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A 'gritty reboot' of the Rev. Awdry's universe, modelling Sudrian Railways from 1905-1970. Including The North Western Railway/The Tidmouth, Knapford & Ffarquhar Railway/The Skarloey Railway

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Sudrian Spotlight - B. H. S. Co. No.14

Toot toot! A new Sudrian Spotlight is out! This time it's the product of the fictional expansion and life-extension of the Barrow Hematite Steel Company. Hunslet 48150 Class No.14....  

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Sudrian Spotlight - NWR Alumina Hoppers

This spotlight focuses on the Alumina wagons for the Tidmouth-Peel Godred traffic, heavily inspired by the NE ones used on the Burntisland (which I fumble the pronunciation of) to Fort William route.          

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Making Art Deco-Style Sudrian Posters

Hello, I have been entertaining myself with trying to make posters for the North Western Railway in a sort of Art Deco style to try and root my version of the NWR in the world and give it more than just some models. Here's how I did it!       If you are interested in buying one, my shop is here:   https://www.railwaymania.net/shop

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Steam, Snow and Sound FX on the NWR

Tidmouth Yards, Winter 1960. An intrepid enthusiast has braved the cold weather to capture some rare colour footage of NWR and SCC locos at work. The tight confines of the yard here make for some interesting shunting manoeuvres.   This is something I've been working on for a while, I hope you enjoy it! I wanted to give the impression of a small story unfolding, but with no voiceover or titles, just the engines going about their business as if someone was really filming them. This vide

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Sudrian Spotlight - Tidmouth, Knapford & Ffarquhar No.5

Well, I've been asked over and over to feature Thomas, but I wanted to lay down some groundwork first, so here's No.301's predecessor on the Ffarquhar branch, TK&F No.5! I've included a bit of info on my version of the TK&F, which deviates heavily from Awdry's original.

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Bagnall 0-4-0ST 'Bill' - Spotlight

The first Spotlight video - an up close and personal look at Sodor China Clay Co. No.1 'Bill', a radio controlled 'bash' using an ERTL diecast loco.   Hope you enjoy!  

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Sudrian Histories is now on YouTube too...

After much deliberating, I've decided to take the plunge and make videos about the Sudrian Histories project! It's hosted on the Railway Mania channel. Here's the introduction, which gives an outline/insight into the grand scheme. Hope you enjoy!

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Nil Unquam Simile

With the Nailsea Show fast approaching, the first public outing of the NWR looms, so I've been giving a lot of thought to the display. I've long wanted to make my own version of the NWR logo as described by Awdry, here's my current attempt.   "Per saltire azure and vert, Two gloves argent saltirewise  in fess a rose of Lancaster proper 1st Azure a wheel or winged of same dexter vert a fleece argent, sinister vert a mattock argent hafted or  base azure herrings naiant argent

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NWR ex-ROD 2-8-0s Nos.700-703 - Info Sheet

FACT SHEET   NWR No. 700-703   NWR Name: Erin, Triumph, Vanguard, Powerful   Wheel Arrangement 2-8-0/2-8-4T   Builder Various   Class ROD 2-8-0 (GCR 8K)   History   The first locos of this class were among those drafted in by the ROD to operate the newly-formed NWR during WW1. Upon cessation of hostilities, masses of these heavy goods locos were surplus to requirements and put up for sale. The embryonic company,

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(Shake, Rattle and) Roaring 20s

An action-packed photo here from the 1920s showing ex-TK&F No.6 leading a string of lead hoppers into the yard whilst two goods trains pass on the main line above. China clay and empty alumina trucks in transit to Tidmouth, milk and fish heading east. Just visible behind No.301 is the tender of one of the ex-ROD locos lending banking assistance out of the steeply graded docks branch.   The mighty air-braked hopper wagon is also visible. This was designed to be attached to passenger

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NWR No.901 'Revenge' - Info Sheet

FACT SHEET NWR No. 901 NWR Name: Revenge Wheel Arrangement 2-8-0+0-8-2 Builder Beyer Peacock, Gorton Works, Manchester, 1924 Class Beyer-Garratt History Since Cronk and Maron are much higher than Suddery Junction near Wellsworth, the four miles at a ruling gradient of 1 in 45 have through the years been a testing ground for NWR locomotives. Bankers are stationed at Wellsworth specifically for this section. In 1924 the NWR ordered an articulated 2

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'What's in a Name?' Part 2

The trends of my naming conventions are rough but follow a sort of convention. This is meant to reflect changing attitudes and preferences in the management of the NWR, and how they want to present themselves. I've added notes below in italics to explain the thinking behind each era.   Passenger/Mixed traffic locos   Manx/Sudrian authors, poets, notable historical figures - mainly locos that were there when the NWR was formed 1915-1920 e.g. Edward Faragher, Thomas Allen

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NWR No.403 'Thorkell' - Info Sheet

FACT SHEET NWR No. 403 NWR Name Thorkell Wheel Arrangement 2-6-0 Builder Royal Arsenal, Woolwich/NWR Crovan’s Gate Works   Class Maunsell SECR N Class Mogul (NWR Rebuild) History The N Class of mixed traffic 2-6-0 locomotives was designed in 1914 by Richard Maunsell. Production of the first batch was delayed by the outbreak of the First World War. Assembly began towards the end of the war and the first locomotive, No. 810, emerged from Ashford Works fo

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The TK&F - Braking

In the early days, train brakes were not of much concern to the Knapford and Elsbridge Tramway, all the trains being unfitted goods, slowed either by the brakes on the loco or by pinning down the wagon brakes. It was not until 1904 that the company had to confront this issue, with the expiration of the contract for the W&S to supply passenger services. Both the 0-6-0T No.5, and the two new Kitsons arrived fitted with only steam brakes on the loco, and it was not until 1906 that all locos w

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NWR No.308 'William Montagu' - Info Sheet

FACT SHEET   NWR No. 308   NWR Name: William Montagu   Wheel Arrangement 0-6-0PT   Builder Great Western Railway (North British Loco Co.)   Class 5700   Purchased by NWR 1937 (on hire from 1931)   'Prototype' Info   The legendary GWR 5700 class needs no introduction, but how one of these useful locomotives ended up in the North West requires explanation. In 1929, the GWR was building hundreds of pannier

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Maps!

This is something of a work in progress, but since it's likely to be a work in progress for a long time, I'm going to post about it now and update later.   I've long wanted to map out 'my' NWR, and various places along the route, to work out what kind of traffic sources and destinations I have, and plan my timetables and traffic requirements appropriately.   Which leads me to this - a map of 'my' Tidmouth. If it looks familiar, that's because the basis for it is an old map of

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