The Breakdown Crane is a type of mobile railway crane from The Island of Sodor. It is used to lift engines back onto the tracks when they derail, but it is also utilized to shift cargo within yards and depots. The main components are the titular crane wagon, typically coupled to a flatbed, and a small coach for carrying workmen and tools to help with rescue operations. The coaches and flatbeds are sometimes used outside rescue operations for alternative purposes, such as carrying construction materials, machinery and cargo, and carrying workmen to their workplaces.

Technical Details


The cranes are based on a Cowans Sheldon 30 ton breakdown crane. The works unit coach is based on a Great Western Railway "LE4MW" class coach, which has been converted into a workmen's compartment coach. however in the Railway Series it appears similar to non-corridor suburban coaches operated by the LMS.


The cranes and flatbeds are painted dark green-grey, as was the coach.

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