Harvey is a tank engine with a crane mounted on top of his boiler, which makes him look rather unusual. He is involved in repair, recovery and industrial jobs on the railway.


Thomas & Friends

When Harvey first came to the island, the engines said he looked different and all the engines expect Thomas did not trust Harvey, but when he saved Percy after an accident with some Troublesome Trucks at Bulgy's Bridge, they realised that his difference was what made him special. Since then, he has proved very useful, using his crane arm for maintenance, building and clearing up. He mainly works at Brendam and the Shunting Yards, but his favourite place to be is at the Water Works, where he is said to live.

Since his additional to the railway, Harvey has helped after many accidents, but he could not do it alone, so Rocky was brought to help.

Bill and Ben made fun of Harvey for being both a crane and an engine However, Porter helped Harvey see to the positives of being a crane engine. The dock manager asked Harvey to deliver flatbeds of scrap metal to Vicarstown since Edward had been delayed, but because he wasn't paying attention when he was going down Gordon's Hill, his flatbeds derailed and made a terrible mess. Fortunately for Harvey, he was able to use his crane to clear it up and was able to deliver the cargo. He also helped Thomas back onto the rails after an accident.

Harvey teamed up with Samson with collecting track side scrap for the scrapyards while Scruff was being repaired and building The Earl's new Dinosaur Park.

Diesel tried to make mischief between him and Daisy by saying that the other was boasting about being unique. However, this led to the two becoming good friends. Also, when a branch got stuck in his gear, he tried to fix the problem himself, only to make himself derail in a tunnel. After he was repaired, he spin his crane fast enough to throw a crate all the way to a dock worker. He later did the same thing again after Rebecca told him how cool he looks with his crane while helping Bill and Ben clear up the accident.


Harvey is a relentlessly cheery, big-hearted, helpful crane engine. He has a very odd shape, due to his crane attachment atop his boiler, which he can be sensitive about should other engines make fun of it. However, he is very able to show that his crane is very useful in lifting cargo, trucks, and sometimes some smaller engines.

He has a booming, thoughtful voice and large wooden buffers. He is happy to work anywhere, ready to help clear up after an accident, and offer words of care, comfort, and advice.

Technical Details


Harvey is painted burgundy with yellow and red lining and brown, square, wooden buffers. His name is written in yellow on his sides and the number "27" is written on both sides of his crane arm in yellow.


Harvey is based on Dubs Crane Engine No. 4101, nicknamed "Dubsy", built in Glasgow, Scotland. "Dubsy" is presently based at the Foxfield Railway the Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire, England.


Thomas & Friends

  • Series 6 - Harvey to the Rescue and No Sleep for Cranky
  • Series 7 - The Spotless Record (does not speak), Toby's Windmill (does not speak), Bad Day at Castle Loch, Peace and Quiet and Three Cheers for Thomas (deleted scene)
  • Series 8 - Thomas and the Tuba, Thomas Saves the Day, Percy's Big Mistake (does not speak), Thomas Gets it Right (cameo), Fish (does not speak) and Emily's Adventure (not named; does not speak)
  • Series 9 - Thomas and the Rainbow and Thomas' New Trucks (does not speak)
  • Series 10 - Edward Strikes Out
  • Series 11 - Thomas and the Lighthouse (does not speak)
  • Series 12 - Excellent Emily (does not speak) and Saved You! (does not speak)
  • Series 17 - Gone Fishing and Thomas' Shortcut (does not speak)
  • Series 18 - Toad's Adventure (cameo), Samson Sent for Scrap and Millie and the Volcano
  • Series 20 - Bradford the Brake Van (cameo) and Blown Away
  • Series 21 - A Most Singular Engine, Stuck in Gear and Emily in the Middle (cameo)
  • Series 22 - What Rebecca Does
  • Series 24 - A New Arrival and The Great Little Railway Show


  • 2005 - Calling All Engines! (does not speak)
  • 2008 - The Great Discovery
  • 2016 - The Great Race (model only)
  • 2017 - Journey Beyond Sodor (does not speak)

Music Videos

  • Series 7 - Five New Engines in the Shed, There Once Was an Engine Who Ran Away, Salty, and The Whistle Song
  • Series 8 - Determination
  • Calling All Engines! - Trying and Together
  • Series 9 - Brave, Pride, and Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor
  • Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - The Work Song and One Friendly Family
  • Series 10 - H is for Harold, Navigation and Strength
  • The Great Discovery - There's a Job for Everyone and Thomas, You're the Leader
  • Series 17 - Hey, Hey Thomas! and On a Journey Today
  • Series 18 - The Best Friends Express
  • Thomas' YouTube World Tour - A World Around You
  • Series 19 - Engine Roll Call
  • Journey Beyond Sodor - I Want to Go Home (cameo)
  • Series 21 - Set Friendship in Motion

Learning Segments

  • Series 8 - Steamies and Diesels Sounds (cameo) and Helping One Another
  • Calling All Engines! - Which Engine for Which Job?
  • Series 10 - Right Sized Engine for the Job

Voice Actors

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; seventeenth series onwards)
  • Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan; sixth - eight series)
  • Toshiharu Sakurai (Japan; ninth series onwards, excluding the twentieth series)
  • Kunihiro Kawamoto (Japan; twentieth series only)
  • Enrique Cervantes (Latin America; seventeenth series only)
  • Victor Covarrubias (Latin America; eighteenth series onwards)
  • Sigbjorn Solhiem (Norway; seventeenth series only)
  • TBA (Norway; eighteenth series onwards)
  • Martin Lohmann (Germany; seventeenth series onwards)
  • Roy Martens (Germany; Audio Book; Calling All Engines! only)
  • Konstantin Graudus (Germany; Audio Book only)
  • Paul Disbergen (The Netherlands)
  • Jacek Krol (Poland; seventeenth and eighteenth series)
  • TBA (Poland; twentieth series only)
  • Tomasz Borkowski (Poland; twenty-first series onwards)
  • Leopoldo Ballesteros (Spain; seventeenth series onwards)
  • Denis Bespalyy (Russia; seventeenth series onwards)
  • Haris Grigoropoulos (Greece)


  • Excluding Percy's workshop friends and The Marklin Engine, Harvey is the 27th standard gauge engine introduced in the Television Series, which corresponds with his number.
  • Harvey is the only Character created by Jonathan Trueman that isn't related to Jack and the Pack Keith Wickham gives Harvey a Scottish accent, reflecting his basis' origins.
  • In the twelfth series episode Saved You!, Harvey appeared without a CGI Series face. However, a magazine had two images from this episode showing Harvey with one. These same pictures appeared again in the annual story Gordon Takes a Shortcut.
  • Harvey has an angry face mask which has never been used in any episode he appears in on-screen, it was however present in rare picture from the seventh season episode, Peace and Quiet.
  • One of Harvey's models was recently on display at Drayton Manor, but was returned to HiT Entertainment.
  • Harvey has gone through several changes throughout the television series. These include:
    • Thomas' New Trucks and Right Sized Engine for the Job Learning Segment only:
      • He has a claw.
    • Series 12:
      • His whistle sound changes.
    • Series 17:
      • He gains permanent head and tail lamps.
      • He gains a brake pipe on his front and back, despite his basis not having one.
  • One of Harvey's face masks (Production-made) was sold from The Prop Gallery. Two of his masks were sold to the Top Props preservation group.
  • Much of Harvey's merchandise incorrectly depicts him as brown instead of red and also depict him with black buffers instead of brown.
  • According to The Official Website and merchandise bios, Harvey's favourite location is the Sodor Waterworks.
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