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“He thinks if he works twice as fast, the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt won't replace him with a... big new fancy crane."
"Replace him with a what?"
"A big new fancy crane."
"A big shoe zebra plane?"
"No! A big new fancy crane."
"A pig stew dancing lane??"
―Salty whispering to Edward

Cranky at the End of the Line is the eighth episode of the twenty-first series.


After Cranky starts creaking, the engines begin teasing him about his age and about the thought that he might by replaced at the docks by a big new fancy crane. In an attempt to impress the Fat Controller, Cranky begins working twice as hard and through the night in an attempt to get him to change his mind. Unfortunately, this just ends up with Cranky making more mistakes than before. This leads the Fat Controller to travel with Thomas and Edward go to the Mainland Crane Works to get a big, new, fancy crane. This ends up shocking the two engines, who later return from the crane works whilst Cranky is asleep.

When Cranky wakes up, he frantically tries getting back to work when he sees Sir Topham Hatt and a big, new, fancy crane called Carly. After begging the Fat Controller to not replace him, he tells Cranky that he actually brought Carly in to help Cranky, seeing how frantically he's been working. When Carly starts to work, she begins creaking like Cranky has been. She explains that this is just because of how she's made of metal and all she needs is some oil. Hearing this and realising how much of a great new addition Carly will be, Cranky sets out to work with his new friend.







  • Going by production order, this is the thirteenth episode of the twenty-first series. Because of this, it, New Crane on the Dock, A Shed for Edward, all of which feature Carly, and the latter's predecessor are after Emily in the Middle and The Big Freeze, which are the seventh and eighth episodes in production order, respectively. As Carly is absent from her gantry rails at Brendam Docks in those two episodes, these four episodes take place after them.
  • This is the first episode in the series to be fully animated by Jam Filled.
  • When Cranky makes a mess in front of Sir Topham Hatt and Salty, soundbytes from the nineteenth series episodes, Who's Geoffrey? and The Beast of Sodor were used.
  • The rail section Carly is situated on was previously seen in the episode, Stuck in Gear prior to her debut. It is also seen in The Big Freeze and Emily in the Middle, which are before Stuck in Gear in production order.
  • A shortened version of the episode, narrated by Joseph May as Thomas, can be found on the official YouTube channel and the Nick Jr website.
  • Cranky worrying that he'll be replace is similar to when Salty was worried if Porter is going to replace him.


  • David Menkin is not credited in the UK credits for voicing Porter.
  • Steven Kynman is credited in the UK credits despite none of his characters speaking in that dub. This is likely because he was supposed to voice Porter in the UK version of the episode.
  • A section of Carly's rails run underneath Big Mickey.


  • Sir Topham Hatt: Uh? (Groans) What on earth is going on?
  • Cranky: Hello, sir, how are you? I'm fine. Better than fine. Busy, busy, busy - that's me! Can't stop, work to do! Lifting and loading, loading and lifting just like always! Busy, busy, busy! (Gasps)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: (Stutters)
  • Dock Worker: (Sobbing noise)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Oh dear, oh dear.
  • The Dock Manager: Sir! I must speak to ya about Cranky! He's been working all night...
  • Cranky: Oh, no...

Sir Topham Hatt, Cranky, Dock Worker and The Dock Manager

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Cranky no Fim da Linha
Japanese クランキーのさいなん
Polish Przepracowany Karolek
Romanian Capăt de Linie pentru Cranky
Russian Крюк помощи
Spanish El Fin del Camino para Cranky

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