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Vicarstown (often misspelled as Vickerstown)[1] is the largest city on the far eastern side of Sodor. It is also the final Main Line stop in the television series.


The Railway Series

The monkish chronicler, Arnold of Cronk, recorded that when in 1150 Cronk Abbey was founded as a daughter house of Furness Abbey, the Abbot of Furness asked for a grant of land on which his Agent or Vicar could build a residence. King Ogmund, suspecting that this might lead to English infiltration, would only grant him land for a house here; hence the place’s name. A town eventually sprung up around the Vicar's house.

The North Western Railway extended to Vicarstown in 1915 and built their main Motive Power Depot and Administrative Headquarters here, as well as a rolling lift bridge connecting Sodor with the Mainland. After the 1925 agreement with the LMS to allow NWR trains to travel across the bridge to Barrow-in-Furness there was no further use required. A smaller replacement station and shed were built for the engines operating the car ferry service in 1927/8, and the turntable was taken up and installed at Barrow, while the headquarters moved to the other end of the main line at Tidmouth.[2] Thomas served as the station pilot here until being transferred to Wellsworth in 1925.

Thomas & Friends

Vicarstown Station is situated on a viaduct, which contains shops in several of its arches. The station is the largest on Sodor, consisting of 8 platforms with a lower level beneath them. The station is built in an elegant Victorian architectural style and is covered by a glass roof, with clock towers and signal boxes located on each end.

There is an electric tramway running along the roads underneath the viaduct, and a cathedral is located in the town, near the station.

The Vicarstown Goods Depot, Vicarstown Sheds, Vicarstown Goods Yard, Rolling Bridge and a Viaduct are located here. The Vicarstown Dieselworks and The Pond Runby are also located a short distance west of the town.

Vicarstown had also replaced Barrow in the TV series for being one of the two stations at the end of The Main Line, in this case, the east terminus of the line.


Railway Series only

Television Series only



  • The name comes from the Rev. W. Awdry's time as an Anglican priest, and on maps of Sodor, it replaces the real Vickerstown, a suburb of Barrow situated on the Isle of Walney.
  • As seen in the television concept art, several different designs were tested for Vicarstown Station before the final design was decided upon.
    • In one concept, the station was on ground level, with access to streets without walking down.
    • In another concept, the station's train shed was more level, with a gentle curve, unlike the final version.
  • According to concept art, Vicarstown's architecture is inspired by various stations including:
  • As of the twenty-second series, it appears in every end segment.
  • Before Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure was developed, Vicarstown was intended to be introduced in the original 2015 script of The Great Race. Additionally, three new trams were to be introduced to run the tramway around the town underneath the station.
  • Vicarstown Drive in Columbus, Ohio, is named after the town.



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