"Nil unquam simile"
— The railway's motto

The North Western Railway (NWR) is the main standard gauge railway network on the Island of Sodor, formed following the amalgamation of Sodor's standard gauge railways in 1914. From nationalisation on January 1st 1948 until privatisation on January 1st 1997, it was the North Western Region of British Railways. Richard Topham Hatt is the current Controller.


The North Western Railway was formed in 1914 by the Government-backed amalgamation of the Sodor & Mainland Railway, Wellsworth & Suddery Railway and Tidmouth, Knapford & Elsbridge Light Railway. The reasons for the founding of the railway was two-fold; for many years Sudrians had wanted an island-wide transportation network and a reliable connection to the Mainland to drive economic growth and fuel investment. The failure of the Sodor & Mainland, however, resulted in several small rail networks springing up instead and while they were moderately prosperous, they lacked the ability to truly thrive. In the waning years of the 19th century, a group advocating for the amalgamation of these small networks sprang up led by Albert Regaby, Lord Harwick. The bankruptcy of the S&M in put such discussion to bed, as neither of the surviving railways saw merit in taking over the burden of the S&M or taking the same costly risks it did.

Lord Harwick refused to give up on the idea, and continued the fight for an island wide rail network. Regaby was motivated by his role in reaching the History of the Island of Sodor, which revealed tales of a proud, prosperous Kingdom, now degenerated to a poor territory of little significance. He noted that the small networks brought local economic growth, and believed that a unified network would allow the effects to be replicated across the island and allow Sodor to forge itself a place in the world. To achieve this goal, Lord Harwick would lobby prominent members of Sodor's railway industry, and eventually gained a number of prominent supporters, including Topham Hatt, CME of the TK&ER, and Percy Onchan, General Manager of the W&S.

In 1910, the



Sodor China Clay Company

Misty Island Logging Railway

NWR Engineering Ltd.


  • Translated from Latin, the Railway's motto is "There's nothing quite like it!"
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