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"I'm Percy. I pull the mail trucks. They're red and they're wooden, and they're full of very exciting parcels!"
―Percy, Thomas and Scruff, fourteenth season

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Mail Vans
  • Class: Southern Railway CCT Vans
  • Designer: R. E. L. Maunsell
  • Builder: SR Ashford,Eastleigh,Brighton or Nine Elms Works
  • Built: sometime between 1924 and 1947
  • Configuration: 8 wheel bogie

Mail Vans are a type of van used to transport letters and parcels. They form The Mail Train, which is usually pulled by either Thomas or Percy. Oliver was once briefly transferred to the service and at times when the train is unable to run, Harold usually deputises for it. Since being transferred to the Harwick Branch Line, Daisy takes a mail van from Arlesburgh up to Harwick every morning. They are used at night, but in recent seasons, the vans are pulled in broad daylight. Since the seventeenth season, however, they seems to be pulled primarily at night again. Percy is almost always in charge, although other engines pull them occasionally.

Occasionally, mail is carried out on flatbeds or trucks.

Basis

The mail vans are based on British Railways' General Utility Vans (GUVs), previously known as Covered Carriage Trucks (CCTs). These vans were designed primarily for the transportation of letters and parcels and based on the BR Mark 2 coach design.

Livery

In the Railway Series, the mail vans were painted plain brown. In the television series, the mail vans are painted crimson with grey roofs. In the Model Series, they had "SODOR MAIL" on both sides, but was changed to an envelope with wings in the CGI Series.

Trivia

  • All the mail van models are currently on display at Drayton Manor. One used to be on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.
  • From the third to fifth season, the mail vans were made out of Tenmille gauge 1 Utility van kits. From the sixth season onwards, they were scratch built.
  • In the third and fourth seasons, two separate trains were pulled by Thomas and Percy as the load was too heavy for one engine to do the work alone.
  • The mail vans have gone through a couple modifications over the years:
    • Season 6:
      • Their roofs became slightly larger.
      • Their bufferbeams are lowered.
      • They became slightly taller.
      • Their liveries became slightly darker.
    • Hero of the Rails:
      • Their "SODOR MAIL" logos were replaced with envelopes with wings.
  • The wind-up models are repainted from JNR Coach's toys.

Merchandise

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS.C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU.L.P.N.C.B.VictoriaThomas' Other CoachesTroublesome TrucksThe Flying KipperThe Spiteful Brake VanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrainAnimal WagonsQuarry TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and Well WagonsMail CoachesUtility VansUtility TrucksThe Secondary Breakdown CraneThe Breakdown TrainBrake VansVansOld TendersPlank TrucksBranch Line CoachesTankersOpen-Topped Carriages
Old Slow CoachRockyHectorSlip CoachesJudy and JeromeGordon's Snow MachineThe Jet EngineThe Rock CrusherJames' TrucksThomas' TrucksToby's Museum CoachFlora's Tram CoachThe Photographer's DraisineThe CalliopeStephen's CoachesExpress CoachesOld CoachesThe Pump TrolleyThe Funfair TrainHoppersThe TravellerLadle TrucksMine Trolleys
The Elderly Brake VanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe Carriage CaféThe Animal Sanctuary CoachThe Naughty Pink TruckThe Posh CoachesAnnie and Clarabel's Old FriendCarols on WheelsThe Old Guard's VanThe Play CoachCircus CoachesThe Station CoachThe Grabber TruckAquarium Tank Wagons

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