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This is the timeline for Tales From the Rhyndale Railway, encompassing elements from both the Television Series and Railway Series.

1829

  • Stephenson's Rocket is built.

1852

1856

  • The Sodor and Mainland Railway is built.
  • Clive, Neil and Matthew arrive on Sodor.

1863

  • Smudger is built.
  • Silver is built.

1864

  • Skarloey is built.
  • Tallyllyn is built.

1865

  • Skarloey arrives on Sodor.

1866

  • Rheneas is built and arrives on Sodor.
  • Dolgoch is built.
  • Skarloey has trailing wheels and a cab installed.

1869

  • Mary and Jane are built.
  • Andrew is built for the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway.

1870

  • The Wellsworth & Suddery Railway is opened.
  • Mary and Jane arrive on Sodor.
  • Andrew's construction is completed.
  • Emily arrives on Sodor.

1879

1880

  • The Mid Sodor Railway opens.

1881

  • Smudger arrives on Sodor.

1882

1883

  • The Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light Railway is opened.
  • Colleen arrives on Sodor.
  • Murtagh is built arrives on Sodor.

1885

  • Rupert is built and shipped to Sodor to work on the Wellsworth & Suddery Railway.

1896

  • Godred arrives on Sodor.
  • Ernest arrives on Sodor.
  • Culdee arrives on Sodor.
  • Shane arrives on Sodor.

1897

  • Construction on the Culdee Fell Railway begins.
  • Wilfred arrives on Sodor.

1900

  • The Culdee Fell Railway is opened.
  • Godred is scrapped after a fall.

1901

  • Proteus is built.
  • Falcon is built.
  • The Culdee Fell Railway is re-opened after receiving further maintenance following the events of Godred's death.

1902

1903

  • Proteus has a fatal accident with gunpowder wagons ignited by wheel sparks from braking.

1904

  • Falcon arrives on Sodor.

1907

  • Fearless Freddie arrives on Sodor.

1908

1910

1911

1914

  • The North Western Railway is formed from the Sodor and Mainland, the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Light and the Wellsworth and Suddery railways.
  • Rupert is scrapped.

1915

  • Thomas arrives on Sodor and is numbered 1.
  • Edward arrives on Sodor and is numbered 2.
  • The Ballahoo tunnel is built.
  • The workshops at Crovan's Gate are established.
  • The bridge over the Walney Channel is built.

1916

  • The Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch is built.

1917

  • The Peel Godred line opens.

1920

  • Stuart is built.

1921

  • Stuart arrives on Sodor.
  • Clive is scrapped.
  • Matthew is scrapped.
  • Colleen is scrapped.
  • Murtagh is scrapped.
  • Mary and Jane are scrapped.
  • Andrew is sheeted and abandoned in a shed.
  • Neil is also sheeted and abandoned.

1922

  • Gordon arrives on Sodor.
  • Henry arrives on Sodor.
  • Lachlan arrives on Sodor.
  • Alfred arrives on Sodor and is shortly sent packing.
  • Sebastian arrives on Sodor and is also sent packing.
  • A second bore is cut for the Ballahoo tunnel after Henry stops in the original.

1923

  • James arrives on Sodor and is overhauled.
  • Flying Scotsman is built.

1924

  • The Rev. Teddy Boston is born.
  • Harvey is built.
  • Lady's construction begins.

1927

  • Lady's construction is completed.

1928

1931

1936

  • Green Arrow is built.

1938

1939

  • Gordon is rebuilt.

1940

  • Christopher Awdry is born.

1941

  • Stephen Topham Hatt is born.

1943

  • Bridget Amanda Hatt is born.

1947

  • The Mid Sodor Railway is closed due to Smudger breaking down.
  • The Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch is closed.
  • Duke is sheeted and abandoned in a shed.
  • Smudger is abandoned.
  • Bertram is sheeted and hidden at an old mine.
  • Fearless Freddie is loaned to the Ffestiniog Railway.
  • Falcon and Stuart are purchased by the aluminium works at Peel Godred for an expansion project.
  • Thomas is given his own Branch Line.

1948

  • The North Western Railway becomes officially known as the "North Western Region of British Railways".
  • Bertie arrives on Sodor.
  • Terence arrives on Sodor.

1949

1950

  • Henry is overhauled.
  • Rheneas is overhauled.
  • Falcon and Stuart are sheeted.
  • Henry is rebuilt into an LMS Stanier Class 5 following his crash.

1951

  • Toby's tramway closes down.
  • Toby arrives on Sodor.
  • Stuart and Falcon are purchased by the Skarloey Railway and renamed "Peter Sam" and "Sir Handel" respectively.
  • Skarloey is overhauled.
  • Cora is purchased for the Skarloey Railway.

1952

  • Trevor is sent to be scrapped.
  • Queen Elizabeth II visits Sodor.

1953

  • Trevor is purchased by Reverend Charles Laxey.
  • Queen Elizabeth II visits Sodor.

1954

  • Nelson arrives on Sodor.
  • Jack arrives on Sodor.
  • Alfie arrives on Sodor.
  • Max and Monty arrive on Sodor.
  • Isobella arrives on Sodor.
  • Patrick arrives on Sodor.

1955

  • Duck arrives on Sodor.
  • Mark V arrives on Sodor.
  • Gertrude and Millicent arrive on Sodor.

1956

  • Sir Topham Hatt I dies.
  • Great Waterton celebrates its first anniversary.
  • Flora visits the North Western Railway.

