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Thomas' Branch Line is Thomas' own line, which he earned after helping James when he had a nasty accident. He loves it dearly and considers it the most important part of the entire railway. The section between Knapford and Elsbridge was the original route of the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway.

History[]

A harbour line from Elsbridge to Knapford was opened in 1885 and used horse-pulled wagons. Later after the Tidmouth, Wellsworth and Suddery Railway and the Sodor and Mainland Railway were joined into the North Western Railway the horses were replaced by steam engines. In 1915 a bay platform was opened at Knapford and was connected via a Branch. After 1947, Thomas was sent to run the line.

The lead mines at Toryreck closed in 1930, but opportunities of stone traffic from Ffarquhar opened and the line to Elsbridge was extended. In 1956, the improvement scheme of the harbour at Knapford was started, the branch to the harbour was rebuilt on an easier gradient and the stations were moved north of the river. The harbour line is now used for goods.

Points of Interests[]

  • Knapford
    • Knapford Yard
      • Annie and Clarabel's Shed
    • Knapford Harbor
      • Sodor Shipping Company
      • Knapford Harbor Bridges
      • North Knapford Harbor
      • South Knapford Harbor
        • Knapford Beach
      • Knapford Airfield
      • Rolling Gantry Cranes
      • The Harbor Line
    • Sir Topham Hatt’s Office
    • MC BUNN
    • Knapford Bus Yard / Bertie’s Bus Yard
    • Engine Driver’s Common Room
    • The Bookstall
    • Toy Shop
    • The road entrance at Knapford
    • Knapford Junction
    • Knapford Signalbox
    • Knapford Air Field
    • Knapford Sheds
    • Knapford Yard
      • The Coaling Station
    • Knapford Crossing
    • Knapford Church
    • Knapford Signal Runby
    • Small Shunting Yard
  • Dryaw
    • Dryaw Goods Station
    • Dryaw Goods Yards
    • Dryaw Football Club
    • Dryaw Airfield
    • Dryaw School
    • The Hay Farm
    • Dryaw Signal Runby
    • Dryaw Crossing
    • Dryaw Hill & Runaway Siding
  • Toryreck
    • The Lead Mines
    • Toryreck Engine Sheds
    • Toryreck Shed
    • Toryreck Bridge
    • Toryreck Junction
    • Toryreck Fields
  • Crowe’s Farm
    • The Level Crossing
  • Flower Shop (south of Crowe’s Farm)
  • Elsbridge
    • Sodor Dairy
    • Elsbridge Viaduct
      • River Els
    • Elsbridge Cricket Field
    • Sodor Trek & Leisure
    • 1 Shunting Yard (Elsbridge Yards)
      • The Carriage Sheds
      • Elsbridge Engine Shed
    • Elsbridge Crossing
    • Elsbridge Signal Runby
    • The Old Elsbridge Line
    • Elsbridge Signal Box
  • Hackenbeck
    • Hackenbeck Bridge
    • Hackenbeck Tunnel
    • Mrs. Kyndley’s Cottage
    • Hackenbeck (stream)
    • Hackenbeck Canal
    • Hackenbeck Cutting
    • Hackenbeck Signal Box
    • Hackenbeck Road
  • Finney’s Farm
    • Finney’s Field
  • Ffarquhar
    • Ffarquhar Engine Sheds
    • 1 Shunting Yard (Ffarquhar Yard)
    • Ffarquhar River Bridge
    • Ffarquhar Station Master’s House
    • Ffarquhar Mountain
    • Ffarquhar Loop
  • The Quarry Tramroad
  • The Narrow Gorge
  • Anopha Quarry / Center Island Quarry / Ffarquhar Quarry
    • The Quarry Construction Site
    • Mavis’ Shed
    • The Coaling Station
  • The Windmill (Post Windmill)
  • McColl Farm / Farmer McColl’s Farm
  • Sports Field Halt
  • The Watermill
    • River Callan
  • Farmer Trotter’s Pig Farm / Trotter’s Pig Farm
  • Maithwaite
    • Maithwaite Quarry Mine / The Abandoned Mine / The Haunted Mine
    • Maithwaite ForestKnapford
      • The Lightning TreeKnapford
    • Maithwaite Showground
    • Maithwaite Crossing
    • Maithewaite Yard
  • Terence’s Field
  • Rail Under Road Bridge & Singalbox
  • Road & Rail Runby & Road Bridge
  • RiverKnapford Callan
  • Farmer Trotter’s Field
  • Sodor Poster Colors / the Paint Works
  • Mountain Junction
  • McConnell’s Farm
  • The Boatyards
  • Bridge Over Tunnel Runby
    • A nearby cottage
  • Arlesdale End
    • Toby’s Shed
  • Sodor Hay Company / The Hay Fields
    • The Hay Field Bridge
  • Collett’s Farm
    • Gallow’s End
  • Barleycorn Farm
  • Turntable Bridge
  • The Branch Line Cutting
  • The Flooded Tracks
  • The Runaway Siding
  • Ruth’s Workshop
  • The Buckled Tracks (sometimes)
  • The Forest Track
  • Wide-Arched Bridge
  • The Branch Line Bridge
  • The Pin Down Brakes Railway Area
  • Church Runby
  • The Runaway Siding
  • Callan River
  • The Valley Bridge
  • Sit Topham Hatt’s Holiday House
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