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“I've never been to a party. We never have parties at the Wharf.”

Colin is a steam crane who is stationed at the Wharf. He is good friends with Freddie.


Thomas & Friends

Colin works at the Wharf, loading deliveries brought by the engines into barges to be taken away on the Canal. He once felt upset because he could not attend a Christmas party so Freddie arranged for the party to be moved to the Wharf so Colin could participate. He brought the party supplies to the Wharf and told Colin to leave them until he could find Mr. Percival. However, Mr. Percival came to the Wharf before Freddie found him and ordered Colin to load the supplies onto a barge, almost ruining the party. Fortunately, Freddie put everything right, and Colin thought it was a wonderful party.


Colin is a chipper, cheerful, canal-side crane who works at the Wharf. While he isn’t the largest crane, or the strongest, Colin's determination and skill make him fast and efficient. He prides himself on always knowing the right lifting speed for the right load. Colin is a good friend to all and always looks on the bright side of the Wharf!

Colin is lonely deep inside, as he is fixed in place at the Wharf. He feels left out of some of the fun that the narrow gauge engines have. The engines bring him news from around the Island. He’s always fascinated hearing about events that happen in other places.

Technical Details


Colin's basis is unknown.


Colin is painted green with red pulleys and cogwheels amongst his mechanism. He has a grey roof with grey boards along the top of his cab above his door.



  • The Big Book of Engines incorrectly lists Colin as a diesel powered crane.
  • According to John Lee, Colin was originally supposed to have a longer nose, but this was scaled down due to merchandising reasons.
  • Colin was originally going to appear in King of the Railway, and concept art of the film by Guru Studios shows that he would have been based at Ulfstead Castle.


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