The Secondary Breakdown Crane
Works Unit Coach
Cowans Sheldon 30 ton breakdown cranes
( 1,435 mm; standard gauge)
" The cranes are for lifting heavy things like engines and coaches and trucks."
— Thomas' driver, Thomas and the Breakdown Train, first season
Breakdown Train is composed of two cranes, flatbeds, and a coach for the workmen.
The Breakdown Train is pulled to accident scenes to lift engines, coaches and trucks onto the rails. The train is manned by workmen.
Thomas once brought it to rescue James after he crashed into a field from being pushed by the Troublesome Trucks.
Rocky's arrival, the Breakdown Cranes were 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, in the form of Judy and Jerome, gaining new colours and increasing in size. Additionally, the works unit coach is now painted orange-brown, its Railway Series livery.
The cranes are based on a Cowans Sheldon 30 ton breakdown crane. The works unit coach is based on a
Great Western Railway "LE4MW" class coach, which has been converted into a workmen's compartment coach. however in the Railway Series it appears similar to non-corridor suburban coaches operated by the LMS.
The cranes and flatbeds are painted dark green-grey, as was the coach in the model series and early CGI series. In the Railway Series and from The Adventure Begins onwards, the coach is painted orange-brown with a grey roof and "WORKS UNIT" painted on its sides in white.
Season 1 - Thomas and Gordon, Edward and Gordon, Thomas' Train, Thomas and the Trucks, Thomas and the Breakdown Train, James and the Coaches, Thomas, Terence and the Snow, Tenders and Turntables, Trouble in the Shed, Percy Runs Away, The Flying Kipper, Whistles and Sneezes, Dirty Objects, Off the Rails and Thomas' Christmas Party
Season 2 - Thomas, Percy and the Coal, Saved from Scrap, Old Iron, Thomas and Trevor, Percy and the Signal, Duck Takes Charge, The Runaway, Pop Goes the Diesel, Dirty Work, A Close Shave, Better Late Than Never, Break Van, The Deputation ( works unit coach only), Percy's Predicament, Wrong Road and Ghost Train
Season 3 - Gordon and the Famous Visitor, Donald's Duck, Thomas, Percy and the Dragon, Diesel Does it Again, Henry's Forest, Trust Thomas, Toby's Tightrope ( works unit coach only), Buzz, Buzz, One Good Turn, Escape, Oliver Owns Up and Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure
Season 4 - Steam Roller ( works unit coach only), Gallant Old Engine, Train Stops Play, Bowled Out, Henry and the Elephant ( works unit coach only), Thomas and the Special Letter and Fish
Season 5 - Horrid Lorry, A Better View for Gordon, James and the Trouble with Trees ( work units coach only), Gordon and the Gremlin, Bye George!, Put Upon Percy, Something in the Air, Thomas and the Rumours, Oliver's Find, Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday, Busy Going Backwards and Snow
Season 6 - Harvey to the Rescue, No Sleep for Cranky ( works unit coach only), A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter, The Fogman, It's Only Snow, Scaredy Engines ( works unit coach only), James and the Red Balloon, Jack Frost, Gordon Takes a Tumble, Percy's Chocolate Crunch, Thomas, Percy and the Squeak and Edward the Very Useful Engine
Season 7 - Emily's New Coaches, James and the Queen of Sodor, The Spotless Record, Toby's Windmill ( works unit coach only), Bad Day at Castle Loch, Snow Engine and Something Fishy ( mentioned)
Season 8 - Thomas and the Tuba, Percy's New Whistle, Thomas to the Rescue, Percy's Big Mistake, Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough, Emily's New Route, Squeak, Rattle and Roll, Thomas and the Circus, Halloween and You Can Do it, Toby!
Season 9 - Thomas and the Toy Shop, Respect for Gordon, Thomas and the Birthday Picnic, Thomas and the New Engine, Henry and the Flagpole, Emily Knows Best and Keeping up with James
Season 10 - Edward Strikes Out and Sticky Toffee Thomas
Season 11 - Thomas and the Spaceship, Thomas and the Lighthouse, Edward and the Mail, Toby's Triumph and Thomas and the Runaway Car
Season 12 - Thomas and the Billboard, Henry Gets It Wrong ( works unit coach only) and Toby's Special Surprise
Season 14 - Thomas and the Snowman Party ( works unit coach only) and Thomas' Crazy Day ( works unit coach only)
Season 15 - Percy's New Friends ( works unit coach only), Edward the Hero ( works unit coach only), Henry's Happy Coal ( works unit coach only) and Surprise, Surprise ( works unit coach only)
Season 16 - Ho Ho Snowman ( works unit coach only), Thomas and the Rubbish Train ( works unit coach only), Bust My Buffers! ( works unit coach only), Percy and the Calliope ( works unit coach only), Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor ( works unit coach only), Salty's Surprise ( works unit coach only), Sodor Surprise Day ( works unit coach only), Emily's Winter Party Special ( works unit coach only), Whiff's Wish ( works unit coach only) and Happy Birthday Sir! ( works unit coach only)
Season 20 - Love Me Tender ( works unit coach only), The Missing Breakdown Train and Mucking About
Season 21 - Springtime for Diesel and Daisy's Perfect Christmas
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, despite it still being it's regular name in the show the Breakdown Train is referred to as the "Breakdown Truck" for unknown reasons.
Since the thirteenth season, many recoloured versions of the Works Unit Coach have been seen, mostly being used in goods trains. The coach also gained front windows.
All merchandises but Hornby had only one crane and flatbed and without the works unit coach, although it was sold separately in TOMY.