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Vicarstown, often misspelt Vickerstown, is a small town on the eastern side of Sodor.

History

The monkish chronicler, Arnold of Cronk, recorded that when in 1150 Cronk Abbey was founded as a daughter house of Furness Abbey, the Abbot of Furness asked for a grant of land on which his Agent or Vicar could build a residence. King Ogmund, suspecting that this might lead to English infiltration, would only grant him land for a house here; hence the place’s name. A town eventually sprung up around the Vicar's house.

The North Western Railway built their main Motive Power Depot and Administrative Headquarters here in 1915, but after a 1925 agreement with the LMS Railway to allow NWR trains to travel across the bridge to Barrow-in-Furness there was no further use required. A smaller replacement station and shed was built for the engines operating the car ferry service in 1927/8, and the turntable was taken up and installed at Barrow, while the headquarters moved to the other end of the main line at Tidmouth.

The station is situated on a viaduct. There appears to be an electric tramway running along the roads underneath the viaduct. A cathedral is also located in the town, near the station. Vicarstown Sheds are a roundhouse with a turntable at the front and five berths for the engines. The Vicarstown Goods Depot, Vicarstown Goods Yard, Dieselworks, Rolling Bridge and a Viaduct are also located here.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television Series

Specials:

Trivia

  • In The Railway Series, Thomas worked at this station as a pilot engine before working on his branch line (alternatively, Thomas worked as a pilot at Knapford in the television series).
  • The name comes from the Reverend W. Awdry's time as an Anglican priest, and on maps of Sodor it replaces the real Vickerstown, a suburb of Barrow situated on the Isle of Walney.
  • In The Great Race, many of the houses and or buildings seem to be duplicated from other towns.
  • As seen in the concept art, the station was originally meant to be on ground level, with access to streets without walking down.
  • Originally, the station's canopy was more level, with a gentle curve, unlike the final version.
  • The station is based on London's old "Spa Road" station.
  • According to concept art, at least two electric trams work on a tram way below the station.

Merchandise


* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped

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