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  • Built: 1945

Rocky is a large breakdown crane who is part of the Sodor Search and Rescue Team.


When Rocky was new to Sodor, Gordon and Edward were sceptical about his abilities, noting that Harvey could travel under his own power. Later, Edward carelessly left the docks before his cargo was properly secured, causing pipes to spill onto the Main Line. Edward was adamant that Harvey could clear up the line, but the little crane engine was too small to finish the job quickly and as a result, Gordon crashed into the pipes. Edward returned to Brendam to pick up Rocky, who cleared the line and put Gordon back on the rails.

Since this incident, Rocky has become an invaluable asset to the railway. He is frequently called upon to lift loads and help out after accidents. He is based at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, but is seen at the docks and other places like Sodor Slate Quarry helping out. He also tells the other members of the search and rescue team about the calls to action.

In Blue Mountain Mystery, Rocky helped clear up the broken Blondin Bridge, nearly took off Skarloey's cab and lifted Thomas onto Owen's platform.

In the eighteenth season, Rocky and James attempted to help Duck get out of a flooded track, but due to James leaving before Rocky's crane arm could be secured down properly, Rocky inadvertently knocked over a signal.

In the nineteenth season, Rocky was taken to Bluff's Cove to lift a beached whale onto a flatbed bound for Brendam. He also rescued both Thomas and James. He later derailed near Ulfstead Castle and the rest of the rescue team had to learn to work together to help him.

Duck brought him to lift Thomas out of a deep cavern after the track had collapsed and he later pulled Captain Calles' Pirate Ship out too. He received credit for finding the ship even though Thomas had found it, which annoyed Thomas. Later, he rescued Thomas after he fell in the water and attended the Harwick Branch Line opening ceremony.


Rocky likes to lift heavy objects such as engines, coaches, and trucks. He is a friendly and careful crane and helps the engines when there is an accident. He takes pride in his work and is always happy to help.


Rocky is a Ransome and Rapier 45-ton steam crane, built around 1945.


Rocky is painted a dull red colour with yellow hazard stripes on his sides and back.


Television series


Magazine stories

Voice Actors


  • One of Rocky's television series used to be on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.
  • Rocky has a much taller cab than his basis, in order to accommodate a face.
  • Rocky does not have windows on the front of his cab, making it difficult for the operator to see what is happening.
  • In the eleventh season episode Thomas and the Runaway Car, it was stated that Rocky was too heavy for Thomas to move, but since the CGI switch, Thomas has been able to move him.
    • The same goes for Percy in the fourteenth season. In Being Percy, Percy stated he was not strong enough to pull Rocky on his own, but since the nineteenth season, Percy has been able to move Rocky.
  • Rocky has gone through some changes in the Television series:
    • Since the CGI switch-over, Rocky's face has been lowered down.
    • In the nineteenth season, Rocky gains a tail lamp.
  • Rocky has no visible whistle, despite it being heard once.


  • Wooden Railway
  • Motor Road and Rail (discontinued outside Asia)
  • TrackMaster
  • Take Along (discontinued)
  • My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
  • Take-n-Play
  • Wind-up (Japan only)
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