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"Cranes are airy fairy things! They need a lot of attention like me in fact!"
Gordon, Cranky Bugs, fifth season

Besides Cranky the crane, they are several other Cranes that are used around the harbours of Sodor to lift heavy cargo from ships and other things.

"Big Mickey"

Big Mickey

One large model of a crane, recycled from Big Mickey's model from TUGS, has been used since the third season and was animated so that it could appear past the switch-over in the CGI series. The crane's model was first seen at Knapford Harbour in the third and fourth seasons and was then seen at Brendam since the fifth season. "Big Mickey" was also used as a character in the seventh season episode, Edward's Brass Band. He was used as the crane lifting up the ship's boiler and knocking over Edward, although he was never referred to by name.

Basis

"Big Mickey" is based on a 19th-Early 20th century 350-ton hammerhead crane. Big Mickey most closely resembles the US Navy "League Island Crane" which was the world's largest crane in 1920.

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The Rolling Gantry Crane

The Rolling Gantry Crane

The Rolling Gantry Crane is a rail-based crane used for loading and unloading cargo from ships. It was used as background stock at Tidmouth Harbour, Knapford Harbour, and Brendam Docks.

It first appeared in the Railway Series book, Henry the Green Engine and has been stationed at Tidmouth Harbour since. In the television series, it first appeared in the first season up until the seventh season. It last appeared in the spin-off series, Jack and the Pack episode Jack Owns Up.

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Miniature Cranes

Miniature Cranes

Some miniature cranes used as background stock from TUGS also started appearing in the television series from the third season onwards and they were animated to appear past the switch-over in the CGI series. The cranes were seen across the island of Sodor in different locations mainly used at the harbours of Sodor. One of the miniature cranes is currently on display at Drayton Manor.

Merchandise

  • ERTL (discontinued)

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Steam-Powered Cranes

Steam-Powered Cranes

Various stationary Steam-Powered Cranes have been used as background stock in the television series. More specifically these cranes have been seen at the Timber Yard, Fishing Village, Boulder Quarry, the Works, Knapford Sheds and the Wharf.

There have also been several named steam-powered cranes featured throughout the series, including Colin, Hee-Haw, Ol' Wheezy and four other stationary steam cranes named A.J.R. No.1.

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The Crocks Scrapyard Crane

The Crocks Scrapyard Crane

A small crane was used at Crocks Scrap Yard during the second season. Since Tale of the Brave it has been replaced by Reg. Its job was to load pieces of scrap into the trucks of the railway.

Livery

The crane was painted brown.


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Tower Cranes

Tower Cranes

Tower Cranes are very tall and can reach higher places. They made frequent appearances behind Knapford in the first and second seasons. They were used in Boulder Quarry during the fifth season.

Livery

These cranes were painted brown and red.


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The "Grabber"

The "Grabber"

The "Grabber" is the nickname for a crane with large retracting claws used for dismantling, smelting and scrapping machinery based at the Sodor Ironworks.

Once, 'Arry and Bert wrongfully shunted Stepney underneath the giant grabber, with the intention of scrapping him. Thankfully, the Fat Controller arrived in the nick of time and shut the grabber down.

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Mainland Cranes

Mainland Cranes

Two cranes appeared at a dockyard located on the Mainland. Another one will be based at The Steelworks.

Livery

The cranes were painted brown.

Basis

The cranes are based on photo references of various cranes from the 1920s to the 1950s. Cranky is also a member of this class.

Appearances

Television Series

Specials

Great Race Friends Near and Far

  • 2017 - Gina the Smart Engine


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Other Cranes

Other various types of cranes have been used as background stock in the television series. These can be found all over the Island of Sodor.

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