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

19th Century

1806

1810

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

1822

  • John Arnold Norramby is born.

1829

1853

1854

  • Henry John Norramby is born.
  • Vere Awdry (Reverend W. Awdry's father) is born.

1864

1865

1866

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

1870

1872

  • Albert is built
  • The Mid Sodor Railway Company is formed.

1875

1877

1879

1880

1881

1882

1883

1884

  • Henrietta is built.
  • Topham Hatt is apprenticed at Swindon Works.

1885

  • Adams is built.
  • Cora is built for the Mid Sodor Railway.

1886

  • Frederick Regaby dies; Albert Regaby succeeds his Baronet.

1891

  • Albert is rebuilt.

1894

  • John Arnold Norramby dies.
  • Bert is built.

1896

1897

1900

20th Century

1901

  • The Culdee Fell Railway is re-opened after receiving further maintenance following the events of Godred's accident.
  • Sir Topham Hatt comes to Sodor.
  • The last of the Sodor and Mainland engines are scrapped.

1903

1904

  • City of Truro becomes one of the first engines to reach 100mph.
  • Falcon is built, arrives on Sodor and replaces a MSR locomotive who is then scrapped.

1905

1906

1908

1909

1910

1911

  • 15th June: The Reverend W. Awdry is born.
  • Barbara Jane, daughter of Sir Topham Hatt, is born.

1912

  • James is built.
  • Stepney is rebuilt.
  • The Tidmouth, Wellsworth and Suddery Railway is formed from the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway and the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway.
  • Margaret Emily Wale Awdry is born.

1913

  • Boxhill is restored.

1914

  • The North Western Railway is formed from the Sodor and Mainland Railway and the Tidmouth, Wellsworth and Suddery Railway.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt is born.
  • Toby is built.
  • World War I begins.

1915

  • The North Western Railway is built.
  • Albert Regaby becomes chairman of the North Western Railway.
  • Thomas is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Edward arrives on Sodor.
  • The Ballahoo tunnel is built.
  • The workshops at Crovan's Gate are established.
  • The North Western Railways' Motive Power Depot and Administrative Headquarters at Vicarstown are built.
  • The bridge over the Walney Channel is built.
  • Mr. Peter Sam is born.
  • Henry John Norramby dies.
  • Kevin Volley joins the North Western Railway as a lad/porter at Knapford.

1916

1917

1918

  • Robert Charles is born.
  • World War I ends.

1919

1920

  • Stuart is built, for work on the Mid Sodor Railway.
  • Gordon is started being built at Doncaster.
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth, Charles Laxey is born.
  • Sir Handel Brown marries Dorothy Lloyd.
  • Thomas is officially sold to the North Western Railway.
  • 16th April: Alan Pegler is born.

1921

  • Edward is officially sold to the North Western Railway.
  • Mr. Ivo Hugh is born.
  • Kevin Volley is promoted to porter.

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 North Western Railway planned to build a new branchline.
  • Gordon arrives on Sodor.
  • 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.

1926

1927

  • Vicarstown Sheds is closed.
  • Kevin Volley becomes booking clerk of Elsbridge.
  • The road bridge crossing River Els at Elsbridge is widened to accommodate more traffic.
  • Trevor is built.

1928

  • Stanley is turned into a pumping engine.
  • Duncan is built.
  • Vere Awdry dies.

1929

1932

1934

  • Oliver is built.
  • Terence is built.
  • Albert Regaby steps down from his position as NWR chairman.

1935

  • Henry is sent to be rebuilt at Crewe into an LMS Stanier Class 5 following his crash with the Flying Kipper.
  • The Isle of Man steamers stopped arriving at Arlesburgh, so the traffic to Peel Godred had stopped too.

1936

  • Green Arrow is built.
  • Mr. Fergus Duncan is born.
  • Sir Topham Hatt is promoted 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.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Ffarquhar.

1937

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

1938

  • Barbara Jane marries Henry Regaby, Viscount Harwick.
  • Mallard is built.
  • Mallard sets the world speed record for a steam engine of 126mph.
  • Duchess of Hamilton is built.

