Awdry's Influences

The Isle of Man Railway

Sodor's Island Railway Neighbour!

The Isle of Man is a Railway Island in itself.  Boasting a railway network of several narrow gauge railways, it is probably as close to Sodor as you will ever get.  Quite literally in actual face, as it is meant to be right next to Sodor too according to maps of the Sudrian area!  However, Sodor is found to be slightly larger on account of having to carry standard gauge lines.

The Island plays host to several Railway lines, including the Isle of Man Railway, Groudle Glen Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway and Manx Electric Railway.