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Rocky is a large breakdown crane, who is part of the Sodor Search and Rescue Team.


Thomas & Friends

When Rocky was new to Sodor, Gordon and Edward were skeptical about his abilities, noting that Harvey could travel under his own power. Later, Edward carelessly left the docks before his cargo was properly secured, causing pipes to spill onto the Main Line. Edward was adamant that Harvey could clear up the line, but the little crane engine was too small to finish the job quickly and as a result, Gordon crashed into the pipes. Edward returned to Brendam to pick up Rocky, who cleared the line and put Gordon back on the rails.

Since this incident, Rocky has become an invaluable asset to the railway. He is frequently called upon to lift loads and help out after accidents. He is based at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, but is seen at the docks and other places like Sodor Slate Quarry helping out. He also tells the other members of the search and rescue team about the calls to action.

In Blue Mountain Mystery, Rocky helped clear up the broken Blondin Bridge, nearly took off Skarloey's cab and lifted Thomas onto Owen's platform.

In the eighteenth season, Rocky and James attempted to help Duck get out of a flooded track, but due to James leaving before Rocky's crane arm could be secured down properly, Rocky inadvertently knocked over a signal.

In the nineteenth season, Rocky was taken to Bluff's Cove to lift a beached whale onto a flatbed bound for Brendam. He also rescued both Thomas and James. He later derailed near Ulfstead Castle and the rest of the rescue team had to learn to work together to help him.

Duck brought him to lift Thomas out of a deep cavern after the track had collapsed and he later pulled Captain Calles' Pirate Ship out too. He received credit for finding the ship even though Thomas had found it, which annoyed Thomas. Later, he rescued Thomas after he fell in the water and attended the Harwick Branch Line opening ceremony.

In the twentieth season, Rocky rescued Belle, after she derailed on the hot, bumpy track. He also helped Oliver on Thomas' flatbed after Max and Monty were mucking about.

In the twenty-first season, Rocky lifted James out onto the flatbed after James having trouble with his brakes and ends up crashing into the back wall of Tidmouth Sheds.

In the twenty-second season, Rocky lifted Nia back onto the tracks after she derailed due to speeding past some go slow signs.


Rocky likes to lift heavy objects such as engines, coaches and trucks. He is a friendly and careful crane and helps the engines when there is an accident. He takes pride in his work and is always happy to help.

Technical Details


Rocky is a Ransomes and Rapier 45-ton steam crane, built around 1945. A crane of this type is preserved on the Bluebell Railway.


Rocky is painted brick red with yellow hazard stripes on his sides and back.


Thomas & Friends


Learning Segments:

Magazine Stories

Rocky also appeared in the magazine story, The Best Bridge.

Voice Actors


  • One of Rocky's television series models used to be on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.
  • Rocky has a much taller cab than his basis, in order to accommodate a face.
  • Although Rocky says in Duck in the Water that he must have his crane arm secured properly, in Seasons 19-20, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, and Journey Beyond Sodor, Rocky has been transported without his crane arm lowered, which is very dangerous.
  • Rocky does not have windows on the front of his cab, making it difficult for the operator to see what is happening.
  • In the eleventh season episode Thomas and the Runaway Car, it was stated that Rocky was too heavy for Thomas to move. However, since the CGI Series switch, Thomas has been able to move him, as have several other smaller, weaker engines.
    • The same goes for Percy in the fourteenth season. In Being Percy, Percy stated he was not strong enough to pull Rocky on his own, but since the nineteenth season, Percy has been able to move Rocky.
  • Rocky has gone through some changes in the television series:
    • Since the CGI switch-over, Rocky's face has been lowered down.
    • In the nineteenth season, Rocky gains a tail lamp.
  • Rocky has no visible whistle, despite it being heard once.
  • At Days Out with Thomas events, Rocky has Bulgy's face.
  • In his debut episode, Rocky had a whistle, which basically sounded like a regular standard train whistle. However, Rocky appears to lack a whistle in all of his future appearances.
  • Rocky was the first rolling stock character introduced in the New Series.


“Hello, I'm Rocky. I can lift any engines to safety, and it will help you put you back on the tracks in no time.”
―Rocky's website audio


* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped