Harvey is a tank engine with a crane mounted on top of his boiler, which makes him look rather unusual.
All the engines except Thomas teased Harvey at first, but when he was able to rescue Percy after an accident, they realized that his difference was what made him special. Since then, he has proved very useful, using his crane arm for maintenance, building and clearing up. He mainly works at Brendam and the yard, but his favourite place to be is at the Water Works, where he is said to live.
Since his addition to the railway, Harvey's helped after many accidents, but he couldn't do it alone, so Rocky was brought to help.
In the seventeenth season, he helped Thomas back onto the rails after an accident. Later, Bill and Ben made fun of Harvey for being a both a crane and an engine. However, Porter helped Harvey see to the positives of being a crane engine. The dock manager asked Harvey to deliver flatbeds of scrap metal to Vicarstown since Edward had been delayed, but because he wasn't paying attention when he was going down Gordon's Hill, his flatbeds derailed and made a terrible mess. Fortunately for Harvey, he was able to use his crane to clear it up and was able to deliver the cargo.
Harvey is a relentlessly cheery, big-hearted, helpful crane engine. He has a very unusual shape, due to his crane attachment atop his boiler, which he can be sensitive about should other engines make fun of it. However, he is very able to show that his crane is very useful in lifting cargo, trucks, and sometimes some smaller engines.
He has a booming, thoughtful voice and large wooden buffers. He is happy to work anywhere, ready to help clear up after an accident, and offer words of care, comfort, and advice.
With perhaps the most distinctive appearance of any engine, Harvey is painted burgundy with yellow lining and brown square buffers. His name is written in yellow on his side. His number, 27, is written on both sides of his crane arm in yellow.
Harvey is based on Dubs Crane Engine No. 4101, nicknamed "Dubsy", built in Glasgow, Scotland. Dubsy is presently based at the Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire.
- Keith Wickham (UK/US; seventeenth season onwards)
- Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan; sixth - eighth seasons)
- Toshiharu Sakurai (Japan; ninth season onwards)
- Enrique Cervantes (Mexico)
- Sigbjørn Solheim (Norway; seventeenth season only)
- In the twelfth season episode Saved You!, Harvey appeared without a CGI face. However, a magazine had two images from this episode showing Harvey with one. These same pictures appeared again in the annual story Gordon Takes a Shortcut.
- Harvey occasionally has a bucket or claw attached to his crane arm so that he can pick up coal and other minerals.
- One of Harvey's models was recently on display at Drayton Manor, but according to Drayton Manor themselves he was returned to HiT Entertainment to use him for his CGI design.
- Harvey's whistle sound was changed to more of a "hooting" sound since the twelfth season.
- Harvey was the first non-Awdry standard gauge steam engine to be introduced into the television series.
- In the seventeenth season, as with most of the other engines, Harvey gains a permanent lamp and a brake pipe, despite his basis not having the latter. He also speaks with a Scottish accent reflecting his basis' origins. He seems to be a tad smaller compared to his model and basis.
- Porter: Hey there! You're a Really Useful Engine... or should I say, you're a Really Useful Crane!
- Harvey: I'm a crane engine, so you can say either I suppose.
- Bill: Oooh, look Ben. It's Harvey! What's he doing down at the docks?
- Ben: He's probably trying to go fishing, Bill. Better put your hook in the water, Harvey, if you want to catch something!
- ERTL (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (discontinued)
- Take-Along (discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
- My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
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