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The Ballast Cleaner is a specialized petrol-driven machine used for cleaning ballast on the North Western Railway. The Ballast Cleaner is painted yellow and, unusually, is seen wearing goggles.

Technical Details


The Ballast Cleaner's specific basis is unknown, however, he is based on a piece of rail transport maintenance of way equipment that specialises in cleaning track ballast of impurities. They are often used in conjunction with ballast tampers while maintaining track.


The Ballast Cleaner is painted yellow with the words "Sodor Chain Load Undercut" painted in red on his side.



  • He was the first and only non-human character in The Railway Series to wear glasses.
  • In The Railway Series, he was depicted with a black face, but his Wooden Railway toy is depicted with a normal grey face to match the other characters.
  • In the Wooden Railway range, he is known as the "Sodor Railway Repair". However, this title is technically inaccurate, as he is not strictly used for repair.




* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped