Toryreck is a village and station on Thomas' Branch Line.
The Railway Series
For centuries the area below Elsbridge, including what is now Toryreck, had been flooded both at high tide and when the river was in spate. During the 1880s, the Ulfstead Mining Company became interested in the minerals (lead mostly) waiting to be found on the higher ground east of the marsh; but without a firm footing they could not be either extracted or transported away. They called in the drainage firm A. W. Dry & Co. who created embankments on the sides of the river and assisted in the construction of a railway, allowing lead mining to begin at Toryreck.
Toryreck's origin was in many ways similar to that of Dryaw, with hutments for A. W. Dry & Co. and the Mine's workers also being built on the land reclaimed from the marsh, and eventually expanding into a village, but began earlier. Being on slightly higher ground than Dryaw, A. W. Dry and the Mining Company decided to make their Headquarters here. After a somewhat shaky start the lead mine prospered for a time, but began to get run-down in 1925, before closing in 1930. Latterly however, discovery of uranium in the old workings has led to their re-opening, and the mine’s future looks fair for the present.
The Main Branch joins the Harbour Line south of Toryreck station, which has a staff of five responsible to the Elsbridge Stationmaster. There is a goods shed here; a cattle dock and coal staithes are also provided. The station has a passing loop, but only one platform. The loop is not often used, but comes in handy at busy times and in emergencies.
Thomas & Friends
- Tank Engine Thomas Again - Thomas and Bertie
- Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine - Stepney's Special
- More About Thomas the Tank Engine - The Runaway
- The Rev. W Awdry derived the name "Toryreck" from the word "rectory".
- The television series version of the station reuses the station model of Lower Suddery.