc fell asleep, was blown off course and ended up on the shore in Suddery bay. The locals treated him well and he built a "keeill". He preached to the locals, and a church, nowadays known as Suddery Cathedral, was built on the site. He is remembered in the city’s motto and coat of arms, the latter of which shows him as a bishop, standing in a coracle holding a crosier. Suddery later became the ancient capital of Sodor. The island was Christianised by men of the "Iona School", who arrived on Sodor at different times during the sixth century and settled in the south. One of them, St. Machan, settled in a cave near Culdee Fell, in the north. People came from far around to be baptised in the nearby lake, named Loey Machan, or "Machan's Lake" in his honour. St. Machan has since been named the patron saint of Sodor.
Godred MacHarold (known in legend as King Orry or Starstrider), the younger son of Harold, the Danish king of Limerick, was King of Sodor and Man from 979 to 989. Seizing his chance after the defeat of the Norse at the hands of the Irish, he harried Wales, then landed on Man. There, he pointed to the stars reflected in the water and said to the locals "There is the path running from my county to this place. That is my road to fame and fortune." Godred gave Sodor and Man ten years of peace, and his reign is remembered as a golden age. In Sodor, he is remembered affectionately as King Orry.
Godred often fought off attempts by Earl Sigurd of Orkney to reclaim Man in 982 and Sodor in 984 at a ford near was is now Peel Godred (named after him), which has now been replaced by a bridge known as King Orry's Bridge. Sigurd was not captured during either of the battles and returned five years later. Godred and his two elder sons were killed in battle in Man, but his wife, daughter Gudrun and youngest son Harold escaped to Islay.
Sigurd fell at the battle of Clontarf in Ireland in 1014. His heir, Thorfinn, was an infant the time, and so Harold took his chance and claimed Sodor and Man, ruling for twenty years before Thorfinn drove him out. Harold's son was killed in battle, but Harold escaped to Iceland, where he married again in 1044. A son, Godred Crovan, was born in 1045. Harold died in an affray in 1047.
Ogmund, born in Iceland in 1045, was the son of Sigurd of Cronk and his wife Helga. They returned from Iceland with young Godred Crovan and his mother Gerda. The two boys were bought up together, and later as stepbrothers - after Helga's death, Sigurd married Gerda. Sigurd was the leading man in Sodor by the time of his death in 1063, and Ogmund succeeded him.
By the time Thorfinn's grip on power was loosening, Godred had set about regaining his father’s former kingdom, leaving Ogmund in Sodor. Ogmund meanwhile welcomed Thorkell of Norwich to Sodor and settled his men around the island, squeezing the last of Fingall's soldiers from the island. With Sodor secure, Godred completed his goal of conquering the Isles, Dublin and finally Man at the battle of Sky Hill in 1079. Ogmund sadly fell in the battle.
After two - unprovoked - invasions, the Sudrians began to regard the Normans as archenemies. After Godred Crovan's death, the regency of Dublin decided to send Olaf, Godred's heir, to be brought up in the court of King Henry I. Sudrians took a poor view of this, however, and decided to break away. The move was approved by Magnus Barford, King of Norway, whose fleet, deployed in the area, was enough to prevent any reprisals from Dublin.
Sigmund was elected first king of an independent Sodor. He was crowned at Peel Godred, but chose to make Cronk his capital. He reigned until 1116, and was succeeded by his son Gunnar. Sigmund's descendants reigned for around 160 years until King Andreas and Prince Peter were killed in battle in 1263. Peter left no heir, so the Scots claimed Sodor and invaded. The Sudrians fought them off, but the Scots were one of Sodor's predatory neighbours who had designs on the island. The next 140 years are known as the Regency or Resistance. With the possibility of Scottish attack, a successor with ability rather than royal descent was needed. This came in the form of Sir Harold Marown. His claim to the throne was weak, though, and was only worth a regency.
Later in 1263, Alexander III claimed Sodor and in 1267 bought Man from its last king. With the power struggle between England and Scotland that started in 1290, the land changed hands many times, depending on who had the upper hand at the time.
Eventually, Edward III annexed them in 1333 and gave them to the Monatacutes, who, fifty years later, sold them to William le Scrope. Henry IV had Scrope beheaded in 1399 and gave the islands to the Percy family. Sodor's annexation did not imply possession of occupation, but that many a time the new owners had a large rebellion on their hands, with locals retreating to the hills and often attacking the area between Brendam, Cronk and Rolf's Castle, which was usually occupied.
After a rebellion in 1404, Henry IV gave Man to the Stanley family. Sudrians had never acknowledged the Percys, and took great delight in sacking them under the leadership of their regent, Sir Arnold de Normanby. Sir Peter de Rigby was Henry IV's commander, and during the campaign he and de Normanby developed a considerable liking and respect for one other.
