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Cora is a tool van, and occasionally a guard's van, who works on the Skarloey Railway. She formerly worked on the Mid Sodor Railway.


The Railway Series

Cora was built by Falcon Works for the Mid Sodor Railway, where she was a tool van, though she served as Stuart's guards van for a time. She was acquired by the Thin Controller in the sale following the closure of the Mid Sodor Railway in 1947. She was used as a guard's van whenever Beatrice was unavailable, though she eventually returned to her original use after Millicent's arrival in 1955.

Peter Sam mentioned her in a conversation with Skarloey when the latter returned to service in 1958. Skarloey then took Cora to rescue Duncan after he got stuck in Rheneas Tunnel for doing "Rock n Roll". When Skarloey took Duncan home, Cora was left in a siding for the workmen to inspect the tunnel.

George once had collided into Cora while exchanging insults with Sir Handel near Cros-ny-Cuirn. Duncan later took Cora to help repair one of Skarloey's coaches after it derailed[1].


Not much is known about Cora, although it can be assumed she has a good friendship with Peter Sam, being his guard's van during a period of time.

Technical Details


Cora is based on a brake van from the Corris Railway that now works on the Talyllyn Railway.


Cora is painted in the Skarloey Railway light blue livery. The initials "SR" are painted on the bottom right of her sides in white. Her rooftop is also painted white. Her buffer beams are painted black with silver buffers.



  • The Rev. W. Awdry's original model of Cora is presently on display at the Narrow Gauge Museum in Tywyn, Wales.
  • Cora formed the basis for the Bachmann 009 blue box van, though the van in question is actually a Lynton and Barnstaple Railway van and lacks a name or face.
  • With permission from Christopher Awdry, Cora was featured in the Corris Railway's newsletter, known as the "Corris-Pondent". Cora is depicted as a brake van who worked on the Corris Railway but moved to the Talyllyn Railway[1].


* RWS only | ** T&F only