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This is a timeline chronicling major events of the Railway Series continuity.

19th Century

1806

1810

  • Plateway from Ward Fell to Balladwail is closed and torn up.

1822

  • John Arnold Norramby is born.

1829

1836

1853

1854

  • Henry John Norramby is born.
  • Vere Awdry (Reverend W. Awdry's father) is born.

1856

1859

1863

1864

1865

1866

  • Dolgoch is built and arrives on the Talyllyn Railway.
  • Skarloey has trailing wheels added to improve stability and has a cab installed.

1870

1872

  • Albert is built.
  • The Mid Sodor Railway Company is formed.

1875

1877

1878

1879

1880

1881

1882

1883

1884

1885

  • Adams is built.
  • Cora is built for the Mid Sodor Railway.

1886

  • Frederick Regaby dies; Albert Regaby succeeds to his Barony.

1891

  • Albert is rebuilt.

1894

  • John Arnold Norramby dies.
  • Bert is possibly built this year.
  • Topham Hatt is apprenticed at Swindon Works.

1895

1896

1897

1900

20th Century

1901

  • The Culdee Fell Railway is re-opened after receiving further maintenance following the events of Godred's accident.
  • Sir Topham Hatt comes to Sodor.
  • The last of the Sodor and Mainland engines are scrapped.

1903

1904

  • City of Truro becomes one of the first engines to reach 100mph.
  • Falcon is built, arrives on Sodor and replaces an older MSR locomotive who is then scrapped.

1905

1906

  • The Refreshment Lady is born.
  • Tidmouth becomes the first town in Sodor to be lit by electricity.

1908

1909

1910

1911

  • 15th June: The Reverend W. Awdry is born.
  • Barbara Jane, daughter of Sir Topham Hatt, is born.

1912

  • James is possibly built this year.
  • Stepney is rebuilt.
  • The Tidmouth, Wellsworth and Suddery Railway is formed from the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway and the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway.
  • Margaret Emily Wale Awdry is born.
  • Coronel Church returns to service.

1913

  • Boxhill is restored.

1914

  • The North Western Railway is formed from the Sodor and Mainland Railway and the Tidmouth, Wellsworth and Suddery Railway.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt is born.
  • Toby is built.
  • World War I begins.

1915

  • The North Western Railway is built.
  • Albert Regaby becomes chairman of the North Western Railway.
  • Thomas is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Edward arrives on Sodor.
  • The Ballahoo tunnel is built.
  • The workshops at Crovan's Gate are established.
  • The North Western Railways' Motive Power Depot and Administrative Headquarters at Vicarstown are built.
  • Vicarstown Bridge is built.
  • Mr. Peter Sam is born.
  • Henry John Norramby dies.
  • Kevin Volley joins the North Western Railway as a lad/porter at Knapford.

1916

1917

1918

  • Robert Charles is born.
  • World War I ends.
  • Douglas is built.

1919

1920

  • Stuart is built, for work on the Mid Sodor Railway.
  • Building begins on Gordon at Doncaster.
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth, Charles Laxey is born.
  • Sir Handel Brown marries Dorothy Lloyd.
  • Thomas is officially sold to the North Western Railway.
  • 16th April: Alan Pegler is born.

1921

  • Edward is officially sold to the North Western Railway.
  • Mr. Ivo Hugh is born.
  • Kevin Volley is promoted to porter.
  • Edward Thomas is built and arrives on the Corris Railway.

1922

  • Gordon is built.
  • Padarn is built and arrives on the United Kingdom.
  • Henry arrives on Sodor.
  • A second bore is cut for the Ballahoo tunnel after Henry stops in the original.

1923

  • Flying Scotsman is built.
  • The Peel Godred Power Company and the North Western Railway planned to build a new branch line.
  • Gordon arrives on Sodor.
  • Sir Topham Hatt becomes General Manager of the North Western Railway.
  • Rex is built.
  • Ralph and Eryri are built and arrive on the United Kingdom.
  • River Esk is built and delivered to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
  • 98462 and 87546 arrive on Sodor and are shortly sent packing.
  • 8783 is built. 

1924

  • 20th August: The Reverend Teddy Boston is born.
  • Sir Handel Lloyd Brown II is born.

1925

  • The NWR/LMS agreement.
  • The North Western Railway starts running to Barrow-in-Furness.
  • The Motive Power Depot and Administrative Headquarters are moved to Tidmouth.
  • The Crovan's Gate Works are expanded.
  • The Toryreck mines begin to decline.
  • Thomas' Branch Line is extended to Ffarquhar.
  • James is given a red coat of paint.

