History and Workings
The station was first opened to serve the nearby harbour in 1880. The North Western Railway extended the line to Arlesburgh in 1916, but after the Mid Sodor Railway was closed in 1947, both the station of Arlesburgh West and the branch line closed too. In 1967, the station was reopened, and since then, the ballast from the mines on the Arlesdale Railway has been brought down to the station for the standard gauge railway.
The station yard has an engine shed for the Little Western engines, a turntable for Donald and Douglas, and a ballast chute, where the ballast from the small engines' trucks was poured into the standard gauge trucks below.
The Arlesdale Railway also has their own steam engine shed, diesel engine shed, carriage shed, turntable and yard at the station. It had a single platform on the south at first, but it has been supplemented by another on the north side of the station. A wall behind its whole length was erected together with a platform canopy giving much needed shelter in blustery weather. There are also a cabin that not only house the point and signal levers controlling all movements int he station area, but also for the use of Traffic Control, and holds the Radio Transceiving apparatus necessary for this purpose.
Arlesburgh West first appeared in the Railway Series in the book, Small Railway Engines. Since then, it made numerous appearances in future Railway Series books until the final one, Thomas and his Friends. The station building's design contributed to the design of Callan station in the fourth season of the television series.
In the television series, Arlesburgh West first appeared in full CGI in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, and was often known as Arlesburgh Junction. The junction had some slight changes to the original location in the Railway Series, as the standard gauge engine shed, turntable and station were not included. Both the Little Western and Arlesdale lines run through a forest just outside the junction.
In the twentieth season, a footbridge was added for the standard gauge and minimum gauge platforms (like in the Railway Series) and a shed for the Arlesdale Railway engines. The station was referred to as Arlesburgh West again as well, however the bridge was removed in The Great Race since it was made before the twentieth season.
- The Arlesdale Railway's station Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway equivalent is Ravenglass.
- Wooden Railway (signal gantry; Pirate Cove Discovery set-exclusive)