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There are many types of express coaches used for fast trains on the Main Line of the North Western Railway.

Green Express Coaches

"Would you like to see my express carriages? They're the grandest on the Island!"
―Gordon, Thomas and Scruff, fourteenth season

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Green Express Coaches

These green coaches have appeared since the first season and are primarily used for the express. Between the thirteenth and sixteenth seasons, the green express coaches seemed to be exclusive to Gordon as he was the only engine ever seen pulling them. Since the seventeenth season, however, other engines have occasionally been seen pulling them again. In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, the coaches were involved in an accident when Thomas thundered out of Knapford with the coaches after criticising Gordon for being lazy for not getting his own coaches.

In the first and second seasons, the express coaches had the ability to talk, despite not having visible faces.

Basis

The models of the Express Coaches were based off of Southern Railway standard non-corridor stock built by Maunsell in 1925. They have broad windows on one side and narrow windows on the other. Since the CGI series, the coaches' design had been altered to be much taller and thinner compared to the previous ones.

Livery

These coaches are dark green with cream windows. In the second season, the cream part was repainted white, then cream again in Season 3, with a yellow stripe running down the sides since Season 8.

Merchandise

Red Express Coaches

"Do you have smart coaches? I see that you do"
―Sir Handel admiring Gordon's coaches, A Bad Day for Sir Handel, fourth season

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Red Express Coaches

The red coaches did not appear until the second season and are generally used for other fast trains, but occasionally used for the express. These coaches are commonly pulled by Edward, Henry and James. In the third season, Duck commonly pulled them on the Little Western. Gordon pulled them in the fourth season when he met Sir Handel and in the fifth season when he went to go test the new station. They were absent between the twelfth and twentieth seasons.

Some red express coaches are owned by the Other Railway and are pulled by the Flying Scotsman.

Basis

The models of the Express Coaches were based off of Southern Railway standard non-corridor stock built by Maunsell in 1925. Since the CGI series, the coaches' design had been altered to be much taller and thinner compared to the previous ones.

Livery

Between the second and fourth seasons, the coaches were dark red with white windows. From the fifth season onwards, the windows were cream and they have a yellow stripe running down the sides.

Merchandise

Special Express Coaches

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Special Express Coaches

The special coaches were used for carrying and transporting special visitors across the Island of Sodor. Gordon once used the coaches to carry a Dowager Hatt to WellsworthJames has also used the coaches several times, and once used them to take Mrs. Kyndley to the funfair at Tidmouth Bay. Later on, James used the coaches to transport the Mayor.

The coaches were later pulled by Spencer for private usage of the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. In the Railway Series, these coaches were part of the "Limited" train.

Basis

In the Railway Series, they were based on BR MK1 coaches, while in the television series, they appear to be based off of Mk1 Suburban carriages without corridors.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television Series

Livery

The coaches were painted maroon with silver buffers, grey roofs, and red lining, bufferbeams and couplings.

Merchandise

Railway Series-only Coaches

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Orange Express Coaches

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Blue Express Coaches

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Brown Express Coaches

Bio

Express coaches form the fast and important passenger trains and are normally pulled by Gordon, James, or Henry. Several of these coaches form the express, known as the "Wild Nor' Wester" - usually pulled by Gordon, although Henry, James, and Bear take the train when Gordon is busy - other coaches form the "Limited", which was pulled by Bear in Enterprising Engines.

The Diesel was supposed to pull the express in Bowled Out, but he broke down, so Duck and Stepney pulled it instead. In the late 1950s, Gordon would stop at Barrow-in-Furness with the express and an engine from the Other Railway would take the train on to London.

Basis

The orange coaches appear to be based on the LMS Stanier Third-Class Open carriages, whilst the blue were based on BR Mk1 Coaches and the brown coaches were based on GWR Suburban Coaches.

Livery

The coaches were primarily painted yellow-orange until circa 1984, when they were repainted brown with a yellow stripe. There were also some blue and white coaches.

Merchandise


The Royal Train

"I heard it's even more important than the express coaches."
―Percy, The Royal Carriage

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The Royal Train

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The Royal Carriage

The Royal Train was the train that transported Queen Elizabeth II in Paint Pots and Queens. Henry was supposed to pull it, but after an accident with some paint cans, Gordon was given the job. In both the Railway Series and the television series, it was made up of blood and custard express coaches with whitewall wheels and white buffers.

Another Royal Carriage appeared in the magazine story, The Royal Carriage. This carriage is painted brown with red flags and a crown on its roof. Inside it has some comfortable chairs and a royal blue carpet. It is on display at the Sodor Museum.

Trivia

  • The coach in the magazine somewhat has Henrietta's shape.

The Dining Coach

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The Dining Coach

The Dining Coach, also known as The Buffet Car, is often added to the express so that people can have something to eat and drink on their journey. It has a bar, serving area, pantry, and tables.

Livery

In the television series, the coach is painted green with custard-yellow window surrounds and it looks identical to Gordon's Express coaches but with differences. Henry once bumped this coach, making its contents fly everywhere. In the magazines, the Buffet Car is painted yellow-orange and has yellow stripes.


Gordon's Special Coaches

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Gordon's Special Coaches

For breaking his speed-record again, Gordon was rewarded with a new set of special coaches, Emily was to collect them to deliver them to the ceremony, but Diesel stole the coaches and hid them in a siding, Diesel gave them back after he told Emily that he too had set a record.

Basis

Gordon's special coaches are based on Southern Railway Maunsell standard non-corrior carriages.

Livery

Gordon's special coaches are painted in a dark blue coat of paint, with a gold-brown stripe of paint underneath the windows.

Appearance

Gordon's special coaches only appeared in the tenth season episode, Emily and the Special Coaches.

Merchandise

Other Coaches

Four grey coaches with an orange stripe appeared in Thomas and the Big, Big Bridge.

A white express coach with orange lining was seen in the 2006 magazine story, Splendid Sight.

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • In the magazine story, Airship, Gordon's express carriages are once referred to as "Pullman Coaches".
  • Some of the express coaches' TV series models are currently on display; three red and two green at Drayton Manor and two red at the Hara Model Railway Museum in Japan.
  • The wind-up models are repainted from JNR Coach's toys.
  • In the CGI series the Dining Coach is the only express coach with an aisle.
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