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. Salty and Porter work on the line at Brendam Docks in the television series.
A small scrapyard, known as Crock's Scrapyard, is situated on the line. Edward consistently brings scrap metal to and from the yard. Reg works there. Scruff also brings in metal rubbish from Whiff's Waste Dump to the Crock's Scrapyard. There have been times when Edward is busy, that Sir Topham Hatt schedules other engines for scrap collection and transportation. James, Percy, Toby, Harvey and Samson have all occasionally helped out with the scrap duties on the Island of Sodor.
In the television series, Sodor Animal Park, and Dingley Hall are also located along the line. Also, between Suddery and Lower Suddery is a junction where a line goes past a coastal track till it reaches the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre.
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, Ben and Timothy.
In the television series, the branch line has two more stations, Lower Suddery and Upper Brendam. Dingley Halt is also located between these two stations.
Television Series Only