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The Ultimate RWS Sodor Map Edit
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Published: November 20, 2018
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Behold- what I believe is the most detailed Railway Series Map there's ever been!

The map above started off as a digital vector map of the Clive Spong map seen in The New Collection book and elsewhere. It was created by Christopher Signore of Sodor Island Forums for the purposes of the Extended Railway Series.

With his permission I've since taken this map, edited out the ERS elements, and instead added as many RWS elements as I could to make it as detailed as possible. This includes:

- Added labels of locations both man-made (Bulgy's Bridge, Wellsworth Orchard, Kyndley Cottage, Rolf's Castle Conference Centre etc) and natural (Suddery Bay, Skarloey Valley, Anopha Fell, Falls of Tid etc), as well as towns/locales (Callandale, Elsdale, The Garth)
- Mapping of historical locations (Old Suddery Wharf, the path of the E&KR tramway, the old Cronk & Harwick Railway etc), and of current elements mentioned in TIOS but somehow missed on the original map, such as the river that runs near Brendam, and Cas-Ny-Hawin mine.
- Reworking of some locations, such as making the Ffarquhar Quarry tramway and Crovan's Gate wharf more detailed and accurate to other maps.
- A comprehensive mapping of locations found on both the Isle of Man and Mainland England, including their railways.
- Removal of certain kid-friendly descriptions from the original to make it look more like a real map.
- Added other details such as a title and compass.

Disclaimer- some of the locations mapped are based on speculation, so not all of them are to be taken as 100% canon or 'truth'. For example the orientation of the Brendam river, and the locations of the Glennock Junior School and Rheneas Slate Quarry are educated guesses, but we don't know for certain.

I've also since printed this map and had it framed and hung on a wall in my house. I've wanted a physical Sodor map for so long, so I'm pleased as punch to finally have one! I might upload a photo of the framed map too, following this.

I hope you enjoy it :) If you have any questions or thoughts on it, let me know!
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realevilcorgi's avatar
realevilcorgiHobbyist Artist
Why is this so good
Teebsy-86's avatar
Now this is a grand thing! :D
fastforwardtt's avatar
01Salty are you going to do a tvs version?
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01SaltyHobbyist General Artist
I did try to do one once upon a time, but the TV Series continuity is so inconsistent it's practically impossible to make a 100% accurate one! I might give it another try one day though.
CoreyAMurray's avatar
An ambitious undertaking, and it paid off in the end.

I suppose the only one who could feasibly verify some of the more conjectural element on this map, the Thin Clergyman's son, is unavailable for contact?
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01SaltyHobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I definitely think it paid off :)

And yeah, as far as I know Christopher Awdry can't be easily contacted.
CoreyAMurray's avatar
Ah, all right then.
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TheIdahoRailfanHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful job!
thewelshway's avatar
Wow thats great (and easier to find other locations) do you have a link to the ers version?
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01SaltyHobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I don't think the ERS team have publicly published the ERS map yet, so I can't provide any link sorry.
Goxylo's avatar
which program do you use? or do you draw it?
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01SaltyHobbyist General Artist
I believe the guy who made the original digital map used Photoshop. I used Paint.Net to edit it.
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SAR500Hobbyist General Artist
Very very very well done sir and thankyou for sharing this
DarthWill3's avatar
DarthWill3Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done!
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TheZoologistStudent General Artist
I love it! 
Looking4Work's avatar
This is delightful! I love it!

Now, all we need is a train schedule. (Only kidding!)
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N4-officialHobbyist Digital Artist
Stupid question: I presume the height legend is in feet?
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zacharyknox222Hobbyist Artist
i love it!
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zacharyknox222Hobbyist Artist
i like it!
Train48's avatar
Well, this is so much better than the old maps that I have. Without a doubt, this has to be the best version of the map out there.
rjpugh's avatar
Oh, to import this map into a train simulator!

Is there a high resolution version somewhere? I want to look closer at the details. 
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N4-officialHobbyist Digital Artist
Click on the map twice.
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01SaltyHobbyist General Artist
All you have to do is click on the map, and it will increase in size. I've uploaded it to its full resolution, so you should be able to zoom in and see all the details :)
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