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Dryaw is a small village and station on Thomas' Branch Line. An airfield is located nearby.


The Railway Series

The village began as a worker village for the staff of A. W. Dry & Co., a company working on reclaiming tidal land from the sea. The hutments built by A. W. Dry for his work-people behind the first reclamation bank were rebuilt in permanent form as brick or stone cottages when footings became firm enough to support them. These formed the nucleus of a village. As work went on more and more land to the west was drained and settled, mostly in plots of one or two acres. The soil, when leached of salt, proved fertile and now supports prosperous market gardens.

A Heliport belonging to the Coastguard Service is near the east bank of the river.

Dryaw has two railway stations. The old one on the Harbour Line is now a Goods Depot with a staff of two responsible to the Stationmaster of Elsbridge. It is near the village centre, ironically making it better suited for passenger trains. Workmen's trains stop here as do most goods trains, and it is not unknown for Goods Guard's to have a van full of passengers on market days for Elsbridge or Knapford as the case may be. The Passenger station is on the Main Branch, inconveniently away from the village. It is unstaffed, has a good car park, and a service of 7 trains a day each way is provided.[1]

Thomas & Friends

In the television series, Dryaw appeared in almost every series until the switch to CGI Series, before returning in the seventeenth series. It is depicted as being next to airfield, and consists of two platforms connected by a footbridge, with the western platform having a station building. Since the nineteenth series episode Reds vs. Blues, Dryaw FC has been located on the eastern side of the station.


Thomas & Friends




  • The name "Dryaw" is an anagram of "Awdry", as is A. W. Dry.
  • The station building used to be on display at Drayton Manor. However, the platform it was on seemed to be one of the section from Tidmouth Hault.
  • In the television series, Tiger Moth and the Biplane live at the nearby airfield. Harold and Butch were also based at the airfield, but they have since been relocated to the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre upon its opening.
  • Dryaw has had numerous modifications throughout the years:
    • Series 3:
      • A wooden footpath is added over the railway.
    • Series 5:
      • The wooden footpath is removed.
      • A signal is added nearby.
    • Series 6:
      • The station roof becomes much steeper.
      • The pedestrian footbridge no longer has an arch in the middle.
      • The rear windows of the station building are removed.
      • The supports for the building canopy are changed.
      • The design of the platform lights are changed.
      • A telephone box is permanently added.
      • A water tower is added nearby.
      • The signal is removed.
    • Series 7:
      • A signalbox is added nearby.
    • Series 17:
      • The footbridge is reverted back to its original shape, albeit with a different design.
      • A station clock stand is added.
      • The window on the side of the station building and the supports for the building canopy are removed.
      • The nearby power lines and signalbox are removed.
    • Series 19:
      • Dryaw FC is moved closer to the station.
      • A dirt path and stairs down from the platform are added, leading to the stadium.
    • Series 20:
      • The signalbox is re-added, this time to the other end of the station.
      • Signals are re-added, this time at both ends of the station.