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Crovan's Gate Works,

usually known as the Works, the Foundry or the Fitter's Yard, are where the railway engines and rolling stock are serviced and repaired. The Works are situated at Crovan's Gate, opposite the Skarloey Railway.

History

In 1915 the North Western Railway established its repair shops at Crovan's Gate. Since 1925 these shops have been expanded as required till, with the decline of steam on the Mainland, the Works are now equipped with machinery and craftsmen able to tackle any type of steam locomotive overhaul or rebuilding that may be needed. Sir Topham Hatt has been looking into the possibility of manufacturing parts for engines on heritage railways.

The Works Diesel is known to work here, and according to Donald, other diesels live here as well. 

Following Shane Dooiney's return from Switzerland in 1963, the Fat Controller saw to it that the Culdee Fell engines could be repaired here, ensuring expensive journeys overseas for the Culdee Fell locomotives are no longer necessary. In 1976, Jock's firebox, boiler and cylinders were fabricated here; the rest of him was built at Arlesburgh Works.

In the Television Series

In the third season, the Works appeared to be located next to Ffarquhar Sheds.

In the seventh season, the Works were located at Knapford Sheds and was commonly called the Foundry.

Between the eighth and twelth season, the Works were located next to Tidmouth Sheds. They were better known as the Repair Yard, the Fitter's Yard, or the Menders.

There was also a repair yard at the Shunting Yards.

However, with the introduction of the Sodor Steamworks, it is unknown what became of the former site of the Railway Works. Since rolling stock has been seen outside it throughout the CGI Series, it is probably now a carriage and wagon shed.

Trivia

  • According to the 1958 Railway Series map of Sodor, "Engines are made and repaired at Crovan's Gate". However, no known engines are documented as having been built there.

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