Upon de Normanby's surrender of Sodor and his regency, Henry showed wisdom and returned its government to de Normanby and the Abbot of Cronk. Some Sudrians were a little reluctant to accept the new order, but Henry created de Normanby Earl of Sodor, showing Sudrians he respected their former regent whilst bringing the resistance to an end and attaching Sodor to the English Crown.
Michael Colden, Abbot of Cronk, and Sir Geoffrey Regaby had thought about the possibility of the reformation and both thought it wrong for people to be harassed or persecuted. They were also aware of King Henry's wishes and of Cromwell's thievish plans, and were determined to ensure that the Abbey revenues were kept for the Church and Sodor, not wasted. To this period - 1540 onwards - many churches and schools were built on the island where they were most needed, and in many of these the former brethren of the Abbey found employment. Their policy of "no pressure" ensured that during the reign of Edward VI relations between Roman Catholics and the Church of England were good, and the Roman Catholic reaction, which swept swiftly through England during Queen Mary's reign, hardly touched Sodor. Colden died in 1565, but his policy was continued by Timothy Smeale, allowing Roman Catholics to worship at their churches. It was in 1570 - when Pope Pius Bull excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I - that some reluctantly felt that they must be recusants, and worship separately. They made it understood that, while on the subject of religion they could not accept Queen Elizabeth as Head of the Church, this did not waver their loyalty to her. By 1600, most of the people of this generation had died and as children leant towards the Church of England there remained no ill feeling.
The Earldom was destroyed by Attainder in 1715; but in 1873, Queen Victoria responded to popular petition and restored John Arnold Norramby to the Earldom of Sodor and estates of Ulfstead Castle. The earls of Sodor are active on the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster, but as there is no Duke of Lancaster the Earl is referred to as a Duke by Sudrians.
The next major chapter in Sodor's history was the coming of the railways, which began with a railway from Ward Fell to Balladswail, opened in 1806. The further rail investment in the island, such as the building of the North Western Railway during 1914 and 1915, later led to the island's growth and prosperity as a tourist area and for the local industries.
A government-funded joining of the Island's standard gauge railways occurred in 1914. The railways concerned were the Sodor and Mainland, the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge, the Wellsworth and Suddery. In 1948, it became the North Western Region of British Railways, but this term was never used as the railway kept its operating independence. With Privatisation in the early 1990s, it officially became the North Western Railway.
Kellaby is a village about nine kilometres west of Kellsthorpe.
Kellsthorpe is a town on Sodor. Unfortunately for its residents, the nearest station, Kellsthorpe Road, is several kilometres away.
Kellsthorpe Road is the junction of the Kirk Ronan branch. It is - inconveniently - located several kilometres away from both Kellsthorpe and Rolf's Castle.
Killaban is a town about five kilometres west of Cronk.
Killdane (previously Keeill-y-Deighan, or the "Church of the Devil", originating from the circle of standing stones on the plateau above the village) is a town and the junction for the Peel Godred branchline. An hourly (half-hourly at peak times) service is provided, and four passenger trains are pulled along the branch from here by electric locomotives daily.
In 1967, a ballast processing plant and distribution centre was set up by the Arlesdale Ballast and Granite Company. A motorail terminal was also opened here in 1977.
King Orry's Bridge
King Orry's Bridge crosses the River Ab, to the south of Peel Godred. It was built during the Middle Ages and named after Godred MacHarold, who was known in Sudrian legend as "King Orry" and won a famous victory nearby. These days, road traffic uses a bridge alongside, and King Orry's Bridge is in the care of the Sodor Island Trust.
The Mid Sodor Railway built its top station here after abandoning plans to build a station in Peel Godred.
Kirk Machan (Sudric for Machan's Church) is a village at the foot of Culdee Fell that was built around an eleventh century church dedicated to St. Machan, an Irish monk who lived in a cave near Culdee Fell.
The station at Kirk Machan is on the Peel Godred branch. It is also the headquarters of the Culdee Fell Railway and the site of the sheds and maintenance depot. A passing loop and exchange siding are to the north, where the railway's rolling stock can be transferred to standard gauge wagons for the journey to Crovan's Gate.
The station, owned by the Culdee Fell Railway, was opened in 1900. Trains from the Peel Godred branch stop at the eastern platform and must pay rent. It is not staffed in winter, as the Culdee Fell Railway is closed during those months.
Kirk Ronan, named after the ancient missionary St. Ronan, is a station on the North Western Railway and previously the terminus of the Sodor and Mainland Railway. It developed from a fishing port into a town after the railway was established.
Gordon went on a trial run there after construction had been completed.
Later, at the grand opening, his brakes malfunctioned and he ran through the buffers, causing major damage to both himself and the station wall. The wall was soon repaired, and, as an extra adjustment, a custom-made hole was made in the wall where Gordon crashed, named "Gordon's View" and intended as a panoramic view for Gordon.
In 1865, the Sodor and Mainland was extended to Kirk Ronan, and made plans to start operating a steamer service to Dublin. This failed, but ore from Crovan's Gate was transported there for shipment.
