Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

Stepney's Branch Line (also known as The Bluebell Railway in some of the episodes in Series 4 and 5) runs from north of Crovan's Gate to Great Waterton. Due to a vast amount of bluebell flowers beside the tracks, the line is nicknamed the "Bluebell Railway".


Stepney and possibly Flora, are currently the only locomotives known to work on this line; however, Thomas has been seen travelling up and down it numerous times and other North Western Railway engines sometimes use this line to get to Great Waterton instead of using the Main Line.


The line begins north-east of Crovan's Gate, at the Transfer Yards on the Norramby Branch Line and travels up to the Skarloey Railway Depot and Mr. Percival's House, where it runs next to the Skarloey Railway until it splits at Bluebell Valley Station. The two lines reconverge to go through two parallel tunnels, before the branch line splits up at a junction with one line going to the Rolling River Bridge and the other running past Green Hills Junction until the line finally stops at Great Waterton at a spur of the Main Line.



  • The branch line is loosely based on the real life Bluebell Railway.
  • Another name of this line is the Bluebell Branch Line.
  • Though located on the Island of Sodor, the branch line itself in many classic series episodes was considered to be a separate railway from the North Western Railway, as the North Western Railway does not own nor operate the line. It was stated many times that it was a separate railway that is far away from Sir Topham Hatt's railway. It was also mentioned as a "far away place". Rusty loves to visit in springtime, which means the branch line was not intended to run alongside the Skarloey Railway.

Rolling Stock


Television Series only

Coaches and Trucks

Television Series only


* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped