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Vicarstown Sheds is an engine shed located at Vicarstown. It served as the main sheds for the North Western Railway from 1915 to 1928, when the MPD moved to Tidmouth Sheds.


The Railway Series

The North Western Railway established Vicarstown Sheds as its main Motive Power Depot in 1915. The bulk of its main line fleet was stationed here, as was Thomas, Vicarstown's station pilot. It was a 'dead end' type shed with six roads.

Following the 1925 agreement with the LMS to allow NWR trains as far as Barrow-in-Furness, the sheds were no longer required. It was closed in 1928, and a smaller one was erected for engines operating the car-ferry service. The turntable was taken up and installed at Barrow, while the main Motive Power Depot moved to Tidmouth.

Thomas & Friends

Vicarstown Sheds is a five berth roundhouse shed, built in the same architectural style as Tidmouth Sheds. The sheds are located in a windy place close to the sea, so tender engines need to be on the turntable just right or they would put it out of balance. Gordon was once unable to get into the right position, and was forced to pull the express backwards. Sometime later, he fell into the nearby ditch while trying to jam the turntable, to avoid taking a goods train.


Railway Series

Television Series


  • Vicarstown Sheds was later modified and repainted for the six-berth Tidmouth Sheds, as noted by a tooling split on the original Tidmouth Sheds model, which probably explains why Vicarstown Sheds only appeared in the first season.