Ned is an old and clumsy steam shovel, who works for the Sodor Construction Company.


Biography

Thomas & Friends

Ned mainly carries out clearance work and quarry digging. Ned is sometimes clumsy, but can always be relied on by his friends. Once he nearly caused a terrible accident by knocking out the keystone of a bridge when Thomas was due to cross with a goods train. Luckily, Jack managed to save the day by supporting the bridge until Thomas backed up. He also clearing a rubble from a demolition site at the Brickworks and knocked down a building by accident, which Oliver was unable to do.

Ned was once accused of knocking over slate, which Jack was at fault there, and was arranged to be sent back to the yard. Luckily, Jack confessed before Ned was to be sent away by Thomas.

Personality

Ned means well, but he can sometimes be clumsy. But apart from minor bumps and accidents, Ned's heart is as big as his bucket and he is a valued member of the Pack.

Technical Details

Basis

Ned is based on a Erie Type B Steam Shovel sharing features with a Thew Type O Steam Shovel (early 20th Century).

Livery

Ned is painted two-tone orange with a grey roof and bucket, and a brown arm and chassis. The number "19" and and the words "Sodor Construction Company" are painted on his sides in yellow.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

  • Season 6 - Jack Jumps In (cameo) and A Friend in Need
  • Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - A Visit from Thomas, Jack Owns Up, On Site with Thomas, Percy's Scary Tale (cameo), Thomas and the Moles (does not speak), Thomas' Trusty Friends and Alfie Has Kittens

He will appear in the twenty-third season.

Specials

  • 2008 - The Great Discovery
  • 2014 - Tale of the Brave (Possibly mentioned)

Music Videos

  • Jack and the Sodor Construction Company - The Work Song and One Friendly Family
  • The Great Discovery - There's a Job for Everyone and Thomas, You're the Leader

Books

  • 2006 - May the Best Engine Win! (cameo) and Jack
  • 2007 - Alfie
  • 2008 - Thomas and the Great Discovery
  • 2011 - Alfie the Excavator, Jack the Front Loader and The Big Book of Engines
  • 2015 - A Really Useful Engine and Thomas' New Friend

Magazine Stories

  • 2003 - Jack Helps Out (does not speak)

Video Games

  • 2008 - Begins Educational Learning
  • 2017 - Read and Play!

Voice Actors

  • Yasuhiro Takato (Japan; sixth season only)

Trivia

  • Ned is one of the machines whose silhouette is pictured in the Pack's logo.
  • Ned does not have windows on the front of his cab, making it difficult for an operator to see what is happening. He also has his jib arm right in front of his cab, which could make visibility difficult.
  • Originally, Ned had "Packard & Co." written on the sides of his body. It was later changed to "Sodor Construction Company" as of Jack and the Sodor Construction Company, however his Take Along and Wind-up toys still have "Packard & Co." written on his sides.
  • In The Great Discovery, Ned's eye pupils were significantly thicker than they were previously.
  • Ned's tyres constantly reappear and disappear thoughtout the series.
  • In the Italian version, Ned is referred to as female.
  • In earlier, concepts, Ned's name was suppose to be Ted, which is also the name of Henry's fireman.

Merchandise

  • Take Along (discontinued)
  • TrackMaster (discontinued)
  • Capsule Plarail (discontinued)
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