The Railway Series
The North Western Railway established Vicarstown Sheds as its main Motive Power Depot in 1915. The bulk of its main line fleet was stationed here, as was Thomas, Vicarstown's station pilot. It was a 'dead end' type shed with six roads.
Following the 1925 agreement with the LMS to allow NWR trains as far as Barrow-in-Furness, the sheds were no longer required. It was closed in 1928, and a smaller one was erected for engines operating the car-ferry service. The turntable was taken up and installed at Barrow, while the main Motive Power Depot moved to Tidmouth.
Thomas & Friends
Vicarstown Sheds was a five berth roundhouse shed, built in the same architectural style as Tidmouth Sheds. The sheds are located in a windy place close to the sea, so tender engines need to be on the turntable just right or they would put it out of balance. Gordon was once unable to get into the right position, and was forced to pull the express backwards. Sometime later, he fell into the nearby ditch while trying to jam the turntable, to avoid taking a goods train. Some time after Nia came to Sodor, Henry decided to reside in the sheds with Rosie. The sheds seemed to be rebuilt as a two road shed.
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- According to concept art by Robert Gauld-Galliers, the sheds was originally planned as “Knapford Engine Shed”.
- Vicarstown Sheds was later renovated to Tidmouth Sheds by repainting, adding one berth and changing the side walls, as noted by a tooling split seen in the first to third series.
- This seems to be the reason why the sheds only appeared in the first series before the twenty-second series.