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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 originally interchanged with the Mid Sodor Railway at Arlesburgh Harbour in 1916, and after the latter was abandoned in 1947, roadworks and urban development in the town virtually erased the former narrow-gauge mainline between Arlesburgh Bridge Street Station and the harbour.

When the Arlesdale Railway was being built around 1964-1965 along the MSR's old trackbed, a deviation had to be made from the old Bridge Street station along the outskirts of the town towards the NWR's line to the harbour, and an interchange point between the standard-gauge and the miniature gauge at Arlesburgh West. 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 transceiver 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)

References


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