1926

1927

  • Vicarstown Sheds is closed.
  • Kevin Volley becomes booking clerk of Elsbridge.
  • The road bridge crossing River Els at Elsbridge is widened to accommodate more traffic.
  • Trevor is built.

1928

  • Stanley is turned into a pumping engine.
  • Duncan is built.
  • 12th June: Vere Awdry dies.
  • King James I is built. 

1929

1931

1932

1934

1935

  • Henry is sent to be rebuilt at Crewe into an LMS Stanier Class 5 following his crash with the Flying Kipper.
  • Bahamas is built.
  • The Isle of Man steamers stop arriving at Arlesburgh, so the traffic to Peel Godred stops too.
  • Bertie is built.

1936

  • Green Arrow is built.
  • Mr. Fergus Duncan is born.
  • Sir Topham Hatt is promoted from General Manager to Managing Director.
  • The mountain section of the Mid Sodor Railway is closed.
  • The Mid Sodor bogie saloon stock along with 3 of 6 engines are sold.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Ffarquhar.

1937

  • Rheneas is overhauled.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt goes for railway service overseas.
  • Judy is built.

1938

  • Barbara Jane marries Henry Regaby, Viscount Harwick.
  • Mallard is built.
  • Mallard sets the world speed record for a steam engine of 126mph.
  • Duchess of Hamilton is built.

1939

  • Gordon is rebuilt at Crewe.
  • Duchess of Hamilton tours the United States
  • World War II begins.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt returns from railway service overseas to enlist with the Royal Engineers.

1940

1941

1942

  • Duchess of Hamilton shipped back from the United States.
  • Engines such as Edward, Gordon and Henry were created by the Reverend W. Awdry for his son Christopher.

1943

  • Bridget Amanda Hatt is born.
  • Rheneas takes over the majority of the workload on the Skarloey Railway.
  • Robert Charles is killed in action while in North Africa.

1945

  • 12th May: The first book of The Railway Series is published.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt is demobilised from the Royal Engineers and spends a further period overseas.
  • The Mid Sodor Railway mines are closed one by one.
  • World War II ends.

1946

  • The Cas-ny-Hawin mine is flooded.
  • Stanley finally breaks down and is later scrapped.
  • Hilary Awdry Fortnam is born.

1947

  • The Mid Sodor Railway and the Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch are closed.
  • Duke is sheeted and abandoned in a shed.
  • Falcon and Stuart are purchased by the aluminium works at Peel Godred for an expansion project.
  • Albert Regaby dies; Henry Regaby succeeds to his Viscountcy.

1948

  • British Railways is formed from the London North Eastern Railway, the London Midland Scottish Railway, the Southern Railway and the Great Western Railway.
  • The North Western Railway becomes officially known as the "North Western Region of British Railways".
  • Mr. Roger Sam is born.
  • Sir Topham Hatt is created a Baronet on his appointment as Chairman of the Regional Executive, after Nationalisation.
  • The claybeds near Brendam are discovered.
  • Bill and Ben are built and arrive on Sodor.
  • Edward is put in charge of the Brendam Branch Line.
  • The Corris Railway is closed.
  • Sir Haydn and Edward Thomas are sheeted.

1949

  • Harold is built.
  • The Slate Quarry begins to decline.
  • Tom Rolt is built.

1950

  • Sir Handel Brown dies; Handel Lloyd Brown succeeds to his Baronetcy.
  • David Hugh II is born.
  • Alf is built.

1951

  • Falcon and Stuart are sheeted.
  • Toby's tramway closes down.
  • Toby and Henrietta arrive on Sodor.
  • The Coffee Pots engines are withdrawn from service.
  • Sir Handel Lloyd Brown marries Rachael Qualtrough.
  • David Hugh I retires.
  • Sir Haydn and Edward Thomas are purchased by the Talyllyn Railway.

1952

  • Trevor is sent to be scrapped.
  • Trevor is purchased by the Vicar.
  • Rheneas is overhauled for a second time.
  • Stuart and Falcon are purchased by the Skarloey Railway and renamed "Peter Sam" and "Sir Handel" respectively.
  • Skarloey is overhauled.
  • Cora is purchased for the Skarloey Railway.
  • Sir Charles Topham Hatt returns to Sodor, to become Chief Mechanical Engineer at Crovan's Gate and general assistant to his father.
  • Diesel is built.

