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“I did it! I did it! Smashed to smithereens! Do you want me to break anything else?"
"Ow! No! I think you've done enough for one day.”
―Ned & Oliver after the successful demolition of the brickworks[src]

Ned is a steam shovel who works for the Sodor Construction Company.


Thomas & Friends

Ned mainly carries out clearance work and quarry digging. Ned is sometimes clumsy, but can always be relied on by his friends. Once he nearly caused a terrible accident by knocking out the keystone of a bridge when Thomas was due to cross with a goods train. Luckily, Jack managed to save the day by supporting the bridge until Thomas backed up. He also cleared rubble from a demolition site at the Brickworks and knocked down a building by accident, which Oliver was unable to do.

Ned was once accused of knocking over slate, which Jack was at fault for, and was arranged to be sent back to the yard. Luckily, Jack confessed before Ned was to be sent away by Thomas.


Ned means well, but he can sometimes be clumsy. But apart from minor bumps and accidents, Ned's heart is as big as his bucket and he is a valued member of the Pack.

Technical Details


Ned is based on a Erie Type B Steam Shovel sharing features with a Thew Type O Steam Shovel (early 20th Century). One can be seen operating at the Denton FarmPark in Denton, North Carolina.


Ned is painted two-tone orange with a grey roof and bucket, and a brown arm and chassis. The number "19" and the words "Sodor Construction Company" (originally the words "Packard & Co.") are painted on his sides in yellow.


Official Description

From Official Media[1]

Ned: Ned is a big, lumbering steam shovel. He is as sweet as he is strong, and always seems to be happy regardless of the situation. He is, however, sometimes scattered and is constantly bumping, squashing or breaking things. Because of this the machines sometimes get down on Ned, but never for too long as they know he's always trying his hardest to do a great job.

From Official Website[2]

Ned: Ned is a the steam shovel on the construction team. He seems to live in his own world and is consequently always bumping, squashing or breaking something. Ned doesn't understand everything, the simpler the better. Even so, Ned always puts his best effort into any job and is always appreciated by his team.


  • Ned is one of the machines whose silhouette is pictured in the Pack's logo.
  • Ned does not have windows on the front of his cab, making it difficult for an operator to see what is happening. He also has his jib arm right in front of his face, which could make visibility difficult. This could be intentionally be the reason behind his clumsy personality.
  • Originally, Ned had "Packard & Co." written on the sides of his body in the sixth series. It was later changed to "Sodor Construction Company" as of Jack and the Sodor Construction Company, however his Take Along and Wind-up toys still have "Packard & Co." written on his sides.
  • In The Great Discovery, Ned's eye pupils were significantly thicker than they were previously.
  • Ned's tyres constantly reappear and disappear throughout the series.
  • In earlier concepts, Ned's name was supposed to be Ted, which is also the name of Henry's fireman. According to Robert Gauld-Galliers, Ned was originally going to be female and called Sophie. Furthermore, in the Italian dub, Ned is referred to as female.[2]
  • Ned was the first character in the franchise to get released in a merchandise line that was not Wooden Railway or Ertl.
  • Ned had a total of twelve facial expressions, five of which (drowsy, angry, sleeping, dozing and confused) were not used on-screen.[3] However, his drowsy face only appeared in the promotional images of the sixth series episodes, Jack Jumps In and A Friend in Need.
  • Ned is indirectly referenced in Tale of the Brave when Thomas tells Marion he has seen a steam shovel before.
  • Ned is one of the characters to be indirectly mentioned in CGI series but never appear there, the others being Mighty Mac, Freddie and Byron.



Non-rail vehicles

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

* RWS only | ** T&F only | ✦ Changed location