The Coal Hopper is the main location where the steam engines get their coal in the CGI Series.
It is located on the Loop Line near Crosby.
It first appeared in the eighth season episode, Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough and returning in Hero of the Rails, and has appeared frequently since.
There are also coal hoppers at the Knapford Yard, since the Adventure Begins one at Knapford Station Yard and two at the Construction Yard on the Little Western.
- In the Classic Series the engines took on coal from hoppers located in Shunting Yards or from staithes near sidings.
- In the eighth season the loop line wasn't present but it appeared in Hero of the Rails and so on.