Arlesburgh West is the top station of Duck's Branch Line. The station is also the terminal of the Arlesdale Railway, and was the harbour station of the Mid Sodor Railway.
History and Workings
The station was first opened to serve the nearby harbour in 1880. The North Western Railway extended the line to Arlesburgh in 1916, but after the Mid Sodor Railway was closed in 1947, both the station of Arlesburgh West and the branch line closed too. In 1967, the station was reopened, and since then, the ballast from the mines on the Arlesdale Railway has been brought down to the station for the standard gauge railway.
The station yard has an engine sheds for the Little Western engines, a turntable for Donald and Douglas, and a ballast chute, where the ballast from the small engines' trucks was poured into the standard gauge trucks below.
The Arlesdale Railway also has their own steam engine shed, diesel engine shed, carriage shed, turntable and yard at the station. It had a single platform on the south at first, but it has been supplemented by another on the north side of the station. A wall behind its whole lenght was erected together with a platform canopy giving much needed shelter in blustery weather. There are also a cabin that not only house the point and signal levers controlling all movements int he station area, but also for the use of Traffic Control, and holds the Radio Transceiving apparatus necessary for this purpose.
Arlesburgh West first appeared in the Railway Series in the book, Small Railway Engines. Since then, it made numerous appearances in future Railway Series books until the final one, Thomas and his Friends. The station building's design contributed to the design of Callan station in the fourth season of the television series.