" The cranes are for lifting heavy things like engines, and coaches, and trucks."
— Thomas's driver, Thomas and the Breakdown Train, first season
The Breakdown Train is composed of two cranes, two flatbeds, and a carriage for the workmen.
The Breakdown Train is pulled to accident scenes to lift engines, coaches, and trucks onto the rails. The train is painted dark green and is manned by workmen.
Rocky's arrival, the Breakdown Cranes have been rarely seen, but the works unit coach - in several colours - has regularly appeared in the CGI series.
The Breakdown Train returns in
The Adventure Begins, with both cranes gaining different colours and faces while also being named Jerome and Judy. Additionally, the works unit coach is now painted orange-brown, its Railway Series livery.
Season 1 - Thomas and Gordon, Edward and Gordon, Thomas' Train, Thomas and the Trucks, Thomas and the Breakdown Train, James and the Coaches, Thomas, Terence and the Snow, Tenders and Turntables, Trouble in the Shed, Percy Runs Away, The Flying Kipper, Whistles and Sneezes, Dirty Objects, Off the Rails, and Thomas' Christmas Party
Season 2 - Thomas, Percy and the Coal, Saved from Scrap, Old Iron, Thomas and Trevor, Percy and the Signal, Duck Takes Charge, The Runaway, Pop Goes the Diesel, Dirty Work, A Close Shave, Better Late Than Never, Break Van, The Deputation ( works unit coach only), Percy's Predicament, Wrong Road, and Ghost Train
Season 3 - Gordon and the Famous Visitor, Donald's Duck, Thomas, Percy and the Dragon, Diesel Does it Again, Henry's Forest, Trust Thomas, Toby's Tightrope ( works unit coach only), Buzz, Buzz, One Good Turn, Escape, Oliver Owns Up, and Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure
Season 4 - Gallant Old Engine, Train Stops Play, Bowled Out, Henry and the Elephant ( works unit coach only), Thomas and the Special Letter, and Fish
Season 5 - Horrid Lorry, A Better View for Gordon, James and the Trouble with Trees ( work units coach only), Gordon and the Gremlin, Bye George!, Put Upon Percy, Something in the Air, Thomas and the Rumours, Oliver's Find, Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday, Busy Going Backwards, and Snow
Season 6 - Harvey to the Rescue, No Sleep for Cranky ( works unit coach only), A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter, The Fogman, It's Only Snow, Scaredy Engines ( works unit coach only), James and the Red Balloon, Jack Frost, Gordon Takes a Tumble, Percy's Chocolate Crunch, Thomas, Percy and the Squeak, and Edward the Very Useful Engine
Season 7 - Emily's New Coaches, James and the Queen of Sodor, The Spotless Record, Toby's Windmill ( works unit coach only), Bad Day at Castle Loch, Snow Engine, and Something Fishy ( mentioned)
Season 8 - Thomas and the Tuba, Percy's New Whistle, Thomas to the Rescue, Percy's Big Mistake, Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough, Emily's New Route, Squeak, Rattle and Roll, Thomas and the Circus, Halloween, and You Can Do it, Toby!
Season 9 - Thomas and the Toy Shop, Respect for Gordon, Thomas and the Birthday Picnic, Thomas and the New Engine, Henry and the Flagpole, Emily Knows Best, and Keeping up with James
Season 10 - Edward Strikes Out and Sticky Toffee Thomas
Season 11 - Thomas and the Spaceship, Thomas and the Lighthouse, Edward and the Mail, Toby's Triumph, and Thomas and the Runaway Car
Season 12 - Thomas and the Billboard, Henry Gets It Wrong ( works unit coach only), Toby's Special Surprise, and Saved You!
Season 14 - Thomas and the Snowman Party ( works unit coach only) and Thomas' Crazy Day ( works unit coach only)
Season 15 - Edward the Hero ( works unit coach only) and Henry's Happy Coal ( works unit coach only)
The Breakdown Train's model is currently on display at Drayton Manor, although the flatbed underneath the crane's hook is absent.
In the UK dub of the game Trouble on the Tracks, the Breakdown Train is referred to as the "Breakdown Truck."
All merchandises but Hornby had only one crane and flatbed and without the works unit coach, although it was sold separately in TOMY.
The flatbed with the crane in the background
in The Adventure Begins
in The Adventure Begins
The Breakdown Train seen in a magazine story with James and Thomas
The Breakdown Train at Drayton Manor
2006 Redesigned Wooden Railway
TOMY Mavis and Breakdown Train
TOMY Harvey with Works unit coach and flatbed
Motor Road and Rail Splatter and Dodge
Plarail Victor and Kevin with red Breakdown crane
Plarail Harvey (second Japanese variation)
TrackMaster Harvey with works unit coach
TrackMaster Harvey with Works Unit Coach and Flatbed (original)
Splatter with works unit coach and cattle wagon
Dodge with works unit coach and truck with roof tiles