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Motor Road and Rail (previously known as Tomica World and currently Plarail Thomas in Japan) is a battery-operated railway system manufactured by TOMY. The engines run on plastic blue track and the roadway vehicles run on a grey road. "Thomas Motor Road and Rail" is not compatible with other toy brands, although the vehicles in the range are the same gauge as and fit well on Wooden Railway track and vice-versa. Outside Asia, HiT Toy Company bought the licence for the range in 2007 and replaced it with the TrackMaster range.

TOMY Trains

In 1992, TOMY announced a line of Thomas and Friends characters in their TOMY Trains range (now discontinued). The trains were larger, had magnetic couplings and ran on dark blue tracks. The following locomotives were made in that year:

There were also two sets available:

  • Thomas' Day Out: Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel with an oval of track
  • Thomas and Percy's Big Adventure: Thomas, Percy, Annie, Clarabel, and trucks with sheds and raised tracks

In 1994, TOMY released the following engines, each with a tender and a driver:

In 1998, the range was discontinued and replaced with a new line, based upon the Plarail system already in use in Japan.

Engines

1992

1993

  • Henry with Box car and Log car

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

  • Bill with trucks full of coal

2003

  • Harvey with works coach and flatbed
  • Salty with trucks with tarped cargo

2004

2005

  • Arthur with truck full of fish and box car

2006

2007

2008

2009

  • Stanley with blue truck and log car

2010

  • Hiro with truck of paint

2011

  • Dash with two trucks of logs

2012

  • Belle with water and fuel tankers
  • Flynn with water tank trailer
  • Victor with truck and flatbed

2013

  • Luke with truck of paint and yellow log car

2014

2015

2016

  • Ryan and unmotorised Skiff two-pack with truck

Vehicles

1996

1998

2000

2003

2004

  • Bulgy (green)

Packs

2003

  • Diesel, Cargo, and Freight Wagons (Includes S. C. Ruffey with barrels, red truck with trees, brown truck with fruit, green truck with fish, and the Breakdown Crane)
  • Thomas with the Jet Engine and DVD

2005

  • Metallic Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel
  • Steam Along Thomas with Annie and Clarabel

2006

  • Thomas with the Chinese Dragon, Troublesome Truck and DVD
  • Sodor Crane Set - Breakdown train, S. C. Ruffey, and fuel tanker (discontinued)
  • Red express coach (discontinued)
  • Raspberry syrup tanker and buffers (discontinued)
  • Blue freight car with rocks (discontinued)
  • Brown freight car with barrels (discontinued)
  • Green freight car with fruit (discontinued)
  • Annie and Clarabel Set - Annie, Clarabel, milk tanker, and troublesome brakevan (discontinued)
  • Sodor Passenger Car Set - Green express coach, Henrietta, Toad, and flatbed with crates (discontinued)

2007

2009

  • Percy and Happy Action Wagons
  • Thomas' Conductor's Carriage Ride
  • Percy and Circus Wagons set with special Percy, bumpy circus truck, spinning circus car, slate truck with chickens, and a circus van

2010

  • Hero of the Rails pack - Spencer, Hiro, and Rocky
  • Thomas on Parade set with special Thomas, bumpy truck, chocolate tanker, Old Slow Coach, and special Sir Topham Hatt figure
  • James and Pasture Wagons set with special James, truck with milk churns, cow truck, and slate truck with pigs

2011

  • Hiro and Aquarium Wagons
  • Tired Face Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
  • Shocked Percy and Rocky

2012

  • Gordon and Zoo Wagons set
  • Fire-Engine Flynn and Diesel 10 Rescue

2013

  • Patchwork Hiro
  • Mystery of the Blue Mountain Yellow Victor and Kevin

2014

  • Percy and Dinosaur Wagons
  • James and Amusement Park Freight Cars
  • Connor and Caitlin Super Express King of the Railway Set

2015

  • Gator and Marion
  • Bees Chasing Along with James Freight Car Set
  • Percy and Zoo Wagons

2016

Talking engines

Talk 'n' Action engines

In 2000, Talk 'n' Action engines were released with the ability to "talk" using special green pieces of track. The engines' first carriage is connected to them and cannot be taken off. Three of them were released outside of Japan.

