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“So this was his 'shortcut'!”
―Duck


"Bulgy's Bridge" is the nickname given to a bridge on the Little Western that Bulgy once got stuck under and damaged.

History

The Railway Series

The bridge is the second bridge south of Haultraugh station. In 1969, Bulgy stole Duck and Oliver's passengers to show that the roadways were better than the railways. In order to reach his destination quicker, Bulgy used a shortcut that involved crossing under this bridge. Bulgy, however, was too tall to fit under the bridge and got wedged stuck and damaged the bridge. Duck, however, was able to get the passengers home. Bulgy was later removed from underneath the bridge and left to be a henhouse for some hens in a field half a mile north of Haultraugh station, named "Bulgy's Field".

Thomas & Friends

As in the Railway Series, Bulgy got stuck under this bridge. When he was removed from under it, he was placed in an adjacent field and the bridge was fixed by securing the broken middle section to the rest of the bridge using wooden boards. Stepney once stopped on the top of the bridge to watch a cricket match in the nearby cricket field. Percy also once crashed here with a load of trucks, which blocked The Railway Board to see Harvey's demonstration, so Harvey had to rescue him.

Behind The Scenes

The model used for Bulgy's Bridge was recycled for several other bridges seen around Sodor. The bridge was seen with a single railway line running underneath it in the fifth series episode, Lady Hatt's Birthday Party and the eighth series episodes, Don't Tell Thomas and Gordon Takes Charge. The bridge was also used as a tunnel that the workmen were working on in the fifth series episode, Thomas and the Rumours. The bridge was used for Hackenbeck Tunnel in Happy Ever After. In the film, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, a wide shot shows two railway lines going over the bridge with a second bridge right next to it.

Appearances

Trivia

  • In its debut episode, the bridge has a sign that reads 14' 9" for clearance. But since the fourth series, the sign has been removed.
  • A running gag throughout the series is that the bridge hasn't been properly repaired; the broken section was merely secured to the rest of the bridge with wooden boards.
  • In some instances during the television series, the bridge appears to be mistakenly shown on Thomas’ branch line instead of Duck’s.  
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