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The Skarloey Railway is a narrow-gauge railway which runs from the NWR's Crovans Gate station to Skarloey. Beyond that station, it leads to a slate quarry. It was first introduced in the eleventh book, Four Little Engines published in 1955 and season four of the television series called Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

From 1955 to 1970Edit

In Four Little Engines, the Skarloey Railway made its debut. Edward talked to Skarloey about what that railway looks like and the little narrow-gauge engine missed Rheneas as he had gone to Crovan's Gate to be repaired. Sir Handel and Peter Sam were later introduced, which they had two mishaps with derailing and a near-miss for Peter Sam's last passenger connecting Henry's passenger train. Sir Handel later derailed and Skarloey had to take the passengers, but travelled on one spring since the other snapped and he tilts. Sir Handel Brown tells him that he will be mended at Crovan's Gate.

In The Little Old Engine, Peter Sam's funnel cracked in an accident at the slate quarry and Duncan was stuck in a tunnel as the new engine was being grumpy and once worked in a factory. Duncan gets derailed and Rusty rescues him following an insult that Rusty the narrow-gauge diesel was called as "smelly". The Scottish narrow-gauge engine apologises for the insult and joins Rusty as a friend. Later, a television train was set up and it was a success across the Skarloey Railway. Skarloey also revealed that Talyllyn is his brother working on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales.

In Gallant Old Engine, Peter Sam's funnel was changed to a Giesl ejector and Sir Handel defeated George which caused an accident between both road and rail. Duncan stalled his train on the Skarloey Railway Viaduct causing the passengers to be angry with him and Rheneas brought his passengers home before a full commeration on the Skarloey Railway for riding on one cylinder. The railway's engines also met Culdee whose railway rides on mountains in two stories of Mountain Engines. On the 100th birthday of Skarloey and Rheneas, the Skarloey Railway celebrated with a loop line being constructed and the Duke of Sodor was the guest of honour.

The railway also appeared in Duke the Lost Engine where Sir Handel and Peter Sam were brought to and Duke living with the railway's locomotives in one illustration. Illustrators included for the Skarloey Railway's illustrations include C. Reginald Dalby, John T. Kenney & Peter and Gunvor Edwards. The five books were made by Wilbert Awdry from 1955 to 1970 before a three book absence of the railway due to the North Western Railway's appearances in 1972, 1983 and 1984.

LocationsEdit

  • Crovan’s Gate
    • Crovan’s Gate Mining Company
    • Skarloey Railway Engine Shed
    • Sodor Steamworks
    • Transfer Yards
  • Blue Mountain Quarry right by Shane Dooiney Mountain
    • Blondin Bridge
  • Ulfstead
    • Ulfstead Castle
  • Skarloey Station
    • Skarloey Railway Slate Quarry / The Incline Railway
  • Rheneas Station
    • Rheneas Viaduct
    • Rheneas Tunnel / Tunnel Section
  • The Wharf in Norramby
  • Glennock
    • Sodor Castle
  • Boulder Quarry in Ulfstead
  • Standard & Narrow Gauge Tunnel Runby
  • Skarloey Coal Yard / The Coal Mine (between Green Hills Junction & Rheneas Tunnel)
  • Skarloey Railway Depot
  • Cros-ny-Cuirn
  • The Old Wooden Bridge
  • Bluebell Valley
  • Lakeside
    • Lakeside Bridge
    • Lakeside Junction
    • Neptune’s Refreshments
  • Washdowns (1 at the Skarloey Railway Slate Quarry, 1 by the Crovan’s Gate Mining Company, 1 by the Skarloey Railway Engine Shed & 1 at the Square Village)
  • Old Iron Bridge
    • Cattle Creek (below the Old Iron Bridge)
  • Mountain Village Station
  • The Mountain Line
  • Elephant Park
  • Skarloey Bridge
  • Echo Pass
    • Echo Pass Ravine
  • Culdee Fell
    • Culdee Caves
    • Culdee Fell Hill
  • Tea Room Station
    • 1 Shunting Yard (Tea Room Station Yard)
  • Ward Fell
  • Rumblin Bridge
  • The Old Trestle Bridge
  • Vicarstown Goods Depot in Vicarstown
    • Standard Gauge & Narrow Gauge Viaduct
  • Hillside Mill
  • Middle Station
  • Strawberry Grove
  • The Mountain Road
  • Hill Farm
  • Rocky Ridge Line
  • Rheneas Bridge
  • Ben Glas (River)
  • Proteus’ Statue
  • Green Hills Junction
    • The Man in the Hills (Figure)
  • Skarloey Funicular Railway
  • Hawin Doorey (River)
  • Whispering Waterfall
  • Percival Pond
  • The Showgrounds
  • The Campsite
  • Mr. Percival’s House
  • Daisy Halt
  • Valley View
  • The Rocky Way
  • The Sheep Farm
  • Hatoin Doorey River
  • Summer Station
  • Skarloey Railway Apple Orchard
  • Sodor Country Park
  • The Abandoned Mine & Cottage
  • The Cracky Track
  • The Ski Slopes
  • Village Square
  • Balladwail
  • The Cable Railway
    • The Cable Car
  • Lumber Mill