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New Crane on the Dock is the ninth episode of the twenty-first season.


Carly the new crane is so keen that she takes on all the work. After Cranky finds himself with nothing to do, he works harder and faster in a bid to keep up with her. But as the two cranes frantically try to outdo one another, their hooks become entangled and they find themselves stuck fast and unable to move. Eventually Salty tells a story of a two-headed monster that worked together to get what they wanted. Cranky and Carly work together to untie the knot and Salty says they work in harmony. Big Mickey says that there are three cranes and all the engines and cranes are surprised that he speaks. They also welcomed him to the team.







  • This episode marks the first time Big Mickey is seen with a face as well as the first time he speaks and is referred to by name in Thomas & Friends.
  • Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the twenty-first season.
  • Ian McCue joins the voice cast.
  • The name of the episode is a play on the old expression "new kid on the block."
  • The fish net on Salty is in the same position on him as the other one was in Diesel's Ghostly Christmas. It's possible that the animators reused Salty's model with the net on him from that episode in this episode.
  • During Salty's story, the sea serpent is named "Mildred." This is an in-joke to Carly's original name. Salty is unsure as to what the serpent's name actually was, saying it could also have been Monstro, which is a reference to the 1940 Walt Disney animated film Pinocchio.
  • This episode marks the very first reference to TUGS (In this case, Big Mickey is now a part of both TUGS and Thomas & Friends).


  • In one of the shots of Big Mickey rotating towards Cranky, Carly and Thomas, Salty and Carly are not fully on their respective rails.