Sailings to Dublin ran daily during 1920 to 1925, which worried the LMS, but part of an agreement with the North Western Railway in 1925 meant that the service could only operate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Skarloey was unloaded from a ship at the harbor here.
Knapford is a small town on the River Els Estuary, south of Tidmouth, with a population of 2000. It is known for its farming, fishing and fowling.
The present passenger station, Knapford Junction, is the third one built in the town, and was built in 1956 when the harbour development scheme was launched due to congestion at Tidmouth Docks. The station serves as the junction of the mainline and Thomas' branchline. There is also a freight-only station at Knapford Harbour, where Percy went to sea after asking his trucks to push him past a warning board and where Bulstrode nearly drowned in a nasty accident with some stone trucks.
The harbour line from Elsbridge to Knapford was opened in 1885 and used horse-pulled wagons. In 1905, A. W. Dry and Co. extended the line to Tidmouth with a road-side tramway using "Coffee Pots" engines. Although the line was destroyed by a gale three years later, the "coffee-pot" engines remained, even after the formation of the North Western Railway.
In 1912, the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway joined with the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway and a connecting line was built from Knapford to Crosby. When the North Western Railway opened, a bay platform was opened at Knapford for the line to Elsbridge.
The lead mines at Toryreck closed in 1930, but opportunities of stone traffic from Ffarquhar opened and the line to Elsbridge was extended. In 1956, the improvement scheme of the harbour at Knapford was started, the branch was rebuilt on an easier gradient and the stations were moved north of the river. The first line is now used for goods. Knapford is useful as a harbour, but not ideal, which is why the Arlesburgh branch was reopened in 1966.
The Knapford station is the fourth one, built in the town in 1984. It has two platforms, a glass roof, and about eight trains a day.
Several maps show the main line terminating at the junction, though some books mention that the terminus is Tidmouth. What's more, Knapford appears to be the larger than Tidmouth, whereas the Reverend W. Awdry stated in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways that it is smaller than Tidmouth.
The name comes from the parish of Knapwell, where the Reverend W. Awdry was vicar.
Knapford Covered Bridge
Travel through the Knapford Covered Bridge. The Knapford Covered Bridge takes little engineers up, over and through.
Knapford Sheds is an eight-road shed situated somewhere in Knapford Yards. Emily, Arthur and Murdoch were first based here. The shed also consists of a repair shed and a foundry. Thomas had to stay at Knapford Sheds with Emily after Tidmouth Sheds were demolished to make way for the new sheds.
Knapford Yards, also known as the shunting yards, is a yard at Knapford. It consists of plenty of sidings for trucks and a carriage shed. Also, it has a high-level section of track, although its purpose is unknown.
Lakeside is a station in the harbour down by the lake, where Peter Sam left the Refreshment Lady behind. The Refreshment Lady's tea shop is located here.
This lifting bridge has solid brick pilings, green steel beam bridge railings, and a simple winding mechanism (driven by a hidden string pulley) for raising the bridge deck. Since a section of rail line goes underneath, this can't be for allowing the passage of tall-masted yachts, but it would be ideal if Percy was towing a truck containing an upended dog biscuit. It also has a control tower and two swinging stop sign barriers. Two stop signs keep trains off the bridge while it's raised.
Lower Arlesburgh was a station on Toby's old tramway. It is the station that Toby first met Sir Topham Hatt and his grandchildren on holiday.
Lower Tidmouth is a station on the main line.
Maithwaite is a station on Thomas' branchline. The location of the station is quite a mystery. It started out as a small station on Thomas' branchline. But since 1998, it became a station on the mainline. Sometimes, it is situated between Knapford and Tidmouth, and other times, it is situated between Gordon's Hill and Kellsthorpe.
The village of Maron is divided into two areas. The modern village has grown up around the station at the summit of Gordon's Hill, while older buildings are built onto the steep hillside in terraces.
The station is a compulsory stop for all "down", unfitted or loosely-coupled goods to "pin down" brakes. Bankers, after assisting "up" trains, reverse over the points at the station onto the "down" line for the run back to Wellsworth.
Marthwaite is a station.
It previously served the Mid Sodor Railway and is now a halt on the Arlesdale Railway. A branchline leading to a granite quarry about 1.5 miles away (1.8 kilometers) came off the station's goods loop.
The Maura is a river which starts four kilometres north of Gordon's Hill and winds down to the sea near Suddery.
McColl Farm, also known as Farmer McColl's Farm and Farmer McColls, is the farm owned and operated by Farmer McColl, situated at Ulfstead on Thomas' branchline.
McColl Farm sells many products, some of which goes to shops on Sodor and to towns on the Mainland:
- Milk (to Sodor Dairy)
Misty Island is an island near Sodor. Thomas gets lost here after the chain attaching his raft to the tugboat pulling him breaks.
Misty Valley is a valley on a branchline. Cyril, a resident of the valley, was employed as a fogman until the Fat Controller acquired an electronic foghorn to warn the engines of landslides. The foghorn actually ended up creating one, derailing Thomas and almost destroying Toby after he nearly crashed into Thomas' train, but luckily Cyril had laid some detonators to warn Toby.
