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HenrysTunnelBarrow

The Ballahoo - Barrow stretch

KellsthorpeRoadCrovansGate

The Kellsthorpe Road - Crovan's Gate stretch

Mainline3

The Cronk - Killdane stretch

WellsworthMaron

The Wellsworth - Maron stretch

TidmouthCrosby

The Tidmouth - Crosby stretch

The North Western Railway Main Line travels from Barrow westward to Tidmouth through southern Sodor. It is approximately 80 miles long. 

Operations and stations

The main line starts from the English town of Barrow-in-Furness. Crossing over the rolling lift bridge across the Walney Channel, the line calls at Vicarstown before passing through Henry's Tunnel. After this, the junction to the Norramby Branch Line is reached. Also, after passing through the Ballahoo tunnels and going past the junction to the Norramby branch line, there is a line that branches off the main line leading to Great Waterton which is nestled in between Stepney's Branch Line and the main line.

After Vicarstown, the line calls at Crovan's Gate, home to the Works and the Skarloey Railway. After stopping here, the line travels to Kellsthorpe Road, junction to the Kirk Ronan Branch Line. The line afterwards reaches Killdane, junction to the Peel Godred Branch Line.

Cronk is next, and once leaving the station, trains cross a viaduct, and then arrive at Maron, junction to the Ulfstead Branch Line. Trains then descend Gordon's Hill and pull in at Wellsworth, the junction to Edward's Branch Line. Trains arrive at Crosby, pass through a mile-long tunnel, and then stop at Knapford, the junction to Thomas' Branch Line. The main line terminates at Tidmouth, home to the headquarters of the North Western Railway and the main line sheds. The junction to Duck's Branch Line is here as well. The main line carries several kinds of freight, including ballast, lead, zinc, silver, slate, bauxite, produce, building stones and fish, including the Tidmouth kipper, which is considered a delicacy. Tourism is a major part of the passenger traffic during the summer season, as Sodor has many beautiful lakes, mountains, and other beautiful scenery. The main passenger traffic is commutering, with either stopping trains that stop at all main line stations or the "Wild Nor' Wester", the railway's express, which stops only at the Works station before reaching the Other Railway.

Main Line loop

In the television series, there is a loop of the line between Maron and the Whispering Woods.

The line starts at Maron and then calls at Sodor Airport, the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, Killaban and Cabalnoo before returning to the main line at the Whispering Woods. A repair yard, Jem Cole's Yard, Sodor Grain Windmill, an abandoned mine, the Sodor Flour Mill and the Sodor Maritime Museum are also located along this line.

Engines

The line is staffed by Gordon, who usually pulls fast passenger trains, Henry and James, two mixed-traffic engines, and Bear (Railway series only), who assists with passenger duties. Donald and Douglas and the Works Diesel (Railway Series only) help out with shunting duties and goods trains. In the Railway Series, Pip and Emma take the "Wild Nor' Wester" from Sodor to London.

In the television series Emily and Murdoch also work on the line. Philip also works on the line at the shunting yards of Knapford. Victor works at the Steamworks on the line.

The Engines

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Gallery

Railway Series

Television Series

Main Line Loop

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