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Railways of Sodor is a 1972 lecture written by the Rev W. Awdry, which details the history of the various railway companies on the Island of Sodor.


The Railways of Sodor lecture takes a similar approach to The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, in that it covers the lore of The Railway Series in greater depth than could be achieved within the main series. It covers the histories of the various railways of Sodor in the Railway Series, including the North Western Railway and its constituent companies (the Sodor and Mainland Railway, the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway and the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light Railway), the Skarloey Railway and the Mid Sodor Railway. The lecture contains a number of additional details not included in any of the books.



  • The Talyllyn Railway is currently in ownership of Awdry's original lecture notes, which are preserved in the Awdry Study at Tywyn Wharf's Narrow Gauge Railway Museum.
  • On 14th August 2021, a re-reading of some parts of the lecture - in particular those focusing on the Skarloey Railway - was performed by Tim Dunn as part of the Talyllyn Railway's Awdry Extravaganza weekend.