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Kelly is a mobile crane who works for the Sodor Construction Company. He is the oldest member of the Pack and originally belonged to Miss Jenny's father.


Thomas & Friends

Kelly was one of the first members of the Pack that Jack met, and he and Isobella both advised him to see the Foreman. A while later, he attempted to try and help Jack hold up a bridge that was collapsing, but by the time he had rushed over to the bridge, it had already collapsed.

Later, Kelly told the story of the One-eyed Truck to Percy and the rest of the Pack. Kelly also gained a fear of strong winds after an accident in which he was blown over, but he got over this fear after he rescued Isobella from falling off the Old Quarry Bridge. When Max and Monty carelessly crashed into the lightning tree, he, Alfie and Oliver held the tree up while Jack went to fetch the props and the tree was saved. He later helped with the restoration of Great Waterton.


Kelly is good at heart and gets along with everyone. He is especially good friends with Isobella. He is seen by many as the team's leader, and is usually given the most dangerous work to do. He will not be rushed and understands that work of this kind takes extreme care. Kelly used to have a slight fear of strong winds, but he conquered that fear when he rescued Isobella.

Technical Details


Kelly's basis is unknown and appears to be a freelance design. He loosely resembles an Austin K6 lorry, built with a mobile crane body. Built from 1942, according to Royal Air Force order, these lorries were used by the British land forces during World War II.[2]


Kelly is painted navy blue with red lining and a cream crane arm. His wheels are navy blue with red lining. He has the number "17" painted on his sides in cream.


Official Description

From Official Media[1]

Kelly: Kelly is the oldest and most responsible in the yard. He was the first machine that Jenny Packard's father bought, and therefore shares a special relationship with Miss Jenny. Kelly is often called upon to assist vehicles in trouble and is always useful in any type of construction crisis.

From Official Website[2]

Kelly: Kelly is part of the construction team and is considered the team leader. He is often called upon to assist other vehicles who are in trouble. Many of Kelly’s tasks are dangerous and require great care and a steady hand. Kelly won’t be hurried. He understands that you take one task at a time.

Fun Fact: Kelly was the first machine Jenny Packard's father bought.

Audio Files


First used Last used Sound Effect
Jack and the Sodor Construction Company Jack and the Sodor Construction Company


  • Kelly is one of the machines whose silhouette is pictured on the Pack's logo.
  • Kelly's horn sound was reused for Madge and shared it with her. Before Thomas & Friends, the horn sound was also used in a Chevron commercial “Drive In movies”
  • Michael Brandon gave Kelly a Texan accent.
  • In the Czech version of Jack's Story Library book, Kelly is referred to as female.
  • Kelly had a total of eleven facial expressions, two of which (angry and sleeping) were not used on-screen.[3]



Non-rail vehicles

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