In the television series, the old coaches were used on local passenger trains due to their age. They only appeared in the first season, and were first seen in Edward and Gordon. The coaches were often seen being pulled by Edward. It is unknown what happened to these coaches after the first season, as they were replaced with the red express coaches, but it is likely that they could have been scrapped.
The old coaches are based on Great Eastern Railway Holden four wheel coaches.
The old coaches are painted emerald green with cream window surrounds. In the first season episode "Edward and Gordon", three coaches in the goods shed behind Edward appear to be unmodified versions of the old coaches painted in the LNER Teak livery.
In a postcard, two coaches are painted brown with tan window surrounds.
- The old coaches bear a slight resemblance to Emily's Coaches.
- The old coaches appear to have only have been painted on one side for financial reasons. In Coal, as Henry rounds a bend, their teak livery can briefly be seen. This would also account for the teak coach appearing in a deleted scene from Edward and Gordon, as well as the brake coach being backwards in numerous shots.
- In the magazine story, Clarabel's New Friend, a sentient coach painted green with cream windows resembling the Old Coaches appears nicknamed The New Coach.
- Their Ertl models are both brake coaches and are recycled from Annie and Clarabel.
- The first season episode Edward and Gordon depicts these coaches as being sentient, despite not having visible faces.