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This is a timeline chronicling major events of the Railway Series.

19th Century

1806

1810

  • Plateway from Ward Fell to Balladwail is closed and torn up.

1853

1864

1865

1866

  • Dolgoch is built.
  • Skarloey has trailing wheels added to improve stability, and has a cab installed.

1870

1872

  • The Mid Sodor Railway Company is formed.

1875

1879

1880

1881

1896

1897

1899

20th Century

1900

1901

  • The Culdee Fell Railway is re-opened after receiving further maintenance following the events of Godred's death.
  • Sir Topham Hatt comes to Sodor.

1903

1904

  • City of Truro becomes the first engine to reach 100mph.
  • Falcon arrives on Sodor.

1906

1910

1911

1912

  • Stepney is rebuilt.

1913

1914

  • The North Western Railway is formed from the Sodor and Mainland, the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light and the Wellsworth and Suddery railways.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt is born.
  • Toby is built.

1915

1916

1917

1919

1920

1921

  • Edward is officially sold to the North Western Railway.
  • Mr. Hugh is born.

1922

  • Gordon is built.
  • Henry arrives on Sodor.
  • 98462 and 87546 arrive on Sodor and are shortly sent packing.
  • A second bore is cut for the Ballahoo tunnel after Henry stops in the original.

1923

  • Flying Scotsman is built.
  • The Peel Godred Power Company and the NWR planned to build a new branchline.
  • The Peel Godred electric engines arrive on Sodor.
  • Gordon arrives on Sodor.
  • James arrives on Sodor, and is overhauled.
  • Thomas is given his own Branch Line.
  • Sir Topham Hatt becomes General Manager of the North Western Railway.
  • Rex is built.

1924

1925

  • The NWR/LMS agreement.
  • The North Western Railway starts running to Barrow-in-Furness.
  • The Motive Power Depot and Administrative Headquarters are moved to Tidmouth.
  • The Crovan's Gate Works are expanded.
  • The Toryreck mines begin to decline.
  • Thomas' branch line is extended to Ffarquhar.

1927

  • Vicarstown Shed is closed.

1928

  • Stanley was turned into a pumping engine.

1929

1934

1935

  • Henry is sent for rebuilding to Crewe into an LMS Stanier Class 5 following his crash.
  • The Isle of Man steamers stopped arriving at Arlesburgh, so the traffic to Peel Godred is disappeared.

1936

  • Green Arrow is built.
  • Mr. Francis Duncan is born.
  • Sir Topham Hatt becomes from General Manager to Managing Director.
  • The mountain section of the Mid Sodor Railway is closed.
  • The Mid Sodor bogie saloon stock along with 3 of 6 engines are sold.

1937

  • Rheneas is overhauled.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt goes for railway service overseas.

1938

  • Barbara Jane marries Henry Regaby, Viscount Harwick.

1939

  • Gordon is rebuilt.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt returns from the railway service overseas.

1940

  • Christopher Awdry is born.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt marries Amanda, daughter of Mr Jabez Croarie of Ffarquhar.

1941

  • Sir Stephen Topham Hatt is born.

1943

  • Bridget Amanda Hatt is born.
  • Rheneas takes over majority of the workload on the Skarloey Railway.

1945

  • The first book of The Railway Series is published.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt spends a further period overseas again.
  • The MSR mines are closed one by one.

1946

  • The Cas-ny-Hawin mine is flooded.
  • Stanley is finally broke down.

1947

  • The Mid Sodor Railway and the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branches are closed.
  • Duke is sheeted and abandoned in a shed.
  • Falcon and Stuart are purchased by the aluminium works at Peel Godred for an expansion project.

1948

  • The North Western Railway becomes officially known as the "North Western Region of British Railways".
  • Roger Sam is born.
  • Sir Topham Hatt is created a Baronet on his appointment as Chairman of the Regional Executive, after Nationalisation.
  • The claybeds near Brendam are discovered.
  • Bill and Ben are built.

1951

  • Falcon and Stuart are sheeted.
  • Toby's tramway closes down.
  • Toby arrives on Sodor.

1952

  • Trevor is sent to be scrapped.
  • Trevor is purchased by the Vicar.
  • Edward is overhauled.
  • Rheneas is overhaul for a second time.
  • Stuart and Falcon are purchased by the Skarloey Railway and renamed "Peter Sam" and "Sir Handel" respectively.
  • Skarloey is overhauled.
  • Cora is purchased for the Skarloey Railway.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt returns to Sodor, to become Chief Mechanical Engineer at Crovan's Gate, and general assistant to his father.
  • Diesel is built.

1953

1954

  • Sir Topham Hatt II becomes the Fat Controller.

1955

1956

  • Sir Topham Hatt I dies.

1957

1958

  • Duncan arrives on Sodor.
  • Skarloey returns from being mended.
  • BBC producers make a documentary about the Skarloey Railway.
  • BoCo is built.

1959

1960

  • Daisy is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Thomas' running board is straightened.

1961

  • The Peel Godred EMUs arrive on Sodor.
  • Rheneas returns to the Skarloey Railway.

1962

1963

  • Stepney visits Sodor.
  • The Diesel visits Sodor.
  • Culdee returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • Lord Harry is renamed "Patrick".

1964

1965

  • Shane Dooiney returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • The one-hundredth anniversary of the Skarloey Railway is celebrated.
  • BoCo arrives on Sodor.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 20th anniversary.

1967

1969

1973

  • Bert is rebuilt with a larger boiler, a taller chimney, dome and cab.

1976

1980

  • Thomas is overhauled.

1982

1983

  • Duke is fully restored.

1984

  • Annie and Clarabel are rebuilt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt III becomes the Fat Controller.

1985

  • Skarloey is overhauled a second time.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 40th anniversary.

1986

  • Sir Handel is rebuilt.
  • The Reverend Teddy Boston dies.

1987

  • Mavis is involved in a collision with a lorry.
  • Bulstrode is turned into a children's playground on a beach.

1990

  • After Privatisation, the name "North Western Railway" becomes official.
  • Thomas is invited to a railway show in York.
  • Frank is re-engined.

1993

  • Henry is overhauled.

1994

1995

1996

1997

  • The Reverend W. Awdry dies.
  • Sir Topham Hatt II dies.

21st century

2002

  • Rheneas is overhauled a third time.

2005

  • The Railway Series celebrates its sixtieth anniversary.

2006

  • The manager of Anopha Quarry is visited by the police after Henrietta is booked for allowing workmen to ride on her balconies.

2007

2010

2011

  • Pip and Emma are purchased by the North Western Railway.
  • The North Western Railway celebrates the Reverend W. Awdry's 100th birthday.

2012

2014

  • The North Western Railway celebrates its 100th anniversary.

2015

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 70th anniversary

Unknown Dates

  • Early 1930s, before 1935
    • The big engines go on strike.
    • Percy arrives on Sodor.

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