1939

  • Gordon is rebuilt at Crewe.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt returns from the railway service overseas.
  • World War II begins.

1940

1941

1943

  • Bridget Amanda Hatt is born.
  • Rheneas takes over the majority of the workload on the Skarloey Railway.
  • Robert Charles is killed in action while in North Africa.

1945

  • The first book of The Railway Series is published.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt spends a further period overseas again.
  • The Mid Sodor Railway mines are closed one by one.
  • World War II ends.

1946

  • The Cas-ny-Hawin mine is flooded.
  • Stanley is finally broken down and scrapped.
  • Hilary Fortnam is born.

1947

  • The Mid Sodor Railway and the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch 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.
  • Albert Regaby dies; Henry Regaby succeeds his Baronet.

1948

  • The North Western Railway becomes officially known as the "North Western Region of British Railways".
  • Mr. 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 and arrive on Sodor.

1949

  • Harold is built.
  • The Slate Quarry began to decline.

1950

  • Sir Handel Brown dies; Handel Lloyd Brown succeeds his Baronet.
  • David Hugh II is born.

1951

  • Falcon and Stuart are sheeted.
  • Toby's tramway closes down.
  • Toby and Henrietta arrive on Sodor.
  • Sir Handel Lloyd Brown marries Rachael Qualtrough.
  • David Hugh I retires.

1952

  • Trevor is sent to be scrapped.
  • Trevor is purchased by the Vicar.
  • Edward is overhauled.
  • Rheneas is overhauled 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

  • Queen Elizabeth II visits Sodor.
  • Nancy is born.
  • Wilbert is built.
  • The Ministry of Defence approached Sir Handel II to buy the nearly worked out slate quarry.

1954

  • Sir Topham Hatt II becomes the Fat Controller.
  • Rebecca Dorothy Brown is born.
  • Ballast from the North Western Railway began to be obtained for the Skarloey Railway.

1955

  • Duck arrives on Sodor.
  • Percy is sent to Thomas' Branch Line.
  • Mark V arrives on Sodor.
  • Gertrude and Millicent are bought by the Skarloey Railway.
  • Ada is built for the Skarloey Railway.

1956

  • Sir Topham Hatt I dies; Charles Topham Hatt inherits his father's baronetcy.
  • Jane is built for the Skarloey Railway.
  • Knapford Junction is moved from south to north of the River Els.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Knapford.

1957

  • City of Truro visits Sodor.
  • Diesel visits Sodor.
  • Mabel is built for the Skarloey Railway.
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel arrive on Sodor.
  • Rusty is built and arrives on Sodor. Mr. Ivo Hugh becomes his driver.

1958

  • Peter Sam has an accident with some slate trucks at the quarry.
  • Duncan arrives on Sodor.
  • Skarloey returns from being mended.
  • BBC producers make a documentary about the Skarloey Railway.
  • BoCo is built.

1959

  • Donald and Douglas arrive on Sodor.
  • The Spiteful Brake Van is crushed by Douglas and scrapped.
  • The Thin Controller finds a Mid Sodor Railway bogie coach at Harwick and 8 coaches are rescued.
  • Oliver is rebuilt.

1960

  • Daisy is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Thomas' running board is straightened.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Cronk.
  • The Ministry of Defence finally bought the empty slate quarry and the money was used for the construction of the Lakeside loop line.
  • Old Stuck-Up is built.

1961

  • The Peel Godred EMUs arrive on Sodor.
  • Peter Sam is given a new Giesl Ejector.
  • Sir Handel is given a pair of special wheels with broad tyres.
  • Rheneas returns to the Skarloey Railway.

1962

1963

  • Culdee returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • Lord Harry is renamed "Patrick".
  • Flying Scotsman is saved by Alan Pegler.
  • The loop line extension around the lake began to be built.
  • D199 is built.

