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The North Western Railway is Sir Topham Hatt's railway and was first created in 1914 after a government-funded joining of Sodor's standard gauge railways. The railways involved were the Sodor and Mainland Railway, the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway, and the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway. In 1948, it became the "North-Western Region of British Railways", but this term was never used as the railway kept its operating independence. With Privatisation in the early 1990s, it officially became the North Western Railway.

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