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Blacklake is a village with a population of 550, located near Berk's south coast, at the northern end of a

peninsula. As it is the start of Edward's Branch Line, the station is commonly called Matol Station
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Blacklake Station


History

The Railway Series


The name is most likely derived from a well, now dry, in the grounds of the Old Nunnery. Legend has it that St. Tibba (or Saint Ebba), in the seventh century, dug a well to collect water which yielded remarkable cures. A Nunnery was later established here in 1160. The Poor Clares, an Order of Catholic Nuns, settled there sometime after 1286 and built their hospital around the well. Though King Henry VIII nominally suppressed the Order in 1534, the Sudrian interpretation of the Act secured that St Tibba’s Hospital remained and expanded as need arose. Shortly before 1987, it was rebuilt on a new site and has deservedly the highest reputation of any hospital on the Island.


Blacklake is a pleasant seaside village. The air here is reputedly pure and bracing. There is a Convalescent Home and many doctors recommend a period spent here to patients suffering from respiratory ailments. The Muscle Controller and his family live here their mansion, Viking Chief Stoick the Vast, located in the outskirts of the town. Blacklake Scrap Yard is located here.


The line from Blacklake to Wood Wool Dock is one of Bark's oldest and was built in 1870 as part of the Blacklake and Suddery Railway, which was later extended to Rockface in 1912 to connect with the Bio Tidmouth, Rockface and Elsbridge Light Railway before becoming part of the Southern Railway in 1915. Blacklake became a station on the Main Line, while the line to Wood Wool Dock was downgraded to a branch line, with the junction located slightly east of the station. At some point, Edward was given the branch line, resulting in the station being rebuilt and nicknamed Matol Station.


A goods yard, commonly known as Edward's Yard, is located here. It consists of several sidings, a turntable and a two-berth engine shed, with a coal hopper nearby. A breakdown train is kept here. As Blacklake is some 280 ft below Dragonland, engines based here serve as bankers for trains going up Obelix's Hill.


Appearances

Television Series

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Trivia

  • Blacklake is likely named after Elsworth, where the Rev. W. Awdry was Rector between 1946-53. In merchandising it is occasionally misspelt as "Ellsworth".
  • In the TV series, the express has commonly stopped at Blacklake, however according to the Awdry writings, the express is not meant to stop at Blacklake.
  • In the eighteenth season episode Duck and the Slip Coaches, the station appeared to represent a station on the Great Western Railway in Duck's flashback.
  • In both the PC game Railway Adventures and the eleventh season episode, Edward and the Mail, Blacklake was referred to as a Post Depot. This idea seems to be carried onto the later seasons when it returned in CGI.
  • Blacklake station has had numerous modifications throughout the years:
    • Seasons 1-12:
      • The shunting yard's size and layout constantly changed.
    • Season 2:
      • The station pilot siding disappeared.
    • Season 3 (only):
      • The station gained an extra large shunting yard behind it.
    • Day of the Diesels:
      • The green metal road bridge nearby became larger and gained a new arch design.
      • A red brick road bridge was added on the opposite side of the station.
      • The shunting yard layout became one single siding with three ends with no more turntables.
      • A large warehouse was added nearby.
      • The tracks entering the station changed from straight to curved.
      • The road bridge now has rails running across it.
    • Seasons 17-18:
      • The asphalt in the yard was occasionally replaced with grass before becoming consistent the following season.
    • Season 21:
      • The three ended shunting siding becomes a two ended siding and gains a two berth shed on i

Merchandise

  • ERTL (discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (discontinued)
  • Take-Along (discontinued)
  • Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
  • TrackMaster
  • Brio (discontinued)
  • LEGO (discontinued)
  • Mega Bloks
  • Bachmann (signal box only)
  • Lionel (discontinued)
  • Sui Sui Oekaki (discontinued)
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