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Sodor: Reading Between the Lines is an information book about the Railway Series and Sodor, written by Christopher Awdry and published in 2005.


Christopher Awdry repeatedly requested the publisher to reprint The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways written by his father the Rev. W. Awdry and his uncle George Awdry, but they did not reprint.[1] So he offered to buy the copyright of the book, but this too has been refused.[1]

Judging by the high prices asked on the second-hand market for the book, this is plenty of demand for the background information to The Railway Series, Christopher decided to write a new book.[1] A new information book written by him was published from his publisher in the end of May 2005 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Railway Series.[2]


  • Introduction - A brief discussion of how the books came to be.
  • The Island and its Railways - This section talks about how Sodor came to be and the history of each of its railways.
  • Characters in the Stories
  • Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered
  • The Stories, Their Origin and Location - this section talks about The Railway Series books 1-40.
  • Thomas: A Crown Worth Fighting For
  • A full sized map of the Island of Sodor.





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 What's Next? on Sodor Enterprises
  2. Frequently Asked Questions on Awdry Family Website

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