  • Talk 'n' Action Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Percy with fuel tanker and mail van (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action James with cattle truck and brakevan (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Gordon with green express coach (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Henry with fish van and log car (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Toby with Henrietta and truck (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Diesel 10 with Splatter and Dodge (discontinued)

Plarail talking engines

In Japan, a line of engines that talk in Japanese were released in 2004.

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (only in Coal and Water Depot set; discontinued)
  • Percy with works coach and fuel tanker (discontinued)
  • James with red Express coach (discontinued)
  • Gordon with green Express coach (discontinued)
  • Henry with green Express coach (discontinued)
  • Edward with mail van (discontinued)

In 2011, the talking engines were discontinued but in 2013, some of the engines were brought back with updated cars and new voices from the ninth season-present voice cast.

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
  • Percy with Mail coach and brown wagon
  • James with Blue express coach
  • Hiro with red open car
  • Gordon with express coach

Destinations

Sets marked with an * were only released in Asia.

1994

  • Panorama Bag* (discontinued)

1998

  • Rail Drawbridge (discontinued)
  • Long Rail Tunnel (discontinued)
  • Road and Rail Tunnel (discontinued)
  • Engine Turntable (discontinued)
  • Road Turntable (discontinued)
  • Country Station (discontinued)
  • Road Tunnel (discontinued)
  • Automatic Crossing (discontinued)
  • Elsbridge Crossing station (discontinued)
  • Bridge Crossing

1999

2000

2003

  • Harold and Windmill Scenery Set (discontinued)
  • Switchyard and Sidings

2004

  • Sir Topham Hatt's Office* (discontinued)
  • Conductor's Office* (discontinued)

2005

  • Knapford Station (discontinued)
  • Suspension bridge (discontinued)
  • Engine Sheds and turntable (discontinued)
  • Water tower and coal loader (discontinued)
  • Mail Office* (discontinued)

2006

  • Sodor engine wash (discontinued)
  • Steam Along water tower (discontinued)
  • Quarry loader (discontinued)

2007

  • Cranky and Bulstrode at the Docks (discontinued)
  • Harold and cargo delivery (discontinued)
  • Sodor Rail Yard (discontinued)
  • Roller Coaster Mountain (discontinued)
  • Thomas Rail Map* (discontinued)

2014

  • Thomas Go Out Solid Map*
  • Load and Unload! Cranky in the Big Harbour*

2015

  • Big Thomas*
  • Fold up Thomas Storage Box*

2016

  • Thomas Put Away Play Map*

Expansion Packs

2002

  • Diesel expansion pack - Diesel with milk wagon, fuel tanker, and tracks (discontinued)
  • Talking Percy expansion pack - Talk 'n' Action Percy and tracks (discontinued)

2005

  • Railway expansion 1 - fuel tanker, truck, brakevan, and oval of track with sidings (discontinued)

2006

  • Railway expansion 2 - milk wagon, boxcar, truck, and oval of track (discontinued)
  • Track expansion pack (discontinued)
  • Thomas Track Expansion Pack
  • Station Crossing Accessory Kit

Sets

Sets marked with an * were only released in Asia.

1992

  • Thomas the Tank Engine set (first version; discontinued)
  • Thomas and Cranky Crane train set (discontinued)
  • Thomas dump car set* (discontinued)

1993

  • Henry the Green Engine set* (discontinued)

1998

  • Thomas Starter set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Medium set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Big set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Deluxe set (discontinued)

1999

  • Thomas Giant set (first version; discontinued)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine set (second version; discontinued)
  • Giant Thomas set* (discontinued)
  • Donald and Douglas Snowplough set* (discontinued)

2000

  • Lady and Diesel 10 Chasing Set

2001

  • Thomas Adventure set (later re-released as Talking Thomas and Harold Adventure set: discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Magic Rail set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Bucket set (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Freight Cars set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Going Out set* (discontinued)