Thomas planned to take the storyteller to Misty Valley, which was mentioned to be rumoured to be home to several magical creatures, but ended up having to take a detour to rescue Percy from a flooded river.
Misty Valley also was implyed that it is part of a branchline that connects at both ends onto the main line.
Castle Loch resides in a part of Misty Valley.
Misty Valley branchline
The Misty Valley branchline links Castle Loch with the Peel Godred branchline. This is where the Sodor Suspension Bridge is situated and Cyril the fogman lives. This line is one of Donald and Douglas' favourite routes.
Thomas ran through Morgan's Mine briefly before falling into a flooded shaft in The Great Discovery.
At the Mountain Overpass, roadway vehicles climb over the mountain bridge and trains pass through the tunnel. This exciting road and rail overpass are all activated by passing vehicles!
The Mountain Tunnel is striking. It's the largest bridge, and tunnel combination in the line, and boasts of three levels of play. The first is a tunnel, which is on the ground level. The second is a tunnel crossing at mid-level, and it connects to Ascending Tracks on both sides. The highest level is the mountain bridge that runs perpendicular to the tunnels, and crosses over them at the top.
Mountain Village Station
Mountain Village Station is a station situated in the mountains on the Skarloey Railway.
The village gets very cold in the winter, so the Skarloey Railway engines have to bring lots of coal to the village every year. If extra coal is needed, the North Western Railway delivers coal to the wharf, where the Skarloey Railway collects it and brings it to the village.
Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory
Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory is a fictitious company on Sodor. It is run and owned by Mr. Jolly.
Mr. Percival's house
Mr. Percival's House is the residence of Mr. Percival, his wife, and his two children.
The house is located opposite the Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds.
Mrs. Kyndley's cottage
Mrs. Kyndley's cottage is a house situated on Thomas' branch line near Hackenbeck.
Norramby (alternatively Normanby) is a beautiful seaside town on the south-eastern coast of Sodor.
The name originates from the only Norman invasion in the history of Sodor, which landed here. It was routed by Godred Crovan into a pass leading to Sodor's interior (that pass is now called Crovan's Gate), and the Normans retreated to the bay where they had landed to discover that their ships had been set alight by another party of Sudrians.
The Dukes of Sodor are all from the Norramby family, which was named after the town.
Norammby Beach is a beach on the Island of Sodor. Children play here, and with it's beautiful sands and the blue sea, it is a lovely and popular attraction for holidaymakers. There are sometimes donkey rides along the beach.
The Oil Derrick is a giant oil derrick.
The Sodor Oil Company pumps out barrels of oil from beneath the surface of Sodor. Thomas and his friends happily transport the oil about the island. With oil bubbling underground then bursting out the top, there’s always something coming up at the Oil Derrick.
Peel Godred is a walled town and the terminus for the Peel Godred branch. It is also the main depot for the "Sodor Regiment".
Two kilometres north is the Sodor Aluminium Company, where Stuart and Falcon worked for several years after the Mid Sodor Railway closed in 1947. Alumna is brought there from Tidmouth, and the finished ingots of aluminium are taken to the mainland. The company brings valuable employment and income for the area.
Next to the Sodor Aluminium Company is a hydro-electric dam.
In the late 1800s, the Sodor and Mainland Railway promised to build an extension to the town, but as the railway steadily became bankrupt the eventuality of a branch shrank, and some a group from the town entered an agreement with some mine owners at Cas-ny-Hawin to create a line to Peel Godred. The group ran out of funding before the line could reach the town. After the North Western Railway created a branchline to Peel Godred in the 1930s, the line, which was named the Mid Sodor Railway, declined and finally closed in 1947.
Pirate's Cove is situated along the coast near Brendam. Centuries ago, pirates buried their treasure inside the caves after their voyages to Sodor.
The Sodor Maritime Museum is located nearby.
Proteus' statue was made in honor of the engine it was named after. It was lost for many years, but was found again by Peter Sam. The statue is now in a park near the Skarloey Railway.
Quarry Mine Tunnel
Engines disapper into coal mine tunnel and magically reappear through a secred door! Door swings open when engine appears after decending the tunnel.
The Reagh is a stream which starts four kilometres southwest of Ulfstead and winds down to the sea near Wellsworth.
Rheneas is a station and waterfall on the Skarloey Railway. Translated from the ancient Sudric language, it means "Divided Waterfall".
The River Arle is a river in Arlesdale.
The River Els is the river where Thomas went fishing.
Rolf's Castle is a small town and station on the main line. The castle there began as a foftified church.
Bluebell the cow once strayed onto a nearby bridge, delaying Gordon and Henry.
Rolf's Castle Bridge
Thomas and his friends visit Rolf's Castle! Dare to raise the gate, cross the moat, and duck through the swinging door. A journey to Rolf's Castle Bridge in the hills of Sodor is always a fun and exciting adventure!
