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Harvey is a tank engine with a crane mounted on top of his boiler, which makes him look rather unusual. He is involved in repair, recovery, and industrial jobs on the railway.


Thomas & Friends

When Harvey first came to the island, the engines said he looked different and all of them except Thomas did not trust him. However, he saved Percy after an accident with some Troublesome Trucks at Bulgy's Bridge and it made them realise that Harvey's difference is what makes him special. Since then, he has proved very useful and has used his crane arm for maintenance, building and clearing up. He mainly works at Brendam and the Shunting Yards, but his favourite place to be is at the Water Works, where he is said to live.

Since his addition to the railway, Harvey has helped after many accidents. However, he was not able to do it alone and Rocky was brought to help.

Bill and Ben made fun of Harvey for being both a crane and an engine. However, Porter helped Harvey see the positives of being a crane engine. The dock manager asked Harvey to deliver flatbeds of scrap metal to Vicarstown since Edward had been delayed, but he was not paying attention when he was going down Gordon's Hill and his flatbeds derailed. Fortunately for Harvey, he was able to use his crane to clear up the mess and was able to deliver the cargo. He also helped Thomas back onto the rails after an accident.

Harvey teamed up with Samson with collecting trackside scrap for the scrapyards while Scruff was being repaired and helped build the Earl's new Dinosaur Park.

Diesel tried to make mischief between him and Daisy by saying that the other was boasting about being unique. However, this led to the two becoming good friends. After a branch got stuck in his gears, Harvey tried to fix the problem himself. Unfortunately, he ended up derailing in a tunnel. After he was repaired, he spun his crane fast enough to throw a crate all the way to a dock worker. He later did the same thing again after Rebecca told him how cool he looks with his crane while helping Bill and Ben clear up the accident.


Harvey is a relentlessly cheery, big-hearted, helpful crane engine. He has a very odd shape, due to his crane attachment atop his boiler, which he can be sensitive about should other engines make fun of it. However, he is very able to show that his crane is very useful in lifting cargo, trucks, and sometimes some smaller engines. He has a tendency to throw a load if he gets excited enough.

He has a booming, thoughtful voice and large wooden buffers. He is happy to work anywhere, ready to help clear up after an accident and offer words of care, comfort and advice.

Technical Details


Harvey is painted maroon with yellow and red lining and brown, square, wooden buffers. His name is written in yellow on his sides and the number "27" is written on both sides of his crane arm in yellow.


Harvey is based on Dübs Crane Engine No. 4101, nicknamed "Dubsy", built in Glasgow, Scotland. "Dubsy" is presently based at the Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire, England.


Thomas & Friends


Music Videos

Learning Segments


Magazine Stories

Harvey also appeared in the magazine stories, Harvey Saves the Harvest!, Mighty Magnet!, Stone Signal, Sunny Smile and The Open Top Bus.

Annual Stories


Audio Files


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Series 6 Series 10
Harvey Whistle
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Series 12 Active
Harvey's Whistle CGI


  • Excluding Percy's workshop friends and The Märklin Engine, Harvey is the 27th standard gauge engine introduced in the television series, which corresponds with his number, although Salty was introduced before him.
  • Harvey's face was inspired by Desperate Dan, from The Dandy comics, minus the stubble.
  • Harvey is the only character created by Jonathan Trueman that is not related to Jack and the Pack.
  • Keith Wickham gives Harvey a Scottish accent, reflecting his basis' origins.
  • In the twelfth series episode, Saved You!, Harvey appeared without a CGI Series face. However, a magazine had two images from this episode showing Harvey with one. These same pictures appeared again in the annual story Gordon Takes a Shortcut.
  • One of Harvey's models was on display at Drayton Manor, but was returned to HiT Entertainment.
  • One of Harvey's face masks (Production-made) was sold from The Prop Gallery. Two of his face masks were sold to the Top Props preservation group.
  • Lots of Harvey's merchandise incorrectly depicts him as brown instead of red and with black buffers instead of brown.
  • According to The Official Website and merchandise bios such as his ERTL and Take Along cards, Harvey's favourite location is the Sodor Waterworks.
  • From the sixth to twelfth series, Harvey had at least two face masks: furious and sleeping; that were never used on-screen. However, his furious face mask was used in a rare picture from the seventh series episode, Peace and Quiet.


“Maybe my coming here wasn't such a good idea, Sir".
"But the engines don't like me, I'm too different".
"Different" is what makes you special.”
―Harvey and the Fat Controller, Harvey to the Rescue, sixth season
“Hey there! You're a Really Useful Engine... or should I say, you're a Really Useful Crane!"
"I'm a crane engine, so you can say either I suppose".
"Oooh, look Ben. It's Harvey! What's he doing down at the docks?"
"He's probably trying to go fishing, Bill. Better put your hook in the water, Harvey, if you want to catch something!”
Porter, Harvey, Bill and Ben, Gone Fishing, seventeenth series



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