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The Coal Hopper is the main location where the steam engines get their coal.

It is located on the Loop Line near Crosby.

It first appeared in the eighth series episode, Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough, returned in Hero of the Rails, and has appeared frequently since.

There are also coal hoppers at the Knapford Yard, since the Adventure Begins one at Knapford Station Yard and two at Arlesburgh Goods Yard on the Little Western.



  • Prior to the eighth series, the engines took on coal from hoppers located in Shunting Yards or from staithes near sidings.
  • In the eighth series, the loop line was not present.