Rolling River Bridge
The Rolling River Bridge is an old bridge, situated down the line from the Transfer Yards. Duncan told Thomas that the bridge is a "short-cut" to the wharf. However, Thomas was quick to realise that the bridge was very old as he went across it and it began to collapse under his weight. Luckily, Thomas managed to get off the bridge, as it collapsed into the deep ravine. It is unknown what happened to the bridge after it collapsed.
Every night the engines retire to the roundhouse at the end of a long, hard day of work.
Rumblin is a station on the Skarloey Railway near Whispering Waterfall.
Sawmill with Dumping Depot
Thomas and his many friends will enjoy making endless deliveries to the sawmill and operating the buzzing saw and spring action loader that split the special logs.
The Seaside Halt is a small station on Thomas' branchline, situated between Bluff's Cove Junction and Bluff's Cove. The main structure of the station is mainly wood. Originally, there was a set of buffers on the track nearest to the beach, but since 2005, the buffers were removed and the track was extended. It is located near Neptune's Refreshments, which for some reason moved from Lakeside.
Shake Shake Bridge
Shake Shake Bridge is a bridge.
Shane Dooiney is the name of a Sudrian mountain near Shen Ven. Shane Dooiney is named after it.
Shen Valley is a valley. Thomas once took the Fat controller for a picnic here but the grass was muddy.
Shen Ven is a Sudrian mountain located between the Skarloey Railway and the Peel Godred branchline.
Single Stone Tunnel
Little engineers can take Thomas and Friends through the colour Single Stone Tunnel time and again on their way to new adventures.
Skarloey is a station and lake on the Skarloey Railway, famous for its nearby springs. In 1965, the Duke of Sodor officially opened a loopline going around the lake. This was mainly paid for by the selling of several mines at Ward Fell to the Ministry of Defence.
Translated from the ancient Sudric language, it means "Lake in the Woods".
Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds
Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds is where the locomotives and rolling stock of the Skarloey Railway live.
When the Skarloey Railway was under construction in 1865, a small engine shed and a carriage shed was being built by the wharf at Crovan's Gate.
Originally, the engine shed was a brick-structure with a single road. However, when Peter Sam and Sir Handel were purchased, an open-side shed was added to make it into a two-road shed. Later, a second track was added to the brick part of the shed, making it a three-road shed.
In 1995, the wooden part of the shed was rebuilt with two tracks instead of one. However, in 1998, a narrow gauge engine shed was rebuilt at the Quarry, which was eventually closed down due to a big boulder.
Since 2002, the engine sheds consists of three double-road sheds joined together with a double-road shed. These sheds are situated opposite Mr. Percival's house. They are also referred to as 'the depot'.
Skarloey Road is a station on the Culdee Fell Railway.
The Sling Bridge raises and lowers to allow control of the railways and make sure all engines are putting in a useful day of work.
The Sodor Airfield is a first airport on Sodor located at Dryaw Field.
Sodor Airport is a recently constructed airport on the Island of Sodor. It originally replaced Dryaw Airfield as the main air transport depot, and is home to Jeremy.
Sodor Bakery is responsible for making the bread and buns, using the flour from the Sodor Flour Mill.
Sodor Bay Bridge
Over 3 feet long with bright blue tressles, the Sodor Bay Bridge lets Thomas and his friends cross large bodies of water! Can be used as a single or double span bridge. Frighteningly high above a deep ravine, Thomas the Tank Engine peers over the edge, wondering how he will get to the station on time. He's saved only by the immediate construction of a bridge that gets him clickity-clacking across in no time.
Sodor Cargo Crane
Lifting and hauling cargo is important work. Thomas is quick to deliver and pick-up cargo thanks to the Sodor Cargo Crane.
Sodor Cement Works
Sodor Cement Works is a place where Fergus works.
Sodor Dairy is one of the industries alongside Thomas' branchline. Milk is delivered there every morning from Ffarquhar. Originally, Thomas took the milk with his first train, but eventually, this job was given to Percy and Daisy. The Dairy is also where Wilbert accidentally filled up his water tank with milk!
Sodor Dairy not only makes milk but cheese as well. The stinky Sodor Cheeses are the most famous products made there.
Sodor Engine Wash
A train must look his best at all times! Foam grips automatically pull engines through the Engine Washer.
Sodor Fire Department
The Sodor Fire Department clears the smoke and keeps Thomas and his friends out of the heat. Though the trains rarely have to stop at it, it’s good to know the Fire Station is always there. Even when the engines don’t know who started the fire, they know who will stop it – the Sodor Fire Crew.
Deluxe Fire Station has everything needed to put out a fire. When the alarm sounds, the lights begin to flash, and the fire trucks rush out the gate. The Water Tower assures the trucks will never leave the fire station empty.
