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North West Railway
Vital statistics
Type Railway
Level Unknown
Opened 1914
Closed Unknown
Location Island of Sodor
Inhabitants Unknown

The North West Railway (NWR, also known as the North Western Railway) is the main railway on the Island of Sodor. The main line runs from Tidmouth to the mainland. There are many branch lines as well. The current controller of the railway is Emily Helen Hatt, who succeeded Sir Stephen Topham Hatt.

The railway's motto is "Nil unquam simile" which means "There is nothing quite like it".


The North West Railway was formed in 1914 after the three original railways of Sodor needed money because all three were going bankrupt. It involved the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light Railway, Wellsworth and Suddery Railway and Sodor & Mainland Railway

In 1948, the North West Railway was nationalised and it became the North West Region of British Railways, however it was allowed to keep a degree of independence from the rest of the network, as the term was never really used (this allowed the railway to avoid the effects of the 1955 Modernisation Plan and the Beeching Axe). When the Railway Act of 1993 was signed and British Rail began the process of privatisation, the railway reverted back the North West Railway name.

Unlike the modern rail system on the mainland, the North West Railway is completely responsible for all of its locomotives, rolling stock, track, infrastructure and having no ties to Network Rail or any other franchises. This, however, does not mean that the NWR is completely stuck in the past. All passenger trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, and almost all goods trains convert from vans, trucks and tankers to containers on flatcars at a container yard near Knapford, since small wagonload freight was eliminated from the mainland network in the 1970s for being inefficient.

Railway Lines

Constituents of the NWR, circa 1914