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This article is about the original name for the international range. You may be looking for the Japanese range.

Motor Road and Rail (previously known as Tomica World and currently Plarail Thomas) (Japanese: プラレールトーマス) in Japan) is a battery-operated toy train system manufactured by TOMY. The engines run on plastic blue track and the roadway vehicles run on a grey road. Motor Road and Rail is not fully compatible with other Thomas 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.

Engines

Plarail (Asia only)

1992

1993

1994

  • James with a cattle truck and brake van (discontinued)
  • Percy with a Sodor fuel tanker and mail van (discontinued)

1995

  • Gordon with a green express coach (discontinued)

1996

  • Edward with a Troublesome Van and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • Toby with Henrietta and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)

1997

  • Duck with weathered S.C. Ruffey and Toad (discontinued)
  • Diesel with a Tidmouth milk tanker and Sodor fuel tanker (discontinued)
  • BoCo with a Troublesome Truck and tar tanker (discontinued)

1998

Tomica World

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (discontinued)
  • Henry with a van, log wagon and three logs (discontinued)
  • Gordon with a green express coach (discontinued)
  • James with a cattle truck and brake van (discontinued)
  • Percy with a Sodor fuel tanker and mail van (discontinued)
  • Toby with Henrietta and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • Duck with weathered S.C. Ruffey and Toad (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Donald with two Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • Oliver with two burgundy coaches (discontinued)

1999

Tomica World

  • Diesel with a Tidmouth milk tanker and Sodor fuel tanker (discontinued)
  • Oliver with two burgundy coaches (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Ben with two Troublesome Trucks and four rock loads (discontinued)
  • Mavis with the breakdown train (discontinued)
  • Stepney with a Troublesome Truck and brake van (discontinued)

2000

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Lady with two magenta Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • Diesel 10 with two mustard Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)

2001

Tomica World all existing engines from 1998 - 1999 were given updated boxes.

  • Edward with a Troublesome Van and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • Ben with two Troublesome Trucks and four rock loads (discontinued)
  • Lady with two magenta Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • Diesel 10 with two mustard Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

2002

Tomica World

  • Donald with two Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • BoCo with a Troublesome Truck and tar tanker (discontinued)
  • Mavis with the breakdown train (discontinued)
  • Stepney with a Troublesome Truck and brake van (discontinued)
  • Splatter and Dodge with works unit coach (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

2003

Motor Road and Rail

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (discontinued)
  • Edward with a Troublesome Van and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • Henry with a van, log wagon and three logs (discontinued)
  • Gordon with a green express coach (discontinued)
  • James with a cattle truck and brake van (discontinued)
  • Percy with a Sodor fuel tanker and mail van (discontinued)
  • Toby with Henrietta and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • Duck with weathered S.C. Ruffey and Toad (discontinued)
  • Donald with two Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • Diesel with a Tidmouth milk tanker and Sodor fuel tanker (discontinued)
  • Ben with two Troublesome Trucks and four rock loads (discontinued)
  • BoCo with a Troublesome Truck and tar tanker (discontinued)
  • Mavis with the breakdown train (discontinued)
  • Oliver with two burgundy coaches (discontinued)
  • Stepney with a Troublesome Truck and brake van (discontinued)
  • Lady with two magenta Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • Diesel 10 with two mustard Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • Splatter and Dodge with works unit coach (discontinued)
  • Salty with two black Troublesome Trucks and four tarpaulin loads (discontinued)
  • Harvey with a motorised works unit coach and flatbed (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only; all existing engines from 1993 - 2002 were given updated boxes, under the "T" range)

  • T-1: Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (re-designed, discontinued)
  • T-2: Edward with a Troublesome Van and Troublesome Truck (re-designed, discontinued)
  • T-3: Henry with a Troublesome Truck and Troublesome Van (re-designed, discontinued)
  • T-4: Gordon with a green express coach (re-designed, discontinued)
  • T-5: James with a tar tanker and Troublesome Truck (re-designed, discontinued)
  • T-6: Percy with a Sodor fuel tanker and Troublesome Truck (re-designed, discontinued)
  • T-7: Toby with Henrietta and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • T-8: Duck with weathered S.C. Ruffey and Toad (discontinued)
  • T-9: Donald with two Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • T-10: Oliver with two burgundy coaches (discontinued)
  • T-11: Diesel with a Tidmouth milk tanker and Sodor fuel tanker (discontinued)
  • T-12: BoCo with a Troublesome Truck and tar tanker (discontinued)
  • T-13: Ben with two Troublesome Trucks and four rock loads (discontinued)
  • T-14: Stepney with a Troublesome Truck and a brake van (discontinued)
  • T-15: Mavis with the breakdown train (discontinued)
  • T-16: Harvey with a motorised works unit coach and flatbed (discontinued)
  • T-17: Salty with two black Troublesome Trucks and four tarpaulin loads (discontinued)
  • T-18: Diesel 10 with two mustard Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • T-19: Lady with two magenta Troublesome Trucks (discontinued)
  • T-20: Splatter and Dodge with works unit coach (discontinued)

2004

Motor Road and Rail

  • Emily with one of her coaches (discontinued)
  • Murdoch with a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • Spencer with one of the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's coaches (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

  • T-21: Spencer with one of the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's coaches (discontinued)
  • T-22: Murdoch with a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)

2005

Motor Road and Rail

  • Arthur with a Troublesome Truck, Troublesome Van and two fish loads (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

  • T-23: Arthur with a Troublesome Truck, Troublesome Van and two fish loads (discontinued)

2006

Motor Road and Rail all existing engines from 2003 - 2005 were given updated boxes.

