The Kirk Ronan Branch Line is a little-known branch line on the North Western Railway.
Stations and Operations
The line starts at Kellsthorpe Road and calls at Rolf's Castle before ending at Kirk Ronan. The line serves the harbour here, and ore and slate from Crovan's Gate are sent here. Kirk Ronan is known as a fishing port, so fish are unloaded here. A steamer service to Dublin is operated on Tuesdays and Fridays from Kirk Ronan, so tourists may use the railway as transportation to the port.
An extension of the branch begins near the Cement Works and heads west to Pirate's Cove at the main line loop. The Big Dipper, Sodor Bakery, Diesel 10's Mountain, the Sodor Wishing Well, The Magic Railroad, Pirate's Cove and Sodor Maritime Museum are located along the extension.
In the time of the Sodor and Mainland Railway, Neil and two other engines ran the line. In the television series, Fergus also works on the branch line, working at the Cement Works near Kirk Ronan.
In The Railway Series, the branch line only appeared in a flashback in Very Old Engines. In the television series, Kirk Ronan appeared in a number of fifth season episodes, most prominently in A Better View for Gordon, when Gordon crashed into the station wall during the opening ceremony. The junction to the branch has appeared frequently since theeighth season.