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“He thinks if he works twice as fast, the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt won't replace him with a... big new fancy crane."
"Replace him with a what?"
"A big new fancy crane."
"A big shoe zebra plane?"
"No, a big new fancy crane."
"A pig stew dancing lane?"
―Salty whispering to Edward

Cranky at the End of the Line is the eighth episode of the twenty-first season.


After Cranky is teased about his age, he works twice as hard and through the night to impress the Fat Controller. But the harder he works, the more mistakes he makes. When a big, new, shiny crane arrives, he thinks that his days at Brendam Docks are over!







  • This is the first episode fully animated by Jam Filled.
  • Going by production order, this is the ninth episode of the twenty-first season.
  • When Cranky makes a mess in front of the Sir Topham Hatt and Salty, Sir Topham Hatt has soundbytes from the nineteenth season episodes, Who's Geoffrey? and The Beast of Sodor that was reused respectively.
  • The rail section Carly is situated on was previously seen in the episode, Stuck in Gear prior to her debut.
  • A shortened version of the episode, narrated by Joseph May as Thomas, can be found on the official YouTube channel.


  • David Menkin is not credited in the UK credits for voicing Porter.
  • Steven Kynman is credited in the UK credits despite none of his characters speaking in that dub. This is likely because he was supposed to voice Porter in the UK version of the episode.
  • A section of Carly's rails runs underneath Big Mickey, which would prevent her using it.


  • Sir Topham Hatt: Uh? (Groans) What on earth is going on?
  • Cranky: Hello, sir, how are you? I'm fine. Better than fine. Busy, busy, busy - that's me! Can't stop, work to do! Lifting and loading, loading and lifting just like always! Busy, busy, busy! (Gasps)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: (Stutters)
  • Dock Worker: (Sobbing noise)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Oh dear, oh dear.
  • The Dock Manager: Sir! I must speak to ya about Cranky! He's been working all night...
  • Cranky: Oh, no...
  • Sir Topham Hatt, Cranky, Dock Worker and The Dock Manager

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Cranky no Fim da Linha
Japanese クランキーのさいなん
Polish Przepracowany Karolek
Romanian Capăt de Linie pentru Cranky

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