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Tidmouth Sheds are the main engine sheds of the North Western Railway located at Tidmouth. In the Railway Series, it is shown as a shed with three or four rails leading in (the illustrations were inconsistent), but in later books it was depicted as a shed enclosing ten berths around a turntable. Many events have taken place at the sheds, such as the strike of the big engines and the confrontation between Duck, Diesel and the big engines.


In the television series, the sheds were replaced by a roundhouse with six berths and a turntable outside at the front. ThomasGordonJamesPercy and Emily generally sleep here, although other engines occasionally spend the night here. Edward, Henry and Duck formerly slept here. Duck stopped using these sheds around Season 8, while Edward and Henry left in Season 21 to make room for Nia and Rebecca. The sheds have appeared in every season and special of Thomas and Friends.

During the events of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, the left side of the sheds was being repaired due to upgrades to the railway. The sheds were later demolished and rebuilt in Calling All Engines! with a new architectural style and an extra berth for Emily. Diesel, 'Arry and Bert were put in charge of building them, but Thomas, believing they were destroying it, sabotaged the three, causing the engines to sleep elsewhere until it was repaired.

The turntable had frozen one time due to the icy weather and Gordon got trapped in the sheds until it was fixed. Later on, the steam team went on strike by refusing to leave the sheds until the Fat Controller was allowed to stay on Sodor, however it was just a misunderstanding as Sir Topham was never leaving.

Sometime later, James crashed into the back of the shed wall after having trouble with his brakes. A week later, the shed was repaired but Edward then chose to permanently move to Wellsworth Sheds.


Television Series


The sheds will appear in either the twenty-second season or Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie.


  • The new sheds from the later books were actually present since 1953, as in Thomas' Christmas Party it mentions the new engine shed and according to the Reverend W. Awdry they were the most accurate in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, indicating the old shed up until James and the Diesel Engines was inconsistent.
    • In the Railway Series, the turntable was located inside the shed and ash pits were underneath each berth.
  • Though the engines seeming use the berths at random, in some seasons/specials, the engines are mostly seen in the sheds in a particular order, with these orders (right to left) being:
    • In several episodes of the seventeenth season; the three big engines (Henry, Gordon and James) at the right side of the shed in a random order, Thomas and Percy in the middle and Emily and Edward at the left side of the shed.
    • In Tale of the Brave, Spencer's VIP, Helping Hiro and Philip to the Rescue, the order was; Edward, Henry, Emily, Gordon, James, Thomas and Percy, though Henry and Edward switched places in the latter episode.
    • From the twentieth to twenty-first season (excluding Three Steam Engines Gruff and Cranky at the End of the Line), the order was; Henry, Gordon, Edward, James, Thomas, Percy and Emily, though when Edward and Henry both moved out of Tidmouth, the order was still the same except that Rebecca was in Henry's berth and Nia was in Edward's.
  • Tidmouth Sheds has had numerous modifications throughout the years:
    • Seasons 1-12:
      • The track layout and yards around the shed constantly changed.
    • Season 3 (only):
      • The interior of the shed had than more nine berths while the outside had six in Oliver Owns Up, Percy, James and the Fruitful Day and Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure.
        • However, it had the normal six berths in Henry's Forest.
    • Thomas and the Magic Railroad:
      • The sheds appeared in a new taller architectural design.
    • Calling All Engines!:
      • The sheds were demolished and rebuilt with an extra berth, totalling seven.
      • The buffers in each berth disappeared.
      • The exterior lost its weathering.
    • Hero of the Rails:
      • A part of Tidmouth town was located behind the sheds.
      • In promotional images only, the buffers are present in the berths.
      • The track layout became consistent.
      • The exterior retrieved its weathering.
    • Season 17:
      • The town behind the sheds appear to shrink.
    • Season 19:
      • Partway through the season, the buffers actually returned to each berth.
    • Season 20:
      • The workmen's shed on the right side of the sheds was removed.
    • Season 21:
      • The town, wall and roads directly behind the sheds were moved right back.


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