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Maron is a small town and station on the Main Line, located at the summit of Gordon's Hill in the Railway Series, and at the bottom in the television series.


The Railway Series

The church here is dedicated to St. Ronan, a sixth century missionary of the Iona School, so the generally accepted view is that the place name comes from Ma Ronan (Sudric for St. Ronan).

The modern village is built around the station in terraces at the summit of Gordon’s Hill, but the older houses are built on ledges climbing up from the valley of the Maura (Sacred River). Other authorities claim that this is the basic source of the name. Viewed from the valley, the hillside village has a picturesque and alpine aspect. Many of the lanes leading to the houses are too steep and narrow for wheeled traffic. Donkeys with panniers are still employed in the delivery of bread, groceries and even coal.

The station is a compulsory stop for all Down, loose coupled and ”unfitted” goods trains. Brakes must be pinned down here. Conversely, bank engines, such as Edward, stop here and use the station crossover for the run back to Wellsworth.[1]

Thomas & Friends

Maron Station consists of two platforms, with the northern platform having the station building. A few sidings are located on the southern side of the station, which constitute a small yard. There was also a siding located east of the station, which is where Thomas hit buffers after being pushed by the Troublesome Trucks which constitute a small yard. In the first series, Maron was a straight platformed station, and from the sixth series onwards, it became a curved platform station. The station serves as the junction for the Main Line Loop and the Ulfstead Branch Line.

Maron FC is located here and Boulder Quarry is located a short distance north of the town, operated by the Skarloey Railway and the North Western Railway.


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  • In the television series, the design of Maron Station appears to be based on Elsbridge as it appeared during C. Reginald Dalby's time as illustrator of the Railway Series.
  • The cottage next to the station reused the station building of Lower Suddery.
  • Abbey station in the ninth series reused Maron's model which is most likely reason the station didn't appear in said series.
  • Several posters can be seen at Maron: one is Thomas crossing a bridge, seen from the opening of Hero of the Rails, and the other one is an advertisement of Ulfstead Castle with Connor and Caitlin. There is also a poster of Emily crossing Black Loch on the side.
  • Maron station has had numerous modifications throughout the years:
    • Series 6:
      • The station and track layout are curved instead of straight.
      • The siding closest to the station building is removed.
      • The footbridge is moved to the other side of the station platform.
      • The design of the footbridge changes.
    • Series 8:
      • The station car park is enlarged.
    • Series 13:
      • The car park is made even larger.
      • A fourth lamp appears on solely the rear platform behind the footbridge.
    • Series 17:
      • The fourth lamp on the rear platform disappears.
    • Series 18:
  • The main building model can be seen on display in a museum at Kyoto, Japan.