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Edwardsbranchline

A map of the line

Edward's Branch Line is Edward's own line and it runs from Wellsworth along a peninsula to Brendam. BoCo and occasionally Donald and Douglas assist in running the line (Railway Series only). Thomas also worked on the branch line while a bridge was being repaired on his own branch line.

The bigger engines are forbidden to travel along the line due to the weaker rail construction, however Gordon was once switched onto the branch line with the express by accident. This however has changed in the television series.

History and operations

The branch, originally part of the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway, opened in 1870. The eastern end became a branch line after the North Western Railway opened in 1915.

The branch serves Suddery, the Island's capital. There is extensive china clay traffic to and from Brendam. There are also peak passenger "through" trains to and from Tidmouth, at other times there is a local service from Wellsworth to Brendam, Edward and BoCo work the line, but these two are by no means the only motive power employed. The passenger services through Tidmouth are provided between 8 and 10am and 5 to 7pm. This service is supplemented at other times by push-pull trains from Wellsworth.

Stations

From Wellsworth, which includes a station yard and junction to the branch, trains travel to Suddery, and finally terminate at Brendam, where an extensive harbour and engine sheds are located. There is a private quarry line to the China Clay Works, serviced by Bill and Ben.

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