Thomas and Cranky Coal Loader £17.49 @ Toys R Us
This Thomas and Cranky Coal Loader set includes a full track, magnetic pieces (!), and is a battery operated fun machine that has Thomas load the coal, carry it to the quarry, drop it into the hopper where it falls down the chute ready for Cranky to lift up and tip into the loading bay.
The kit does come with a lot of extra bits and pieces and should offer kids plenty of fun as they take Thomas up and down the rails carrying coal. While there isn’t a lot of information about exactly what the product does, it looks as if the whole thing is automated.
Thanks to doodledoo at HUKD!