The Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light Railway is a railway that was horse-operated and later taken by the "Coffee Pots" who were engines building up the extension straight to Tidmouth which will later be the NWR headquarters from 1914.


Although it was horse-operated, British Prime Minister Gladstone opened the railway known as Knapford and Elsbridge which this will go from Elsbridge up to Knapford and Queen Victoria agreed with the project. Gladstone served eleven years (1868-1874 and 1880-1885) as the United Kingdom's Prime Minister before and after Disraeli from 1874 to 1880. Under Herbert Asquith's government, Sir Topham Hatt who was the railway's engineer had designed engines nicknamed "Coffee Pots" to build an extension to Tidmouth by starting work from Knapford. The line became known as the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway.

Also from Asquith in 1912, the railway joined the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway to become the Tidmouth, Wellsworth and Suddery Railway with Sir Topham Hatt keeping his position and work starting from Knapford down to the curved down station. The Sodor & Mainland Railway later joined in 1914 becoming the North Western Railway in the same year as the First World War starting on August the 4th. The Duke of Sodor, Charles Henry Norramby decided to enlist himself in the Sodor Regiment. He later retired with the rank of Lieutenant General and returned to the throne in being the Duke of Sodor.

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