  • Douglas with a red Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • Bill with two Troublesome Trucks and four coal loads (discontinued)
  • Skarloey with two blue narrow gauge coaches (discontinued)
  • Rusty with two red narrow gauge coaches (discontinued)
  • Molly with a green truck (discontinued)
  • Neville with a red van (discontinued)
  • Dennis with two trucks and four roof tile loads (discontinued)
  • Mighty Mac with a motorised green narrow gauge coach (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

  • T-24: Thomas with the Jet Engine and a Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • T-25: Skarloey with two blue narrow gauge coaches (discontinued)
  • T-26: Rusty with two red narrow gauge coaches (discontinued)
  • T-27: Dennis with two trucks and four roof tile loads (discontinued)
  • T-28: Neville with a red van (discontinued)
  • T-29: Molly with a green truck (discontinued)
  • T-30: Mighty Mac with a motorised green narrow gauge coach (discontinued)

2007

Motor Road and Rail

  • Sir Handel with two burgundy narrow gauge coaches (discontinued)
  • Duncan with two narrow gauge slate trucks and four slate loads (discontinued)
  • Rosie with two trucks and two balloon loads (discontinued)
  • Rocky with a red flatbed and a crate (discontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

  • T-31: Rosie with two trucks and two balloon loads (discontinued)
  • T-32: Duncan with two narrow gauge slate trucks and four slate loads (discontinued)
  • T-33: Sir Handel with two burgundy narrow gauge coaches (discontinued)
  • T-34: Busy Bee James with flatbed (discontinued)

From 2008 onwards, all Motor Road and Rail engines are sold in Asia only, as Plarail only.

2008

From 2009 to 2011, all the new engines replaced the existing engines in the "T" range.

2009

  • T-34: Stanley with a blue Troublesome Truck, log wagon and three logs (discontinued)

2011

  • T-14: Hiro with a slate truck and two loads of blue paint (discontinued)
  • T-26: Dash with two trucks and four loads of logs (discontinued)
  • T-28: Surprised Percy and Rocky (discontinued)

2012

From 2012 onwards, all the engines are under the "TS" range. Only 16 out of the 36 engines from the "T" range were re-released as part of the new range.

  • TS-01: Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (discontinued)
  • TS-02: Edward with a Troublesome Van and Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • TS-03: Henry with a Troublesome Truck and Troublesome Van (discontinued)
  • TS-04: Gordon with a green express coach (discontinued)
  • TS-05: James with a tar tanker and Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • TS-06: Percy with a Sodor fuel tanker and Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • TS-07: Hiro with a slate truck and two loads of blue paint
  • TS-08: Belle with a water tanker and a Vicarstown Dieselworks tanker
  • TS-09: Diesel 10 with two mustard Troublesome Trucks
  • TS-10: Spencer with one of the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's coaches
  • TS-11: Toby with Henrietta and a Troublesome Truck
  • TS-12: Rosie with two trucks and two balloon loads (discontinued)
  • TS-13: Emily with a brake van (re-designed, discontinued)
  • TS-14: Stanley with a blue Troublesome Truck, log wagon and three logs (discontinued)
  • TS-15: Mavis with the breakdown train (discontinued)
  • TS-16: Dash with two trucks and four loads of logs (discontinued)
  • TS-17: Surprised Percy and Rocky
  • TS-18: Victor with a truck and flatbed (discontinued)

2013

  • TS-19: Flynn with a water tank trailer
  • TS-20: Luke with a red truck, yellow log wagon and two blue paint loads (discontinued)

2014

From 2014 onwards, new engines or re-designed engines have replaced some of the existing engines in the "TS" range.

  • TS-05: James with a green brake van (re-designed)
  • TS-14: Harvey with a motorised yellow works unit coach and purple flatbed (re-introduced, discontinued)
  • TS-15: Stephen with a red log wagon with a crown load
  • TS-16: Connor with an aqua express coach

2015

  • TS-04: Gordon with a green express coach (re-designed)
  • TS-18: Gator with an unmotorised Marion and light blue log wagon with permanent rock load (discontinued)

2016

  • TS-14: Ryan with an unmotorised Skiff and yellow truck

2017

Both of these engines were not numbered under the "TS" range until the following year.

2018

Starting from this year, the new or re-designed engines have been given the new updated box design. Only one existing engine, Emily, has been given an updated box so far.

2019

Non-Rail Vehicles

1996

Plarail (Asia only)

1998

Tomica World

  • Bertie (discontinued)
  • Bulgy (passenger' busdiscontinued)

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Bulgy (passenger' busdiscontinued)

2001

Plarail (Asia only)

Tomica World - both Bertie and Bulgy were given updated boxes.

