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The Sodor Steamworks, introduced in Hero of the Rails, is a large repair yard that specialises in steam engines. It is situated along the main line at Crovan's Gate. The Steamworks is accessible and used by the steam engines on both the North Western and Skarloey Railways. All of the essential components for steam locomotives are kept and made at the Steamworks. Heavy overhauls are also carried out here. Victor and Kevin both live and work here at the Sodor Steamworks. 

The company's logo consists of a chimney with steam coming out and is surrounded by a large cog wheel. Victor, Kevin, numerous rolling stock, vehicles and staff uniforms, all acquire this logo on their livery and appearance.

Equipment

Equipment at the Steamworks includes:

  • Transfer Table with dual gauge tracks.
  • Turntable
  • Foundry
  • 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.
  • Coal hopper on the side of the building.

Trivia

  • Whilst the feature-length special Hero of the Rails was being developed, David Eves came up with the creation of the Sodor Steamworks as one of his last contributions. The idea was luckily accepted by the writers and the new animators.
  • Although it is titled the Sodor Steamworks, diesel engines have been repaired there before.
  • In the fifteenth season, Henry got his "special coal" from the hopper here. However, it was confirmed in King of the Railway that Henry does not need "special coal" anymore, so it may just be a normal coal hopper now.
  • The Skarloey Railway connects with the Steamworks.
  • From the thirteenth season until the sixteenth season (excluding The Lion of Sodor, Tickled Pink and The Early Bird), the area around the transfer table was brown, but since King of the Railway, it has become grey again.
  • As of the eighteenth season, there are barriers at each berth of the Steamworks. In the latter half of the same season, the buffers near the turntable have been removed and the narrow-gauge track has been re-positioned by a few feet. The turntable itself also gains a second track, running perpendicular to the original. However, early storyboard artwork from the fifteenth season suggests that this may have been planned a lot earlier. However, in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, the buffers can be seen with no track leading to them.

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

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