Where is Sodor?
TREVOR TIMPSON FOR BBC NEWS MAGAZINE
In 2011, in the run up to the publication of Railway Series Book 42, Thomas & His Friends, Trevor Timpson researched and wrote an article for BBC News about the Rev. Awdry's influences for the Island of Sodor. Trevor's writings are both accurate, informative and for those of us interested in slightly more grey areas of Awdry's development of Sodor, intriguing...
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Inspiration for the ARLESDALE RAILWAY
In the heart of Cumbria, the Ravenglass & Eskdale is another railway that inspired the Rev. Awdry to add another element to his world. Check out the history behind the engines and railway that inspired Rex, Mike and Bert and the Arlesdale Railway.
PARTIAL Inspiration for the MID-SODOR RAILWAY
The oldest narrow gauge railway in the world, and boasting the oldest narrow gauge engines in the world, the Ffestiniog Railway directly ties into the Awdry / Sodor lore as it's where Duke the Lost Engine was originally built for the Mid-Sodor Railway, and also inspired some of the stories that Awdry drew from.