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

1806

1810

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

1853

1864

1865

  • Skarloey arrives on Sodor.

1866

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

1870

1875

1879

1880

1883

1896

1897

1900

  • The Culdee Fell Railway is opened.
  • Godred is scrapped after a fall.

1901

  • The Culdee Fell Railway is re-opened after receiving further maintenance following the events of Godred's death.

1903

1904

  • City of Truro becomes the first engine to reach 100mph.

1911

1912

  • Stepney is rebuilt.

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 Topham Hatt II is born.

1915

1916

1917

  • The Peel Godred electric engines arrive on Sodor.

1921

  • Edward is rebuilt.

1922

  • Gordon arrives on Sodor.
  • 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

1924

1936

1939

  • Gordon is rebuilt.

1940

1941

  • Stephen Topham Hatt is born.

1943

  • Bridget Amanda Hatt is born.

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.
  • Thomas is given his own Branch Line.

1948

  • The North Western Railway becomes officially known as the "North Western Region of British Railways".
  • Bertie arrives on Sodor.
  • Terence arrives on Sodor.

1949

  • Henry, Gordon, and James go on strike.
  • Percy arrives on Sodor.

1950

  • Henry is overhauled.
  • Rheneas is overhauled.
  • Falcon and Stuart are sheeted.
  • Henry is rebuilt into an LMS Stanier Class 5 following his crash.

1951

  • Toby's tramway closes down.
  • Toby arrives on Sodor.
  • 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.

1952

1953

  • Trevor is purchased by the Vicar.
  • Edward is overhauled.

1955

1956

  • Sir Topham Hatt I dies.

1957

1958

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

1959

1961

  • Daisy arrives on Sodor.
  • The Peel Godred EMUs arrive on Sodor.

1962

  • Mavis arrives on Sodor.
  • Rheneas returns to the Skarloey Railway.
  • Lord Harry arrives on Sodor.
  • Alaric arrives on Sodor.
  • Eric arrives on Sodor.

1963

1964

1965

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

1966

1967

1968

  • 7101 arrives on Sodor.
  • Flying Scotsman visits Sodor.
  • 199 arrives on Sodor along with 7101, and is sent back after he fails on the level crossing.
  • 7101 is renamed "Bear" and renumbered D3.
  • Oliver, Isabel and Toad are rescued by Douglas and arrive on Sodor.
  • Dulcie, Alice and Mirabel are saved from scrap for service with Oliver and Duck.
  • S. C. Ruffey is scrapped.

1969

  • Bulgy arrives on Sodor.
  • Duke is discovered by Fergus Duncan, the Reverend W. Awdry and the Reverend Teddy Boston.

1976

  • Jock is built.
  • Bert is rebuilt with a larger boiler.

1980

  • Thomas is overhauled.

1983

1984

  • Annie and Clarabel are rebuilt.

1985

  • Blister I and Blister II arrive on Sodor.

1986

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

  • Wilbert visits Sodor.
  • Barry is rescued and arrives on Sodor.

1995

1996

1997

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

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.

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