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The Sodor Suspension Bridge is a large suspension bridge that proudly spans a gorge and is a major landmark on the Island of Sodor.

History

Thomas & Friends

The bridge was first introduced in the special Calling All Engines!. Described in the special as being "way up in the hills", the bridge is at the north end of the Peel Godred Branch Line, in between Loey Machan and Culdee Fell. The bridge fully collapsed due to a high storm and winds. However, the bridge was mended in time for the summer holidays. Afterwards, it appeared in the ninth and tenth series, though only in stock footage in the latter. It was brought back in CGI in the sixteenth series.

From the special King of the Railway onwards, the bridge was retconned as crossing over the (now dried up) River Reagh on the Main Line near Wellsworth, replacing the location of The Viaduct, which stopped appearing in the series. The bridge partially collapsed again in the nineteenth series episode Slow Stephen. Stephen was able to stop Gordon from crossing the bridge before it collapsed. Gordon was very grateful to Stephen for saving him and his passengers from disaster. The Fat Controller congratulated Thomas and Stephen and called them "really helpful heroes".

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Trivia

  • Despite the bridge's new retconned position, the body of water in the background is still in the same position on the set.
  • The bridge was rusty prior to being rebuilt, afterwards, it was refurbished and painted green.
  • The bridge is based on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in England. Designed and constructed by the iconic Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the bridge spans over the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking the town of Clifton in Bristol to the town of Leigh Woods in Somerset.

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