The Sodor Steamworks is a large repair company that specialises in fixing steam engines. It is situated along the Main Line at Crovan's Gate. It replaced The Works at the start of Hero of the Rails. The Steamworks is accessible and used by the steam engines on both the North Western and Skarloey Railways. All of the essential components for steam locomotives are kept and made here. Heavy overhauls are also carried out here. Victor and Kevin both live and work here at the Sodor Steamworks.
The company's logo consists of a chimney with steam coming out and is surrounded by a large cog wheel. Victor, Kevin, numerous rolling stock, vehicles and staff uniforms, all have this logo on their livery and appearance.
Engines and Cranes
Equipment at the Steamworks includes:
- Transfer Table with dual gauge tracks
- Forge with a steam hammer
- Boiler Shop
- Machinery Area with lathes
- Painting Area
- Hot-Air Blowers
- Locomotive Hoist
- Inspection Pit
- Assembly Area with standard gauge and narrow gauge railway lines
- Storage Shed outside the Steamworks for Kevin and Victor to sleep at night
- Coal hopper on the side of the building
- Whilst Hero of the Rails was being developed, David Eves came up with the creation of the Sodor Steamworks as one of his last contributions. The idea was luckily accepted by the writers and the new animators.
- As Hero of the Rails was originally intended to be a CGI/live action hybrid special, it is unknown what scale the Steamworks would have been built to. If it was built in scale with the standard gauge engines, Victor might've had to be a standard gauge engine or be built in scale with the Season 4 narrow gauge engines. If it was built in scale with the narrow gauge engines post Season 5, large scale models of Percy, Spencer, Kevin and Hiro would've had to be built.
- Although it is titled the Sodor Steamworks, diesel and electric engines have been repaired there before.
- Its Railway Series equivalent is The Works.
- The Sodor Steamworks has had numerous modifications throughout the years:
- Series 13:
- The area around the transfer table was brown in the episodes; The Lion of Sodor, Tickled Pink and The Early Bird).
- King of the Railway:
- The area around the transfer table returned to it's original grey colour.
- It was confirmed that Henry did not need "special coal" anymore so the coal hopper dispenses normal coal.
- The tracks leading to Victor and Kevin's shed have been removed and it is now a normal shed.
- Series 18:
- The turntable gains narrow gauge track running to the original.
- The narrow-gauge track has been re-positioned by a few feet, now leading onto the turntable and the buffers were removed. On the opposite side of the turntable, a set of narrow gauge points are added, also leading onto the turntable.
- The centre track in doorway three now runs right out the back of the building instead of stopping at buffers, also the perpendicular storage tracks now disappeared.
- Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure:
- The buffers return, but the narrow gauge track does not.
- Series 13: