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“Cranes are airy fairy things! They need a lot of attention, like me in fact!”
Gordon, Cranky Bugs, fifth series

Cranes are a machines equipped with wire ropes or chains and sometimes fitted with hooks or grabbers. They are used to lift heavy loads, such as crates, pipes, wood and other items.

Many cranes either have names, faces or both. These cranes are used around the harbours, quarries, wharves and scrapyards of Sodor, the Mainland and aboard.

Rolling Gantry Cranes

Rolling Gantry Cranes are rail-based cranes used for loading and unloading cargo to and from ships. Examples of these cranes can be found at Tidmouth Harbour, Knapford Harbour and Brendam Docks.

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Miniature Cranes

Many miniature cranes are seen around the Island of Sodor in different locations mainly used at the harbours. Three of the miniature cranes is currently on display at Drayton Manor.

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

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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, Norramby 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 Wellsworth Scrap Yard Crane


A small grapple crane was used at Crocks Scrap Yard in the television series. Since Tale of the Brave, it has been replaced by Reg. Its job was to load pieces of scrap into the trucks of the railway.

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Livery

The crane was painted brown.

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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 series. They were used at Boulder Quarry and the Sodor Ironworks during the fifth series.

Livery

These cranes were painted brown and red.


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, intending to scrap him. Thankfully, the Fat Controller arrived in the nick of time and shut the grabber down.

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A.J.R. No.1

A.J.R No.1 is 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.

Mainland Cranes

Many cranes work at dockyards located on the Mainland. Some cranes worked at the Great Yarmouth Docks, where Toby and his brothers also worked. Two other cranes work at another harbour on the Mainland.

Beresford is another crane who works at a canal.

Livery

The cranes are painted grey and brown.

Basis

The cranes are based on photographic references of various cranes from the 1920s to the 1950s. Cranky is also based on these cranes.

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The Pink Hammerhead Crane

A pink hammerhead crane works at Guanabara Bay in Brazil. It has no face. [1]

Livery

The hammerhead crane is mainly painted magenta, with a grey cabin and supports. The side of the crane is painted with yellow and magenta hazard stripes.

Basis

Although the hammerhead crane is a Brazilian crane, it is actually based on an American WWII USN 20t Tower Crane. Big Mickey and Kobe are also based on this crane along with the grey crane at Dar es Salaam Docks.

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Other Cranes

Other various types of cranes have been used as background stock in the television series. These can be found all over Sodor and other places.

In Big World! Big Adventures!, several recoloured cranes were seen in other countries.

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Non-rail vehicles

* RWS only | ** T&F only | *** Other Media only