Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
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This article is about the crane. You may be looking for the Story Library book.

Colin is a stationary steam crane who works at the Wharf. He is good friends with Freddie.


Thomas & Friends

Colin works at the Wharf, loading deliveries brought by the engines into barges to be taken away on the Canal. He once felt upset because he could not attend a Christmas party so Freddie arranged for the party to be moved to the Wharf so Colin could participate. He brought the party supplies to the Wharf and told Colin to leave them until he could find Mr. Percival. However, Mr. Percival came to the Wharf before Freddie found him and ordered Colin to load the supplies onto a barge, almost ruining the party. Fortunately, Freddie put everything right, and Colin thought it was a wonderful party.


Colin is a chipper, cheerful, canal-side crane who works at the Wharf. While he isn’t the largest crane or the strongest, Colin's determination and skill make him fast and efficient. He prides himself on always knowing the right lifting speed for the right load. Colin is a good friend to all and always looks on the bright side of the Wharf!

Colin is lonely deep inside, as he is fixed in place at the Wharf. He feels left out of some of the fun that the narrow gauge engines have. The engines bring him news from around the Island. He’s always fascinated hearing about events that happen in other places.

Technical Details


Colin seems to be based off of this 100 Ton Steam Crane design that is Commonly used in Alexandro Docks in Grimsby.


Colin is painted green with red pulleys and cogwheels amongst his mechanism. He has a grey roof with grey boards along the top of his cab above his door.



  • The Big Book of Engines incorrectly lists Colin as a diesel-powered crane.
  • According to John Lee, Colin was originally supposed to have a longer nose, but this was scaled down due to merchandising reasons.
  • Colin was originally going to appear in King of the Railway, and the concept art of the film by Guru Studios shows that he would have been based at Ulfstead Castle. If this would've happened, then he would've become the only non-human character introduced in Series 12 to appear in full CGI.
  • Colin is the only character introduced in Series 12 to appear in another form of media; he is in the James Sorts It Out book from the Sodor Story Collection series and is subsequently the only one to have appeared in merchandise after his original run, as he was remade exclusively for the James Sorts It Out Wooden Railway set, albeit with a bigger magnet to fit in with the other Wooden cranes made by Mattel. He also appears in one of the my custom engine books.
  • Colin is the last male character to be introduced into the model series, before the CGI switch.
  • For unknown reasons, the cogs on the right of his arm are the same colour as his body, unlike the red cogs on the left of his arm.
  • Although most of Colin's screen-time featured him with a CGI face, he had at least one out of five face masks in a long shot.
  • Colin, along with Hank, Flora and Dennis are the only characters introduced in the HiT Entertainment model era not to have a Capsule Plarail toy.



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