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"Two cranes working in perfect harmony!"
"Don't you mean
three cranes? What?"
"So NOW you speak? You've been standing there silent all these years, Big Mickey, and you've never said a single word!"
"Well, you've never said a single word to me either!"
"
— Salty, Big Mickey and Cranky, Cranky and Carly, Amazing Adventures


Big Mickey is a large hammerhead crane that works at Brendam Docks, alongside Cranky and Carly. He was originally a character from Thomas & Friends' sister show, TUGS.

Bio

When Big Mickey first arrived on Sodor, he was originally stationed at Knapford Harbour, where he used to work as seen during the third and fourth seasons. In the fourth season episode, Special Attraction, Big Mickey was fitted with a grapple bucket.

Later on in the fifth season, Big Mickey was moved to Brendam Docks. In the seventh season episode, Edward's Brass Band, Big Mickey was unloading a huge boiler from a ship. Suddenly, he swung the boiler, which caused it to knock Edward onto his side.

Later in the twenty-first season, he took everyone by surprise after not making communication with anyone for years and became part of the dockside crew with Cranky and Carly.

Persona

As Big Mickey was said to be silent for a long time, mainly because no one has "ever said a single word to him", very little is known about him (casting aside his known persona from TUGS), although it can be assumed that he is not the best at communicating, as Salty put it.

Basis

Big Mickey is based on a 350-ton Hammerhead crane. He most strongly resembles the US Navy's "League Island Crane" built in 1919 by the McMyler-Interstate Company for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. At a height of 100 feet and a weight of 3,500 tons, it was the world's largest crane at the time. It was scrapped in 1996 following the yard's closure.

Livery

Big Mickey used to be painted in a light shade of grey during the third, fourth and fifth seasons. However, ever since his overhaul in the sixth season, he has been painted in a warm shade of grey.

On the set of TUGS (1989)

Big Mickey and his model were carried over from Thomas & Friends' sister show, TUGS. He was the yard's biggest crane and voiced by the late Timothy Bateson. Originally stationed at the Steel Company dock and later used by the Navy. In the episode Munitions, a fire causes his dock to collapse and he sinks. After the show's cancellation, his model was refurbished and modified with a warmer shade of grey paint and losing his megaphone.

Appearances

Main Roles

BIG MICKEY - MAIN ROLES - STORIES FROM SODOR
Season 10 - A Tale of Three Cranes
Friendly Faces Around Sodor - Cranky, Carly, and Big Mickey

Total Appearances

BIG MICKEY - WITH FACE - TOTAL APPEARANCES - STORIES FROM SODOR
Season 2 - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 1 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Season 10 - Speaking Roles: 2 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 1 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Season 11 - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 1 - Cameos: 0 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Amazing Adventures - Speaking Roles: 1 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 1 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Friendly Faces Around Sodor - Speaking Roles: 1 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 0 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
BIG MICKEY - FACELESS - TOTAL APPEARANCES - STORIES FROM SODOR
Engine Friends - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 9 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0
Amazing Adventures - Speaking Roles: 0 - Non Speaking Roles: 0 - Cameos: 8 - Mentions: 0 - Possible Appearances: 0

Totals

  • Speaking Roles: 4
  • Non-Speaking Roles: 1
  • Cameos: 3
  • Faceless Cameos: 17
  • Mentions: 0

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