1953

  • Queen Elizabeth II visits Sodor.
  • Nancy is born.
  • Wilbert is built.
  • The Ministry of Defence approached Sir Handel II to buy the nearly worked out slate quarry.
  • Alfred is built.
  • Douglas arrives at the Talyllyn Railway.
  • Mark V is built.

1954

  • Sir Topham Hatt II becomes the Fat Controller.
  • Rebecca Dorothy Brown is born.
  • Ballast from the North Western Railway begins to be obtained for the Skarloey Railway.
  • Alice, Mirabel, Isabel and Dulcie are built.

1955

  • Duck arrives on Sodor.
  • Percy is sent to Thomas' Branch Line.
  • Mark V is built.
  • Gertrude and Millicent are bought by the Skarloey Railway.
  • Ada is built for the Skarloey Railway.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 10th anniversary.

1956

  • Sir Topham Hatt I dies; Charles Topham Hatt inherits his father's baronetcy.
  • Jane is built for the Skarloey Railway.
  • Knapford Junction is moved from south to north of the River Els.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Knapford.
  • Big City Engines visits Sodor.

1957

  • City of Truro visits Sodor.
  • Gordon loses his dome.
  • Diesel visits Sodor.
  • Mabel is built for the Skarloey Railway.
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel arrive on Sodor.
  • Rusty is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Mr. Ivo Hugh becomes his driver.
  • Midlander arrives on the Talyllyn Railway.

1958

  • Peter Sam has an accident with some slate trucks at the quarry.
  • Duncan arrives on Sodor.
  • Skarloey returns from being mended.
  • BBC producers make a documentary about the Skarloey Railway.
  • BoCo is built.
  • 8783 is retired from service.

1959

  • Diesel 31120 is built.
  • Donald and Douglas arrive on Sodor.
  • The Spiteful Brake Van is crushed by Douglas and scrapped.
  • The Thin Controller finds a Mid Sodor Railway bogie coach at Harwick and 8 coaches are rescued.
  • Oliver is rebuilt.
  • 8783 is scrapped.

1960

  • Thomas crashes into the Station Master's house.
  • Daisy is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Percy crashes into a brakevan.
  • Thomas' running board is straightened.
  • Kevin Volley becomes stationmaster at Cronk.
  • The Ministry of Defence buys the empty slate quarry and the money is used for the construction of the Lakeside loop line.
  • Old Stuck-Up and the Diesel are built.

1961

  • The Peel Godred EMUs arrive on Sodor.
  • Peter Sam is given a new Giesl Ejector.
  • Sir Handel is given a pair of special wheels with broad tyres.
  • Rheneas returns to the Skarloey Railway.

1962

  • Mavis is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Lord Harry, Alaric and Eric arrive on Sodor.
  • Stepney visits Sodor.
  • The Diesel visits Sodor.

1963

  • Culdee returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • Lord Harry is renamed "Patrick".
  • Flying Scotsman is saved by Alan Pegler.
  • The loop line extension around the lake began to be built.
  • D199 is built.

1964

1965

  • Rheneas' 100th birthday.
  • Shane Dooiney returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • The one-hundredth anniversary of the Skarloey Railway is celebrated.
  • The loop line extension at Lakeside is opened.
  • BoCo arrives on Sodor.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 20th anniversary.

1966

1967

  • Blister I and Blister II arrive on Sodor for the construction of the Arlesdale Railway.
  • Bert, Mike and Rex arrive on Sodor to service the Arlesdale Railway.
  • Reverend W. Awdry and Reverend Teddy Boston visit Sodor.
  • Flying Scotsman visits Sodor.
  • D199 arrives on Sodor along with 7101 and is sent back after he fails on the level crossing.
  • The Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch is re-opened, to be serviced by Duck.
  • Oliver, Isabel and Toad are rescued by Douglas and arrive on Sodor.
  • 7101 is renamed "Bear" and renumbered D3.
  • Dulcie, Alice and Mirabel are saved from scrap for service with Oliver and Duck.
  • Frank arrives on Sodor.

1968

  • S. C. Ruffey is pulled apart by Oliver and scrapped.
  • Kevin Volley retires and lives out his life at Ffarquhar.
  • Bulgy arrives on Sodor.
  • Bulgy is turned into a henhouse.
  • Steam traction officially ends on British Railways.
  • The Guinea Special runs.
  • Flying Scotsman tours the United States.
  • The Works Diesel is built.

1969

1970

  • Sir Stephen Topham Hatt marries Helen Margaret.
  • The siding at Cros-ny-Cuirn is extended to make a passing loop.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 25th anniversary.

1971

  • Robert Sam dies.

