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NWR Timeline

Timeline

1853

  • First railway, The Sodor & Mainland Railway, opens on 3rd June on Sodor. Neil, Clive and Mathew arrive to work there.

1870

  • Wellsworth & Suddery opens on 4th May. Adam, Lily and Colin arrive to work there.

1880

1885

  • Tidmouth, Knapford & Elsbridge Light Railway is opened on 29th September. Eagle and Wallace arrive to work there.

1901

  • Because of financial failure, The Sodor & Mainland Railway is forced to shut down by the Sodor Government. Neil, Clive and Mathew sent to India for industrial work.
  • Sir Topham Hatt I arrives at Sodor from the UK to become a member of A.W.Dry & Co.

1905

  • Mr Topham Hatt I starts building the coffee-pots, starting with Glynn.

1908

  • Last coffee-pot built, Zeyryn.

1909

1910

  • Tidmouth Station starts building on 3rd May.
  • Tidmouth Station is completed on 7th August.

1911

1913

  • Timothy arrives to help out on Wellsworth & Suddery.

1914

  • Sodor Government Forming Meeting of 1914 begins on 22nd of Feburary.
  • Charles Hatt (1914-1997) is born on 14th March.
  • North Western Railway officially opens on 5th May. First branchline service from Wellsworth to Brendam run by Wallace, Winston and Eagle.
  • World War I is announced on 28th July.
  • Timothy takes passenger train Brendam to Tidmouth before kills himself and his passengers at 10:25 while crossing over the unfinished viaduct.

1915

  • Edward and George arrive on 3rd May. They run the branchline service from Wellsworth to Brendam.

1916

  • Mr Topham Hatt I is knighted as "Sir Topham Hatt" by King George V.
  • Ffarquhar Branch Line begins constructing on 7th July.

1917

  • Ffarquhar Branch Line officially opens on 2nd May. The Coffee Pots run the branch line.

1918

  • World War I ends on 11 November. Party is celebrated at Tidmouth.
  • Because of wasting money on war supplies, NWR goes bankrupt. The Mainland helps out.

1919

  • Due to LNER orders, 5/7 of the coffee pots are scrapped. Zeyryn sold to the LMS and Glynn is put out of industrial work and put into a siding at Ffarquhar. Ffarquhar operation shuts down.

1920

  • Sir Topham Hatt I is forced to sell three of his locomotives--Winston, Adam and Lily--leading to industrial troubles.

1921

  • The Railways Act, 1921 starts.

1922

  • Henry, Alfred and Crovan arrive on trial on 2nd March. Henry becomes Number 3 next day.

1923

  • Gordon arrives on 6th April.
  • NWR is threatened to shut down or join the LMS.

1924

  • Thomas/102 "accidentally" arrives on Sodor when he's not meant to be there on 4th May. He stays the next day.
  • Ffarquhar begins its extension to Ffarquhar Quarry on 7th July.
  • After rescuing James, Thomas is the head of Ffarquhar Branch Line.

1925

  • Alfred/98462 commits a failed plot during 'NWR 11'. Fails and dies. Crovan/87546 is sent to the scrap heap.
  • LMS lets go of NWR.

1934

  • Henry Stuarts is assasinated.

1939

  • World War II is officially announced inn the UK on 3rd September.

1940

  • Christopher Awdry is born on 2nd July.
  • The Blitz arrives to Sodor.

1941

  • Stephen Hatt (1941-) is born on 16th May.
  • Colin rescues Knapford by taking away Nazi Gunpowder during the end of the Blitz in May, only to be blown to bits.
  • The Blitz ends--4,000 deaths in Sodor, 19,000 injured.

1943

  • Bridget Hatt (1943-) is born.

1944

  • Eagle moves burning gunpowder out of Wellsworth, and burns to death. Mourned by the NWR.

1945

  • Christopher Awdry is marooned on Sodor.
  • Sodor Commanding Platoon is formed, consisting of Thomas, Edward and George.
  • Christopher goes missing, Sodor Commanding Platoon goes on a search.
  • End of World War II in Europe on 8th May.
  • The Three Railway Engines is published on 12th May.
  • End of World War II in the world on 2nd September.

1946

1947

  • Sir Topham Hatt I is forced to sell Wallace to the LMS.

1948

  • NWR becomes nationalised into British Railways.
  • Henry recieves Welsh coal to help him with his troubles.
  • The Great Strike of 1948 begins in early-September when Henry, Gordon and James refuse to shunt like common tank engines.
  • Percy is purchased by Sir Topham Hatt I.
  • James the Red Engine is published in September.
  • The Great Strike of 1948 ends in late-November.

1949

  • Henry has an accident with the Flying Kipper in January. Sent to Crewe. Returns in Spring.
  • Tank Engine Thomas Again is published. The Railway Series is becoming extremly popular by this point.

1950

1951

  • Henry the Green Engine is published.
  • Sir Topham Hatt I goes on holiday with Stephen Hatt and Bridget Hatt in Summer. They meet Toby and his coach, Henrietta. Topham Hatt purchases him.

1952

1953

  • The new English Queen (1926-) visits Sodor.
  • Gordon the Big Engine is published.
  • Edward gets an overhaul.

1954

  • Sir Topham Hatt I retires, his son, Charles Hatt, takes over as 'Sir Topham Hatt II'.
  • Edward the Blue Engine is published.

1955

  • Duck arrives on Sodor to help out with industrial work at Knapford.
  • Soon, Diesel arrives for a trial. Tells lies about Duck and Henry, and fails to tell a lie about Thomas. Is sent packing.
  • Duck crashes into a barbershop building during his banishment.
  • Four Little Engines is published.

1956

  • Percy the Small Engine is published in early-September.
  • Thomas and his friends are invited to visit London. They visit on 14th September.
  • Retired-Bertram Hatt dies on 16th September when the NWR engines return.

1957

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