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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, Big Mickey, Colin, Merrick, Owen, Reg, Beresford, Carly, Ol' Wheezy and Hee-Haw. There are several other Cranes that are used around the harbours of Sodor and the Mainland to lift heavy cargo from ships and other things.

The Rolling Gantry Crane

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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

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Miniature Cranes

Some miniature cranes used as background stock from TUGS also started appearing in the television series from the second 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. One of the miniature cranes is currently on display at Drayton Manor.

They can be found at Brendam Docks and Whiff's Waste Dump.

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Steam-Powered Cranes

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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

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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 Since Tale of the Brave it has been replaced by Reg. It's job was to load pieces of scrap into the trucks of the railway.

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The crane was painted brown.


Tower Cranes

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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.

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These cranes were painted brown and red.


A.J.R. No.1

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A.J.R No.1

A.J.R No.1 are a series of four stationary steam-powered cranes along the Skarloey Railway. Two of them are located at the Wharf, one is located at the transfer yards, and one at the quarry.

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  • It is unknown what the letters "A.J.R." stand for.

The "Grabber"

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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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Happy Hook

"I've asked and I've asked, we need a new crane! Instead of old Happy Hook here!"
— Dart's opinion of Happy Hook, Day of the Diesels

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Happy Hook

Happy Hook is a stationary non-sentient crane based at the Vicarstown Dieselworks.

Bio

Happy Hook was old and had not been repaired for a long time; as a result, Dart complained about the crane frequently. Kevin was then brought to the Dieselworks to do the jobs that Happy Hook could not, and enjoyed playing with it. When the Dieselworks was rebuilt, Happy Hook was restored.

When it was Christmas time, Diesel 10 decorated Happy Hook with red ribbons, Christmas lights and mistletoe. He later removed these decorations and gave them back to the Steam Team.

When Diesel wanted to compete in The Great Railway Show, Happy Hook assisted in his plan to be chosen by putting crates on top of Den, Dart and Paxton. It later dropped a crate on Diesel after Dart was bashed into it.

Happy Hook later carried Daisy when Diesel bumped into her so that the engineers and workmen could find out what was wrong with her.

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Happy Hook's cab is painted orange, while its tower and crane arm are painted grey.

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  • Happy Hook is the third non-sentient crane in the series to be named on screen (the first being Ol' Wheezy and the second being Hee-Haw).

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Mainland Cranes

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Mainland Cranes

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

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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.

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Television Series


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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Non-rail vehicles

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