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Vicarstown (often misspelled as Vickerstown)[1] is the largest city on the far eastern side of Sodor.


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 shed was 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.




  • 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.
  • Vicarstown Drive in Columbus, Ohio, is named after the town.


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