"The cranes are for lifting heavy things like engines and coaches and trucks."
— Thomas' driver, Thomas and the Breakdown Train, first season
Class: Cowans Sheldon 30 ton breakdown cranes
Builder: Cowans Sheldon
Works Unit Coach
Class: GWR LE4MW works coach
Builder: GWR Swindon Works
Built: sometime between 1893 and 1899
The Breakdown Train is composed of two cranes, two flatbeds, and a carriage for the workmen.
The Breakdown Train is pulled to accident scenes to lift engines, coaches, and trucks onto the rails. The train is painted dark green and is manned by workmen.
Since Rocky's arrival, the Breakdown Cranes have been 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 Jerome and Judy, gaining new colors, and increasing in size. Additionally, the works unit coach is now painted orange-brown, its Railway Series livery.
The Breakdown Train is based on a Cowans Sheldon 30 ton breakdown crane.