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"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

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.

Since 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.


Railway Series

Television series



  • 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.


Merchandise Gallery

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS. C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU. L. P.VictoriaThomas' Special CoachTroublesome Trucks"The Flying Kipper"The Spiteful BrakevanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrucksCattle TrucksChina Clay trucksFfarquhar Quarry Co. TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and WellwagonsUtility WagonsThe Breakdown TrainBrakevans
Old Slow CoachRockyHectorThe Chinese DragonMail CoachesGordon's Snow MachineThe Jet EngineThe Rock CrusherEmily's CoachesJames' TrucksThomas' TrucksToby's Museum CoachGordon's Special CoachesHenry's Lucky TrucksFlora's Tram CoachThe Photographer's DraisineThe CalliopeThe Open-Topped CarriagesStephen's CoachesExpress CoachesThe Royal TrainOld CoachesThe Pump TrolleyMilk WagonsSalt WagonsTar WagonsBranch Line CoachesPlant VansFuel TankersSpecial CoachesOil TankersThe Fireworks VansCream TankersJam WagonsRaspberry TankersThe Toffee TankerFunfair TrucksHopper TrucksThe TravellerSlip CoachesJerome and Judy
The Elderly BrakevanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe Carriage CaféThe Animal Sanctuary CoachThe Naughty Pink TruckThe Posh CoachesAnnie and Clarabel's Old FriendCarols on WheelsThe Old Guard's VanThe Play CoachCircus CoachesThe Station Coach

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