Cronk-ny-Braaid, or the Hill in the Valley, more famously known as Cronk, is named so because the town was built on a curious rocky outcrop in the centre of the valley leading to the heart of Sodor. This incredibly defensive structure led to its development into a fortified town. A castle was built here in the twelfth century.

Cronk is roughly halfway along the North Western Railway's main line between Barrow-in-Furness and Tidmouth.

Kevin Volley was stationmaster of Cronk Station around 1960.

Just to the west is The Viaduct where Gordon once had his dome blown off in 1957. A few miles to the north is a public school and the ruins of Cronk Abbey, both of which are serviced by Abbey Station on the Peel Godred Branch Line.

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