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The Coal Hopper is the main location where the steam engines get their coal.

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.



  • Prior to the eighth season, the engines took on coal from hoppers located in Shunting Yards or from staithes near sidings.
  • In the eighth season, the loop line was not present.