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"He's just Cranky on wheels!"
James, Harvey to the Rescue, sixth season

  • Number: 27
  • Class: Dubs Crane Engine No. 4101
  • Designer: Dubs
  • Builder: Dubs
  • Configuration: 0-4-0CT
  • Built: 1901

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 did not trust Harvey at first, but when he rescued Percy after an accident, they realised 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 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.

In the eighteenth season, Harvey helped Samson with the building of The Earl's new Dinosaur Park and later helped Samson with collecting track side scrap for the scrapyards while Scruff was being repaired.


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, wooden buffers. His name is written in yellow on his sides. 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.


Television series


Magazine stories

Harvey also appeared in the magazine stories, Harvey Saves the Harvest!, Mighty Magnet!, Stone Signal, Sunny Smile, and The Open Top Bus.

Voice Actors


  • 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.
  • One of Harvey's models was recently on display at Drayton Manor but was returned to HiT Entertainment to use for reference for his CGI design. He has since been returned to the display.
  • Harvey's whistle sound changed in the twelfth season.
  • In the seventeenth season, Harvey gains a permanent lamp and despite his basis not having a brake pipe, he gains one on both his front and back. He also speaks with a Scottish accent reflecting his basis' origins.
  • One of Harvey's face masks (Production-made) was sold from The Prop Gallery. Two of his face masks were sold to the Top Props preservation group.
  • In the episode, Thomas' New Trucks, Harvey has a claw instead of his normal hook.


Harvey: Maybe my coming here wasn't such a good idea, Sir.
The Fat Controller: Nonsense!
Harvey: But the engines don't like me, I'm too different.
The Fat Controller: "Different" is what makes you special.

- Harvey and the Fat Controller, Harvey to the Rescue, sixth season.

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!

- Porter, Harvey, Bill and Ben, Gone Fishing, seventeenth season.



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See also

Category:Images of Harvey

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