2002

  • Percy and Bulgy set (discontinued)
  • A Day Out with James Set (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Terence Deluxe Action set/Thomas and Terence Adventure set/Thomas at the Timber Yard set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Station set (discontinued)
  • Thomas first Plarail set* (discontinued)
  • Bill and Ben Harbour Friends set* (discontinued)

2003

  • Thomas Snowplough set* (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Elizabeth set* (discontinued)

2004

  • Thomas Holiday set (discontinued)
  • Thomas' Big Race (discontinued)
  • Talking Thomas Coal and Water Depot set* (discontinued)
  • PlaKids Town Emily set* (discontinued)
  • Green Bulgy Roadway Expansion pack* (discontinued)
  • Bertie Motor on the Road Set

2005

  • Thomas Ultimate set (first version; discontinued)
  • Steam Along Thomas set (discontinued)
  • Water Tower Steam set (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Cranky Deluxe Action train set (discontinued)
  • The Great Race (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Bertie set (first version; discontinued)
  • Thomas' Railway Fun set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Water and Coal Station set (discontinued)
  • Harold at the Helipad set (discontinued)
  • Calling All Engines! set (discontinued)
  • Thomas at Harold's Heliport set* (discontinued)
  • Knapford Station Extension Rail set* (discontinued)
  • Thomas All Aboard Set

2006

  • Thomas Giant set (second version; discontinued)
  • Thomas Ultimate set (second version; discontinued)
  • Thomas, Percy and the Dragon (discontinued)
  • Thomas Engine Wash set (discontinued)
  • Sodor Quarry Loader set (discontinued)
  • Maitwaite Station set (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Percy Bucket set (discontinued)
  • Thomas Bridge and Quarry Mine Set

2007

  • Thomas Mega set (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Jeremy Airport set (discontinued)
  • Thomas at Roller Coaster Mountain set (discontinued)
  • Roller Coaster Mountain set (discontinued)

2008

  • Thomas and Bertie set (second version; discontinued)
  • Thomas and Jeremy's Airport set* (discontinued)

2009

  • Stanley at the Station* (discontinued)
  • Thomas colourful turn rail set* (discontinued)
  • Thomas at the suspension bridge set*
  • Thomas Basic set* (first version)
  • Thomas Chugs Along Set

2010

  • Thomas and Hiro set* (discontinued)
  • Thomas' Cruise set* (discontinued)
  • Emily Sloping Rail Set
  • Percy with Action Freight Car Set
  • Sodor Island Set

2011

  • Thomas and Wagons set*
  • Thomas and Bash Log Wagon set* (discontinued)
  • Back and Go Thomas! Misty Island set* (discontinued)
  • Roller Coaster Mountain and Engine Sheds set* (discontinued)
  • Thomas Land Train Set
  • Thomas and Round and Round Bridge Set

2012

  • Thomas Works set* (discontinued)
  • Fire-Engine Flynn and Thomas set* (discontinued)
  • Thomas and Percy Knapford Station rail set

2013

  • Thomas Tunnel set*
  • Thomas Bumpy Mountain Pass set*
  • Thomas Basic set* (second version)

2014

  • Thomas Pounding Mountain set*
  • Let's Create! Thomas Rail Visual Scene set*

2015

  • Get Started with Plarail Thomas! Simple Combination Rail Set

Trivia

  • Takara Tomy released Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, and Percy again in Plarail, but with more detail.
  • Elsbridge station was made twice as "Thomas Crossing Station".
  • Winston and Marion are unmotorised and have a front coupler, hinting they could be used as rolling stock.
  • The Talk 'n' Action Edward, Henry, and Gordon were originally planned to be released to English speaking territories but due to the Talk 'n' Action range being discontinued, they were cancelled.
  • As of 2014, James now has a separately coupled tender, and in 2015 Gordon gained this modification too.
  • Donald and Douglas were the first tender engines not to have their tenders permanently attached.
  • Thomas, Annie and Clarabel's models cameoed at the end of The Harry Hill Movie.

Gallery

Engines

Road Vehicles

Rolling Stock

Multi-packs

Destinations

Track Packs

Sets

Other

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