Crovan's Gate is a town near a narrow gap in the hills that is the only practicable route into the centre of Sodor from the east. The town's station is the terminus of the Skarloey Railway and the location of the Works, where the North Western Railway engines go to be repaired. The town's motto is "Ave amicos cave hostes", which, translated, means "Welcome, friends; beware, enemies".
In the Railway Series
The town is named after Godred Crovan, who saved Sodor from a Viking invasion. After a warring band of Vikings landed nearby, they were lured to a small pass which led to the centre of Sodor and attacked. The Vikings retreated to their boats, only to find they had all been burnt by another party who had hidden nearby.
By 1865, the terminus, sheds and yards for the Skarloey Railway were built here as well as a single platform station. Crovan's Gate Mining Company was based here.
The Works, established in 1915, are possibly the best equipped for steam engine restoration in the British Isles - they are capable of any repair, overhaul, or restoration job for any locomotive on the Island. The Works can also manufacture steam engines and Sir Topham Hatt has been looking into the possibility of manufacturing parts for engines on heritage railways.
In the Railway Series, Crovan's Gate station and works appeared in Four Little Engines, The Eight Famous Engines, The Little Old Engine, Gallant Old Engine, Mountain Engines, Very Old Engines, Duke the Lost Engine, Really Useful Engines, Great Little Engines, Henry and the Express and New Little Engine.
In the Television Series
The Works were located at several places around the Island other than Crovan's Gate.
Crovan's Gate appeared as a three part station with four standard gauge platforms and two narrow gauge ones. It was also used to represent one of the stations on the Mid Sodor Railway in the fourth season episode, You Can't Win.
- According to the 1958 Railway Series Island of Sodor Reference map, "Engines are made and repaired at Crovan's Gate", but there are no engines so far documented as having been built there for the North Western Railway.