1964

1965

  • Rheneas' 100th birthday.
  • Shane Dooiney returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • The one-hundredth anniversary of the Skarloey Railway is celebrated.
  • The loop line extension at Lakeside is opened.
  • BoCo arrives on Sodor.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 20th anniversary.

1966

  • Mike is built.
  • The Skarloey Railway became a Company instead of being in private ownership.

1967

  • Blister I and Blister II arrive on Sodor for the construction of the Arlesdale Railway.
  • Bert, Mike and Rex arrive on Sodor to service the Arlesdale Railway.
  • Reverend W. Awdry and Reverend Teddy Boston visit Sodor.
  • Flying Scotsman visits Sodor.
  • D199 arrives on Sodor along with 7101 and is sent back after he fails on the level crossing.
  • The Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch is re-opened, to be serviced by Duck.
  • Oliver, Isabel and Toad are rescued by Douglas and arrive on Sodor.
  • 7101 is renamed "Bear" and renumbered D3.
  • Dulcie, Alice and Mirabel are saved from scrap for service with Oliver and Duck.
  • Frank arrives on Sodor.

1968

  • S. C. Ruffey is pulled apart by Oliver and scrapped.
  • Kevin Volley retires and lives out his life at Ffarquhar.
  • Bulgy arrives on Sodor.
  • Bulgy is turned into a henhouse.
  • The year that steam traction officially ended on British Railways.

1969

1970

  • Sir Stephen Topham Hatt marries Helen Margaret.
  • The siding at Cros-ny-Cuirn is extended to make a passing loop.

1972

  • Richard Topham Hatt is born.
  • A second platform is added at Marthwaite.
  • Mavis arrives on Sodor to start work at F.F.Q

1973

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

1974

  • Charles Nicholas Hatt is born.

1975

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 30th anniversary.

1976

1977

  • Emily Helen Hatt is born.
  • A Motorail Terminal is opened at Killdane.

1979

  • A replica of Stephenson's Rocket is built.

1980

  • Thomas is overhauled.
  • Roger Sam becomes the new Thin Controller.

1981

  • Old Stuck-Up is scrapped.

1982

1984

1985

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

1986

  • Sir Handel is rebuilt.
  • 1st April: The Reverend Teddy Boston dies.
  • The Refreshment Lady dies.

1987

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

1988

  • Peter Sam visits the Talyllyn Railway.

1989

  • Fred is put into service on the Skarloey Railway.
  • 21st March: Margaret Emily Wale Awdry died, aged 77.

1990

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

1991

  • Mr. Ivo Hugh retires, with David Hugh II succeeding him as the current foreman of the Skarloey Railway.

1992

  • Henry is overhauled.

1993

  • Wilbert visits Sodor.
  • British Railways is privatised.

1994

  • 27th October: George Edward Vere Awdry died, aged 78.

1995

  • The Golden Jubilee of the Railway Series is celebrated.

1996

  • Peter Sam returns to the Skarloey Railway to help with the extra work.
  • Ivo Hugh is built.

1997

  • 21st March: The Reverend W. Awdry dies, aged 85.
  • Sir Topham Hatt II dies; Stephen Topham Hatt inherits his father's Baronet.

21st century

2002

  • Rheneas is overhauled a third time.

2005

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 60th 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

  • Victoria is restored and returned to service.

2010

  • Stepney, Bluebell and Captain Baxter's overhauls are completed and the Bluebell Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 65th anniversary.
  • Wilbert is scheduled to be back in service after a major overhaul.

2011

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

2012

  • Wilbert is returned to service.
  • 18th March: Alan Pegler dies, aged 91.

2013

  • 25th November: Hilary Fortnam dies, aged 67.

2014

  • The North Western Railway celebrates its 100th anniversary.

2015

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 70th anniversary.
  • The Skarloey Railway celebrates its 150th anniversary.
  • The Bluebell Railway celebrates its 55th anniversary.
  • The North Western Railway celebrates running for over 100 years.
  • Thomas' 100th birthday.

2016

  • Flying Scotsman returns to steam in England.
  • The North Westen Railway celebrates the Reverend W. Awdry's 105th birthday.

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