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Beresford is a rolling gantry crane who works at a canal on the Mainland.


Thomas & Friends

When Thomas travelled to the Mainland, he met Beresford. He stopped Thomas on his way to Bridlington Goods Yard, demanded he told him something new and sang Who's Thomas?. Thomas tricked him and passed through underneath him. Later on, Beresford picked Thomas up with his hook and helped him to hide from Hurricane and Frankie after escaping from the Steelworks. This ended up with Beresford befriending him. He also appears at the end of the special when Thomas and James pass by making their way back home to Sodor.

Thomas would later meet Beresford again after taking a wrong turn on his way to see Elizabeth II. After a short conversation, Thomas set off with directions from Beresford, but ended up opposite from where Beresford said to go.


Beresford is usually very lonely having no one to talk to, with engines often passing through with other work. His rather aggressive way of getting to know new engines makes it hard for him to make friends, as shown by him dropping a fishing boat in front of Thomas and slinging him up with his hook in a later encounter. But he is well meaning, though jealous of the freedom engines have to go anywhere.

Technical Details


Beresford is based on a Stothert & Pitt electric rolling gantry crane. Four examples of this type of crane are preserved at the M Shed museum at Prince's Wharf, Bristol. Carter is another member of this design.


Beresford is painted dark blue with red and yellow lining and white hazard stripes.


Voice Actors


  • Beresford speaks with a Caribbean accent.
  • Beresford is the first character to be voiced by an actor of African descent.


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Non-rail vehicles

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