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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.

1822

  • John Arnold Norramby is born.

1829

1853

1854

  • Henry John Norramby is born.

1864

1865

  • Skarloey arrives on Sodor for the opening of the Skarloey Railway.
  • Rheneas is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice are built for the Skarloey Railway.

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

1877

1879

1880

1881

1882

1883

  • Charles Henry is born.

1884

1885

1886

  • Frederick Regaby dies; Albert Regaby succeeds his Baronet.

1888

1894

  • John Arnold Norramby dies.
  • Bert is built.

1896

1897

1899

20th Century

1900

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.

1903

1904

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

1906

1910

1911

1912

  • Stepney is rebuilt.
  • James is built.

1913

  • Thomas is built.
  • Boxhill is restored.

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.
  • World War I begins.

1915

  • The North Western Railway is built.
  • Albert Regaby becomes chairman of the North Western Railway.
  • Thomas arrives on Sodor.   
  • Edward arrives on Sodor.
  • The Ballahoo tunnel is built.
  • The workshops at Crovan's Gate are established.
  • The NWR's 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.
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth, Charles Laxey is born.
  • Sir Handel Brown marries Dorothy Lloyd.
  • Thomas is officially sold to the North Western Railway.

1921

  • Edward is officially sold to the North Western Railway.
  • Mr. Ivo Hugh is born.
  • Kevin Volley is promoted to porter.
  • Allan Pegler 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.
  • Kevin Volley becomes booking clerk of Elsbridge.

1928

  • Stanley is turned into a pumping engine.

1929

1932

1934

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

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 has stopped too.

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.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Ffarquhar.

1937

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

1938

1939

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

1940

1941

  • Sir Stephen Topham Hatt is born.
  • Charles Henry dies.

1943

  • Bridget Amanda Hatt is born.
  • Rheneas takes over 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 MSR 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.

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.
  • 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.

1950

  • Sir Handel Brown dies.
  • 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

1954

  • Sir Topham Hatt II becomes the Fat Controller.
  • Rebecca Dorothy Brown is born.

1955

  • Duck arrives on Sodor.
  • Percy is sent to Thomas' Branch Line.
  • Mark V arrives on Sodor.
  • Gertrude and Millicent arrive on Sodor.
  • 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.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Knapford.

1957

1958

  • Peter Sam had 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

1960

  • Daisy is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Thomas' running board is straightened.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Cronk.

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.

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.

1966

1967

  • 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 scrapped.
  • Kevin Volley retires and lives out his life at Ffarquhar.
  • Bulgy arrives on Sodor.
  • Bulgy is turned into a henhouse.

1969

1970

  • Sir Stephen Topham Hatt marries Helen Margaret.

1972

  • Richard Topham Hatt is born.

1973

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

1974

  • Charles Nicholas Hatt is born.

1976

1977

  • Emily Helen Hatt is born.

1980

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

1982

1984

  • Annie and Clarabel are rebuilt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt III becomes the Fat Controller.
  • Sir Handel returns from the Talyllyn Railway.

1985

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

1986

  • Sir Handel is rebuilt.
  • 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.

1989

  • Fred is put into service on the Skarloey Railway.

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 Railway's is privated.

1995

1996

1997

  • The Reverend W. Awdry dies.
  • 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 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.
  • The Skarloey Railway celebrates its 150th anniversary.
  • The Bluebell Railway celebrates its 55th anniversary.

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