Sodor Flour Mill
The Sodor Flour Mill was started as a small flour mill, but due to increasing demand, it expanded its operations with more buildings and the erection of flour chutes above the rails. This meant that the flour was loaded up straight into the trucks instead of being carefully packed into sacks prior to being loaded into the trucks.
A house with a corn or flour mill, a blue roof and 2 white fences.
Sodor Ice Cream Factory
Sodor Ice Cream Factory is where all the variety of delicious ice-creams are made. It's most popular brands are strawberry ice-cream, raspberry syrup ice-cream, chocolate ice-cream and vanilla ice-cream.
The Sodor Ironworks, also known as the Smelters, is a company serving Sodor. The Ironworks is a huge foundry where scrap iron is delivered to be melted down to become molten iron. The site consists of alot of sidings and a turntable as well as heaps of twisted scrap metal and steam engines for scrap. The steam engines find the Ironworks very scary, especially in the dark, when fizzling sparks fall from huge ladles full of molten iron, and shadows move around.
Sodor Log Loader
For Henry and his Forest Log Truck, the Sodor Wood Company is an important stop for gathering logs on their next run. The Sodor Log Loader features an opening in the back of the building for logs, and one of three logs will drop onto the Log Truck.
Sodor Martime Museum
The Sodor Maritime Museum is located in Pirate's Cove.
The Sodor Museum is a museum about the history of Sodor. It was opened to the public.
It is unknown where the museum is located on the Island of Sodor.
Sodor Pudding Factory
The Sodor Pudding Factory is a factory.
Situated at the top of a very steep hill and only accessible by road, the Sodor Pudding Factory makes all the Christmas Puddings, which are sold to shops in towns on Sodor and even sold to towns on the Mainland. Elizabeth once collected Christmas Puddings from the factory, but ended up in the snow due to the icy roads.
Sodor River Bridge
The Sodor River Bridge was originally a girder bridge with stone pillars. However, during 2008, the Sodor River Bridge was dismantled and then rebuilt as a stone bridge with arches.
Sodor Scrap Yard
Sodor Scrap Yard visit the Scrap Yard for a smashing good time! Includes lorry and crushable scrap metal cargo.
Sodor Shipping Company
The Sodor Shipping Company based at Brendam Docks, where Cranky and Salty work, is a shipping company on Sodor.
Sodor Slate Quarry
Sodor Slate Quarry is the quarry where Mavis works.
Occasionally, Diesel, James, Toby, and Henry help out by shunting trucks of slate. Rocky sometimes works here as well.
The Sodor Steamworks is situated in between the mainline, which passes north and south of the site. It is the brand-new repair yard for the Fat Controller's Railway, where all the essential components for steam engines are made and heavy overhauls are carried out. The company's logo is a chimney with steam coming out surrounded by a large cog wheel, which can be found on their locomotives, rolling stock, vehicles and the staff's uniforms.
The site of the Steamworks consists of:
- Transfer Table with narrow gauge and standard gauge tracks
- Forge with a steam hammer
- Boiler Shop
- Machinery Area with Lathes
- Painting Area
- Hot-Air Blowers
- Locomotive Hoist
- Inspection Pit
- Assembly Area with standard gauge and narrow gauge railway lines.
- Storage Shed outside the Steamworks for Kevin and Victor to sleep at night.
Sodor Suspension Bridge
The Sodor Suspension Bridge is situated on the Scottish branch line, linking the Scottish Castle with the Peel Godred branchline. It collapsed during a terrible storm and it was mended in time for the summer holidays.
Sodor Toy Factory
Sodor Toy Factory is where the toys were made for the grand opening of the new toy shop at Knapford station.
Sodor Wishing Tree
The Sodor Wishing Tree is said to be the oldest tree on Sodor, even older than Edward, Sir Handel and Sir Topham Hatt. It is said that it grants wishes to those who make a wish on it.
Henry has an especial fondness for this tree.
Special Engine Shed
When the trains of Sodor Island are weary from a hard day on the tracks, they head for the comfort of their sheds for a good night's sleep.
The Statue of the Steam Team is a bronze statue, which is situated in a park close to Abbey station. It was especially made for the North Western Railway. The statue shows (from left to right):
- Sir Topham Hatt
Stop and Go Station
Between Thomas and all his friends, the Sodor Island train line can get mighty busy. The prudent young railway operator who wants to avoid accidents can look to this traffic regulating station to keep things running smoothly.
Suddery is a small town (claiming to be a city, having once been the seat of the Bishop of Sodor) and the capital of Sodor. Its motto is "Luoc Sodoris Lux", or, translated from Latin, "Luoc, the Light of Sodor".
Suddery was once a fortified town, with a castle being a late addition. The site was refortified in Napoleonic times, but its appearance has not been spoilt by the new additions, namely several batteries built then.
The suddery station has two platforms before the level crossing ended with the sidings and the goods shelters.
The North Western Railway's main line bypasses the town of Suddery as it climbs Gordon's Hill to the north, but there is a station serving the town on Edward's branchline.