  • Lorry 1 (only available in the "A Day Out with James" setdiscontinued)

2003

Motor Road & Rail

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Elizabeth (only available in the "Thomas and Elizabeth" setdiscontinued)

2004

Plarail (Asia only; all of the road vehicles were re-released under the "TC" range)

  • TC-01: Bertie (discontinued)
  • TC-02: Lorry 1 (discontinued)
  • TC-03: Bulgy (vegetable busdiscontinued)
  • TC-04: Elizabeth (discontinued)

2005

Plarail (Asia only)

2006

Motor Road & Rail - all four previous models were given updated boxes.

2017

  • Bertie (only available in the "Thomas and Bertie Over the Rainbow" set)
  • Bertie (unmotorised, only available in the "Full Sounds! Railroad Crossing" set)

2018

  • Bertie (translucent, unmotorised; Limited Edition from the 2018 Plarail Expo)

2019

Packs

Motor Road and Rail / Plarail (Asia only)

2003

  • Diesel, Freight, Wagons and Cargo (discontinued)
  • Surprised Thomas with the Jet Engine (second Motor Road and Rail has DVD)

2005

  • Metallic Thomas, Annie and Clarabel Asia only, (discontinued)
  • Steam Along Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (discontinued)

2006

  • Thomas with the Chinese Dragon and a Troublesome Truck (second Motor Road and Rail has DVD)
  • Sodor Crane Set (discontinued)
  • Red express coach (Asia only, discontinued)
  • Raspberry syrup tanker (Asia only, discontinued)
  • Blue Troublesome Truck with two grey rock loads (Asia only, discontinued)
  • Brown Troublesome Truck with two orange barrel loads (Asia only, discontinued)
  • Green Troublesome Truck with two fruit loads (Asia only, discontinued)
  • Annie and Clarabel Set (discontinued)
  • Sodor Passenger Car Set (discontinued)

2007

From 2009 onwards, all Motor Road and Rail packs are sold in Asia only, as Plarail only.

2009

  • Percy and Happy Action Wagons
  • Thomas' Conductor's Carriage Ride
  • Percy and Circus Wagons

2010

2011

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

2012

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

2013

  • Patchwork Hiro
  • Mystery of the Blue Mountain Pack

2014

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

2015

  • James Freight Car Set
  • Percy and Zoo Wagons

2016

  • Doki Doki Treasure Hunt Set
  • Looking for Pounding Treasure Set
  • Green Thomas and Black James First Story Set

2017

  • Ōigawa Railway James
  • 25th Anniversary Blue Shiny Thomas Party Set
  • Keihan 10000 Thomas 2017

2018

  • Friends Set

Ringing Tekoro Engines

All of the engines in this range are unmotorised.

2015

2016

2017

2018

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 car is connected to them and cannot be uncoupled. Three of them were released outside of Japan.

2000

  • Talk 'n' Action Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Henry with fish van and log car (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Gordon with green express coach (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action James with cattle truck and brake van (discontinued)
  • Talk 'n' Action Percy with fuel tanker and mail van (discontinued)

2001

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 2010, 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 a mail coach and brown wagon
  • James with a blue express coach
  • Hiro with a red open car
  • Gordon with an express coach

Pullback Engines

These engines were chunky plastic toys created and distributed by TOMY in 2004. There was a set that was released that contained all three engines.

Destinations

1994

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Panorama Bag (discontinued)

1998

Tomica World

  • 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

Plarail (Asia only)

Tomica World

  • Thomas Going Out

2000

Plarail (Asia only)

2003

Motor Road & Rail

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

2004

Plarail (Asia only)

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

2005

Motor Road & Rail

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

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Mail Office* (discontinued)

2006

Motor Road & Rail

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

2007

Motor Road & Rail

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

Plarail (Asia only)

  • Thomas Rail Map (discontinued)

Starting from 2008, all of the destinations are released in Asia, only under Plarail range.

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
  • Pororon Station

2017

Expansion Packs

2002

  • Diesel expansion pack - Diesel with a 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, brake van 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 asterisk (*) 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)
  • Maithwaite 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)
  • Keihan 700 Thomas 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

2016

  • Move in Voice! My Friends Thomas Set
  • Plarail Thomas And Bertie Competition! Rainbow Bridge Set

2017

  • Choo-choo! Steam Thomas Set

2018

  • Go Round and Round! Thomas and Merlin's Coal Hopper Set
  • Thomas is climbing! Mechanical Action Rail Set
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Island of Sodor Challenge!
  • Thomas Basic set*

Trivia

  • Takara Tomy released Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James and Percy again in Plarail, but with more detail such as a white running plate and black lamp irons.
  • 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 Toby, 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 also had the same modification. As of 2018 onwards, Edward and Henry have also received that treatment
  • Donald and Douglas were the first tender engines not to have their tenders permanently attached.
  • Ashima is first to be released as an unmotorized ringing engine to get a motorized variant.
  • Thomas, Annie, Clarabel and Bulstrode's models cameoed at the end of The Harry Hill Movie.

Video

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