1972

1973

  • Bert is rebuilt.
  • Flying Scotsman returns to the United Kingdom after touring the United States.
  • 10 November: The first three books in the Railway Series were published in Japan.

1974

  • Charles Nicholas Hatt is born.
  • The Works Diesel arrives on Sodor. 

1975

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 30th anniversary.
  • Stepney's 100th birthday.

1976

1977

  • Emily Helen Hatt is born.
  • A Motorail Terminal is opened at Killdane.

1979

  • A replica of Stephenson's Rocket is built.

1980

  • Roger Sam becomes the new Thin Controller.
  • Richard Awdry (Christopher's son) is born.

1982

  • Duke is overhauled.
  • Sir Handel visits the Talyllyn Railway.
  • Old Stuck-Up visits Sodor.

1983

  • 12th September: Christopher Awdry becomes the new writer for the Railway Series.
  • Old Stuck-Up is scrapped.

1984

  • Sir Topham Hatt III becomes the Fat Controller.
  • Sir Handel returns from the Talyllyn Railway.

1985

1986

  • Sir Handel is rebuilt.
  • 1st April: The Reverend Teddy Boston dies.
  • The Refreshment Lady dies.

1987

  • Mavis is involved in a collision with a lorry.
  • Bulstrode is turned into a children's playground on a beach.

1988

  • Peter Sam visits the Talyllyn Railway.
  • Flying Scotsman tours Australia.  

1989

  • Fred is put into service on the Skarloey Railway.
  • 21st March: Margaret Emily Wale Awdry dies, aged 77.

1990

  • After Privatisation, the name "North Western Railway" becomes official.
  • Flying Scotsman returns from Australia.
  • Thomas is invited to a railway show in York.
  • Frank is re-engined.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 45th anniversary.

1991

  • Mr. Ivo Hugh retires, with David Hugh II succeeding him as the current foreman of the Skarloey Railway.
  • Tom Rolt arrives on the Talyllyn Railway and is rebuilt.

1992

  • Henry is overhauled.

1993

  • Wilbert visits Sodor.

1994

  • 27th October: George Edward Vere Awdry dies, aged 78.
  • British Railways is privatised until 1997.
  • Bert's 100th birthday.
  • Diesel 31120 is scrapped.

1995

  • The Golden Jubilee of the Railway Series is celebrated.

1996

  • Edward's 100th birthday. 
  • Peter Sam returns to the Skarloey Railway to help with the extra work.
  • Ivo Hugh is built.

1997

  • 21st March: The Reverend W. Awdry dies, aged 85.
  • Sir Topham Hatt II dies; Stephen Topham Hatt inherits his father's Baronetcy.

2000

  • Ernest, Wilfred, Culdee and Shane Dooiney's 100th birthday.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 55th anniversary.

21st Century

2001

  • British Railway ceases operations.

2002

  • Rheneas is overhauled.
  • The Corris Railway is reopened.

2003

  • City of Truro's 100th birthday.

2004

2005

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 60th anniversary.

2006

  • The manager of Anopha Quarry is visited by the police after Henrietta is booked for allowing workmen to ride on her balconies.

2007

  • Victoria is restored and returned to service.
  • Fergus Duncan retires from being controller of the Arlesdale Railway.

2009

  • Donald and Douglas' 100th birthday.

2010

  • Stepney, Bluebell and Captain Baxter's overhauls are completed and the Bluebell Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its 65th anniversary.
  • Wilbert is scheduled to be back in service after a major overhaul.

2011

2012

  • Wilbert is returned to service.
  • 18th March: Alan Pegler dies, aged 91.

2013

  • 25th November: Hilary Fortnam dies, aged 67.

2014

  • The North Western Railway celebrates its 100th anniversary.
  • Toby's 100th birthday.
  • Stepney is withdrawn from service, following the failure of his main steam pipe.

2015

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 70th anniversary.
  • The Skarloey Railway celebrates its 150th anniversary.
  • The Bluebell Railway celebrates its 55th anniversary.
  • The North Western Railway celebrates running for over 100 years.
  • Thomas' 100th birthday.

2016

  • Flying Scotsman returns to steam in England.
  • The North Western Railway celebrates the Reverend W. Awdry's 105th birthday.

2017

  • The Arlesdale Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2018

  • 50th anniversary of the end of steam on BR.

2019

  • Henry's 100th birthday.

2020

  • The Railway Series celebrates its 75th anniversary.
  • Peter Sam's 100th birthday.
  • The Bluebell Railway celebrates its 60th anniversary.
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