Suddery Swing Bridge
Discover new bridge fun on Sodor with the Suddery Swing Bridge! This action-packed bridge rotates, and the gates magically rise to prevent engines from falling. Stop Signs automatically pop up to direct traffic. Bridge is designed to have engines travel above or below: two levels of action!
Summit Station is the top station of the Culdee Fell Railway. It is located at the summit of Culdee Fell. A hotel is nearby.
Lord Harry once came off at the summit, stranding Wilfred and his passengers.
The Coaling Plant
The Coaling Plant is a landmark.
Situated up the coast from Brendam, this is where all the steam engines collect their coal, all the coal trucks are kept and orders of coal are made here. It also has a Diesel refueling station.
One of the machines at the Coaling Plant is the Truck Hoist. This is where coal from the coal mines are unloaded from the trucks. It is dangerous for engines to go on it. However, Henry accidentally pushed Percy onto the Truck Hoist, though Percy later used it to hide from Thomas. Also, Toby was pushed by Diesel onto the Truck Hoist when the steam and Diesel engines were fighting each other.
The Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House
The Duke and Duchess of Boxford had a summer house built when they came on their second visit to the Island of Sodor. However, four years later, Spencer came back to Sodor to build a new summer house for them. But, due to Spencer being suspicious about Thomas, this summer house was nowhere near completion when his owners arrived for their holidays. However, thanks to Thomas, Spencer and Hiro, the new summer house was completed.
The summer house was originally situated close to a railway siding, whilst the new summer house is situated alongside the mainline. It is unknown what became of the original summer house.
The Fenlan Track
The Fenlan Track is a line that runs near the Fenlan Fields.
Asection of the bridge was damaged, and it couldn't carry Spencer's weight, causing the section to collapse beneath him. Later, Hiro and Rocky would come to his rescue.
The track was bumpy after the repairs, which caused the couplings between Thomas and his coaches to be shaken loose. Hiro suggests to Percy to take his ducks to the track so they could swim in the marsh.
The Lion of Sodor
The Lion of Sodor is a very famous statue that all the older engines remember. A long time ago it was broken and years later Thomas was sent to collect a new version of it. Thomas mistakes it for a real lion and tries to feed it. He then has to get it cleaned so he takes it to the wash-down and then to the steamworks. He then takes it back to Knapford, and the Mayor of Sodor gives a speech about it.
The Lumber Mill
The Lumber Mill is where trees are cut up into lumber to be put to good use.
The Power Station
The Power Station is responsible for producing all of the electricity on Sodor.
The Railway Works
The Railway Works, usually known as the Works, are where all the railway engines and rolling stock are serviced and repaired. The Works are situated at Crovan's Gate, opposite the Skarloey Railway.
The Works are located next-door to Tidmouth Sheds. Also, they are better known as the Repair Yard, the Fitter's Yard or the Menders.
However, it is unknown what is to become of the former site of the Railway Works.
The Search and Rescue Center
The Search and Rescue Center is the home to Harold, Rocky, and Captain.
It is made from special Jobi wood.
The Viaduct has a river run under it.
The Windmill is located beside Toby's Old Tramway.
The Works Engine Repair Shop
This is the perfect place to send an engine in need of repair. Peek through its see-through roof as the busy crew below prepares for another day. Doors open and close on both sides.
The dam runs across a river on Toby's line. During a flood, the river flooded, and the dam partially collapsed. Its collapse caused Toby to be swept downriver, narrowly avoiding a waterfall.
The goods station
The goods station is a station on Thomas' branchline. Unlike most stations, it is not for passengers. However, Thomas did pick up some children from the station when the school bus broke down
The elephant statue
For the opening of Elephant Park, the Fat Controller told Duncan to collect an elephant statue. Duncan, being Duncan, left without a brakevan and ended up running out of control. Duncan crashed near Elephant Park and the elephant statue flew into the park's pond. However, the elephant remains in the pond due to popular opinion.
The scrapyards have no definite location, but needless to say their mere presence has scared many engines. Remains of old steam locomotives are lined up everywhere, mostly "recycled" locomotives used for certain scenes.
There is a smaller scrapyard on Edward's branchline and another on the Other Railway where Oliver, Stepney and Toad were saved from scrap.
The wharf is an interchange station between the North Western and Skarloey Railways. It contains an enormous shunting yard, factories and warehouses, all located beside canals and rivers in which boats and barges deliver and take on cargo.
Colin the Crane lives here as well as many other wharfside cranes, including A.J.R No.1.
Tidmouth is a town situated on the River Tid Estuary, on Sodor's west coast. With a population of 35,000, it is the largest town on Sodor. It is home to the headquarters of the North Western Railway and the main line sheds.
The Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light Railway reached the town via a road-side tramway from Knapford, which was destroyed after a gale in the autumn of 1908. A treasury grant was obtained in 1910 and a tunnel was built. In 1916 the North Western Railway completed another tunnel, this time with an extra line, and Tidmouth's value as a harbour began to be used. The passenger station known as the "Big Station" in the books has four terminal lines and a "through" road leading to the Arlesburgh branchline, sheltered by a glass roof.
