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“Please tell everyone that whatever happens elsewhere, Steam will still be at work here. We shall be glad to welcome all who want to see, and travel behind, real engines.”
The Fat Controller, Enterprising Engines
SodorrailwaysAmosWolfe

A map of Sodor's railway network in the style of Amos Wolfe

The North Western Railway (abbreviated as NWR) is the Fat Controller's Railway and the main standard gauge rail network on the Island of Sodor.

History

The railway was first created in 1914 after a government-funded joining of the Island of Sodor's standard gauge (4'8½") railways. The railways involved were the Sodor and Mainland, the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light and the Wellsworth and Suddery Railways. 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.

The railway's works are at Crovan's Gate. The NWR's headquarters were at first in Vicarstown, but were relocated, along with the main engines sheds, to Tidmouth in 1925.

The railway's motto is "Nil unquam simile", which, translated from Latin, means "There's nothing quite like it!"

Routes

In the television series, the railway also has the following lines:

The Fat Controller's Railway

The standard gauge railway on Sodor in the television series is affectionately known as The Fat Controller's Railway (US: Sir Topham Hatt's Railway). It is greatly expanded with many more engines. The railway's largest station (and presumed headquarters) is located at Knapford. Its railway works are the Sodor Steamworks, located at Crovan's Gate and the Vicarstown Dieselworks. Some merchandising and promotional material has referred to it as Sodor Railways. The Adventure Begins marked the first time the name North Western Railway was stated in the TV series.

The Engines

  • *Introduced in RWS, only works on NWR in TVS

Railway Series Only

Television Series Only

Trivia

Other

North Western Railway

* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped

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