1957

  • City of Truro visits Sodor.
  • Diesel visits Sodor.
  • Ada, Jane and Mabel arrive on Sodor.

1958

  • Rusty arrives on Sodor.
  • Duncan arrives on Sodor.
  • Skarloey returns from being mended.
  • BBC producers make a documentary about the Skarloey Railway.
  • Thumper arrives on Sodor.
  • Molly is puchased by a private owner.

1959

  • Donald and Douglas arrive on Sodor.
  • The Spiteful Brakevan is crushed by Douglas.
  • Diesel 10 is built.
  • The Rhyndale Railway is founded.
  • The Vicarstown Dieselworks is erected.
  • Norman arrives on Sodor.
  • Paxton arrives on Sodor.
  • Den arrives on Sodor.
  • Dart arrives on Sodor.
  • Sidney is built.

1960

1961

  • Billy is overhauled.
  • Daisy arrives on Sodor.
  • Alan arrives on Sodor.
  • Adam arrives on Sodor.
  • Diesel 10 visits Sodor.
  • Splatter and Dodge visit Sodor.
  • Lady visits Sodor.
  • Edward is overhauled.
  • Flora arrives on Sodor.

1962

  • Hank arrives on Sodor after numerous modifications.
  • Derek is built.
  • Mavis arrives on Sodor.
  • Rheneas returns to the Skarloey Railway.
  • Lord Harry arrives on Sodor.
  • Alaric arrives on Sodor.
  • Eric arrives on Sodor.

1963

  • Billy has an accident with rubble.
  • Derek arrives on Sodor and is sent back to return as a Rhyndale engine.
  • Stepney visits Sodor.
  • Bowler visits Sodor.
  • The Rhyndale Railway opens on June 12.
  • Flora visits the Rhyndale Railway to assist the passenger load.
  • Adam and Alan break down and the electrical cables above the line are removed.

1964

  • The Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branch is re-opened, to be serviced by Duck.
  • Culdee returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • Lord Harry is renamed "Patrick".
  • Neville is rescued by the Bluebell Railway.

1965

  • Shane returns to the Culdee Fell Railway.
  • The one-hundredth anniversary of the Skarloey Railway is celebrated.
  • BoCo arrives on Sodor.

1966

1967

  • Oliver arrives on Sodor.
  • Murdoch is withdrawn from service.
  • After being loaned for twelve years, Stanley is finally purchased by the North Western Railway and numbered 12.
  • Bert, Mike and Rex arrive on Sodor to service the Arlesdale Railway.
  • Reverend W. Awdry and Reverend Teddy Boston visit Sodor.
  • Crovan's Gate Works is rebuilt.
  • Victor arrives on Sodor.
  • Cranky arrives on Sodor.
  • Salty arrives on Sodor.

1968

  • Emily arrives on Sodor and is numbered 13.
  • Arthur arrives on Sodor and is briefly owned by the North Western Railway until he is purchased by the Rhyndale Railway.
  • Murdoch arrives on Sodor.
  • Harvey arrives on Sodor.

1969

  • Bulgy arrives on Sodor.
  • Duke is discovered by Fergus Duncan, the Reverend W. Awdry and the Reverend Teddy Boston.
  • Stephenson's Rocket visits the Rhyndale Railway.

1970

  • The construction of Stephen is completed on January 7th.
  • Charlie arrives on Sodor and is numbered 14.
  • Murdoch is saved from scrap.

1971

1972

  • Rosie is assigned to the Ffarquar Branch.

1973

  • Whiff arrives on Sodor and is numbered 16.
  • Clive Topham Hatt is born.
  • Murdoch's rebuild is completed.
  • The Rhyndale Railway celebrates its sixth anniversary.

1976

  • Jock is built.
  • Bert is given a new shape.

1978

  • Emily Helen Hatt is born.

1980

  • Scruff arrives on Sodor and is numbered 17.
  • Thomas is overhauled.

1981

  • Scruff is assigned the Peel Godred Branch line.

1984

  • Annie and Clarabel are rebuilt.

1985

  • Blister I and II arrive on Sodor.
  • Porter arrives on Sodor and is numbered 18.

1990

  • After Privatisation, the name "North Western Railway" becomes official.
  • Thomas is invited to a railway show in York.
  • Frank is re-engined.

1993

  • Henry is overhauled.

1994

  • Wilbert visits Sodor.
  • Barry is rescued and visits Sodor.

1995

  • Fearless Freddie is damaged beyond repair and is mornfully scrapped.

1996

  • Ivo Hugh is built.

1997

  • The Reverend W. Awdry dies.
  • Sir Topham Hatt II dies.

2006

  • The manager of Anopha Quarry is visited by the police after Henrietta is booked for allowing workmen to ride on her balconies.

2007

  • Victoria is returned to service.

2008

  • Steven Topham Hatt retires.
  • Helen Margaret Hatt becomes the "Fat Controller."

2009

  • Adam and Alan are converted into diesel-electric engines.

2010

  • Stepney, Bluebell, and Captain Baxter's overhauls are completed, and the Bluebell Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • The Railway Series celebrates its sixty-fifth anniversary.
  • Wilbert is scheduled to be back in service after a major overhaul.

2011

  • Pip and Emma are purchased by the North Western Railway.
  • The North Western Railway celebrates the Reverend W. Awdry's 100th birthday.

2013

  • The Rhyndale Railway celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

2015

  • The Skarloey Railway celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary.

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