The Tidmouth station has four platforms, a glass roof, and about eight trains a day. It contains the Fat Controller's office, and is the station where HM Queen Elizabrth visited Sodor. Gordon also pulls his Express out from there every day. The local economy mainly comes from ship-building, fishing and heavy industry.
The town's motto is "Industry and Progress".
Tidmouth Covered Bridge
Travel under cover and above land in the elevated Tidmouth Covered Bridge.
Tidmouth Hault is a small station connecting Thomas' branchline with Duck's.
The sheds at Tidmouth are the main engine sheds on Sodor. Before 1970, it is shown as a shed with three or four rails leading in, but between 1970 and 1996 it was depicted as shed enclosing ten berths around a turntable. Since 1996, the sheds was rebuilt as a roundhouse enclosing eleven berths around a turntable with a turntable at the front.
The sheds were rebuilt with a new arcitechural style and an extra berth for Emily. Diesel, 'Arry and Bert were put in charge of building them, but Thomas, believing they were destroying it, sabotaged the three, meaning the engines had to sleep elsewhere until its repair.
Many events have taken place at the Sheds, such as the strike of the big engines and the confrontation between Duck, Diesel and the big engines.
Toll Brooth Bridge
Links road and track! Feature road on bottom and track on the bridge. Raise and lower arm to pass vehicles through.
Topham Hall is the mansion where Sir Topham and Lady Hatt live.
Topham Hall is situated somewhere on the outskirts of Wellsworth.
Toryreck is a village and station on Thomas' branchline. Here, a goods line to Knapford harbour splits from the branchline. The goods line was the original route to Knapford, but it was later realigned to service the harbour, with a new track from the main line joining the old one at Toryreck Junction, south of the station. The main branch joins the harbour line just to the west of the station. There is also a passing loop, which is rarely used.
Toryreck was A. W. Dry's headquarters during his company's plan to reclaim some of the surrounding valley from the sea, and was developed as a centre for lead mining. Although the lead veins have since ran out and were closed in 1930, the lines running there are still used, as the old workings are now mined for uranium.
There is also a dairy serviced by a station. Wilbert once accidentally took on milk after his crew confused the water pipe with the milk hosepipe.
the North Western Railway meets the Skarloey Railway at the Transfer Yards.
Vicarstown is a small town on the eastern side of Sodor.
The North Western Railway built their terminus and headquarters here in 1915, but after a 1925 agreement with the LMS Railway to allow NWR trains to stop in Barrow-in-Furness there was no further use required. A smaller replacement station was built for the engines operating the car ferry service, and the turntable was relocated at Barrow and the headquarters moved to the other end of the main line at Tidmouth.
The Vicarstown shed is a roundhouse with a turntable at the front, and five berths for the engines enclosed in shed. Before working his branchline, Thomas worked at the station as a pilot.
The name comes from the Reverend W. Awdry's time as an Anglican priest, and on maps of Sodor it replaces the real Vickerstown, a suburb of Barrow situated on the Isle of Walney.
Vicarstown Sheds is an engine shed with five berths. Built in the same architectural style of Tidmouth Sheds, this shed is where Gordon wouldn't turn around on the turntable, and later on, fell in a ditch.
Ward Fell is a Sudrian mountain. A plateway running from there to Balladswail was opened in 1806, which became the first railway on Sodor.
Thomas & Friends pass through the Waterfall Tunnel for a refreshing break. During the hot days of summer on the Island of Sodor, the engines put in a useful day of work in the heat and need a pass through the tunnel to cool off. Turn the knob to see the "water" flow! On other side watch trains pass through open mountain window.
Wellsworth lies near the coast at the northern end of a peninsula close to Suddery. Nearby is a large hospital which serves the majority of Sodor's inhabitants.
The station at Wellsworth (often called simply "Edward's station") is on the North Western Railway's main line and acts as a junction for the Brendam branchline. The express does not stop at Wellsworth, although it was once accidentally sent down the branch. The station is at the foot of Gordon's Hill on the main line, and as a result can be subject to runaway goods trains when the engine has not pinned down brakes. The station has a large goods yard and sheds, as well as sheds for Edward and BoCo, who operate the branchline.
The line from Brendam to Wellsworth is one of Sodor's oldest and was first known as the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway, which was later extended to Knapford in 1914 to connect with other railways to become the North Western Railway.
According to legend St. Tibba had a well dug here, hence the name.
Wellsworth Vicarage Orchard
Trevor lives at the Wellsworth Vicarage Orchard. Edward's branchline runs beside it. It has also said that it doesn't have enough work for Trevor sometimes.
Whiff's Waste Dump
Whiff's Waste Dump is run by Whiff and Scruff.
Whispering Waterfall is a waterfall on the Skarloey Railway.
A train wagon passes right under the windmill to be loaded and unloaded with barrels of flour with authentic barrel-loading actions.