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Arlesburgh West, also known as Arlesburgh Junction, is a seaside station on Sodor's west coast based on both sides of the River Arle Estuary. The station is served by both the North Western and Arlesdale railways and is the exchange station for both railways.

History

The Railway Series

The North Western Railway built a branch line from Tidmouth to here in 1916, it was initially intended to reach Harwick but this was dropped when the Admiralty found the line to Arlesburgh sufficient. The extension was again considered during the 1940s, but again was dropped. A naval base was established at Arlesburgh during the First World War.

Following the closure of the mines on the Mid Sodor Railway, the line to Arlesburgh West saw less traffic. Permission was requested to close the line, but this was refused and thus a minimal service was operated.

Revival began in 1965/66 when the NWR decided to use the port at Arlesburgh as a supplement to Tidmouth and the line was given a new lease of life. By 1964/65, when the Arlesdale Railway was being built, the trackbed of the old Mid Sodor Railway between Bridge Street and the harbour station had been overlaid by street widening and other works. Luckily, the site Bridge Street itself had escaped and the Arlesdale Railway were able to acquire it; but they had to build a new line along the town's outskirts towards the NWR's station. Passenger connection between the two railways was provided for by a foot-bridge, and the NWR laid in a standard gauge spur to the Transfer Gantry.[1]

The Arlesdale Railway also has their own steam engine shed, diesel engine shed, carriage shed, turntable and yard at the station. It had a single platform on the south at first, but it has been supplemented by another on the north side of the station. A wall behind its whole length was erected together with a platform canopy giving much needed shelter in blustery weather. There is also a cabin that not only houses the point and signal levers controlling all movements in the station area, but is also used for traffic control and holds the radio transceiving apparatus necessary for this purpose.

Thomas & Friends

Sir Topham Hatt had decided to extend to the North Western Railway to Harwick with a branch line starting at Arlesburgh West. Ryan was assigned to look after the goods traffic, whilst Daisy took care of the passengers.

Appearances

Trivia

Merchandise

  • Wooden Railway (signal gantry; Pirate Cove Discovery set-exclusive; discontinued)

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