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"Cranes are airy fairy things! They need a lot of attention like me in fact!"
Gordon, Cranky Bugs, fifth season

Besides Cranky the crane, there are several other Cranes that are used around the harbours of Sodor to lift heavy cargo from ships and other things.

The Rolling Gantry Crane

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The Rolling Gantry Crane

The Rolling Gantry Crane is a rail-based crane used for loading and unloading cargo from ships. It was used as background stock at Tidmouth Harbour, Knapford Harbour, and Brendam Docks.

It first appeared in the Railway Series book, Henry the Green Engine and has been stationed at Tidmouth Harbour since. In the television series, it first appeared in the first season up until the seventh season. It last appeared in the spin-off series, Jack and the Pack episode Jack Owns Up.

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Miniature Cranes

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Miniature Cranes

Some miniature cranes used as background stock from TUGS also started appearing in the television series from the second season onwards and they were animated to appear past the switch-over in the CGI series. The cranes were seen across the island of Sodor in different locations mainly used at the harbours of Sodor. One of the miniature cranes is currently on display at Drayton Manor.

They can be found at Brendam Docks and Whiff's Waste Dump.

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  • ERTL (discontinued)

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Steam-Powered Cranes

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Steam-Powered Cranes

Various stationary Steam-Powered Cranes have been used as background stock in the television series. More specifically these cranes been seen at the Timber Yard, Fishing Village, Boulder Quarry, the Works, Knapford Sheds and the Wharf.

There have also been several named steam-powered cranes featured throughout the series, Colin, Hee-Haw, Ol' Wheezy and four other stationary steam cranes named A.J.R. No.1.

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The Crocks Scrapyard Crane

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The Crocks Scrapyard Crane

A small crane was used at Crocks Scrap Yard during the second season. Since Tale of the Brave it has been replaced by Reg. Its job was to load pieces of scrap into the trucks of the railway.

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The crane was painted brown.

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Tower Cranes

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Tower Cranes

Tower Cranes are very tall and can reach higher places. They made frequent appearances behind Knapford in the first and second season. They were used in Boulder Quarry during the fifth season.

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These cranes were painted brown and red.

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The "Grabber"

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The "Grabber"

The "Grabber" is the nickname for a crane with large retracting claws used for dismantling, smelting and scrapping machinery based at the Sodor Ironworks.

Once, 'Arry and Bert wrongfully shunted Stepney underneath the giant grabber, with the intention of scrapping him. Thankfully, the Fat Controller arrived in the nick of time and shut the grabber down.

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Mainland Cranes

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Mainland Cranes

Two cranes appeared at a dockyard located in the mainland.

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The two cranes were painted brown.

Basis

The cranes are based on photo reference of various cranes from the 1920s to the 1950s. Cranky is also a member of this class.

Appearences

Great Race Friends Near and Far

  • 2017 - Gina the Smart Engine

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Other Cranes

Other various types of Cranes have been used as background stock in the television series. These can be found all over the Island of Sodor.

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