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Plank trucks are open-topped wooden trucks used to transport goods and other things. Some particular ones may often be Troublesome Trucks if they have faces.

7-Plank Trucks

7-plank trucks are mostly utilized for the transportation of stone and coal. Due to their ubiquitous nature on the railway, they have been employed for carrying a variety of other materials, such as wood, sand, china clay, bricks and even debris after large storms. From the eighth season until the sixteenth season, they have been known to transport specific goods which would be better suited for closed trucks; some of these goods include fruits and vegetables, books, cocoa powder, sugar, presents and raw fish. Since the seventeenth season, goods such as fish have been carried in closed crates.

Livery

7-plank trucks have been seen in many liveries such as dark grey, dark green, or brown with black frames, although in recent years, they have also been seen in red, green, blue, pink and many other liveries. Privately-owned trucks typically have their own specific livery.

Trivia

  • A model of a 7-plank truck made for the seventh season of the television series is now in possession of Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.
  • In the CGI series, They became slightly bigger

Merchandise

6-Plank Trucks

6-plank trucks are a bit smaller than 7-plank trucks. They are often used for mining. The Sodor China Clay Company own some. One appeared in the third season. In Heroes it was seen with a face. A Midland truck appeared in the First season then reappeared in the Sixth season episode Salty's Secret.

Basis

These trucks are based on the 6-plank open wagon.

Livery

The colour of the trucks may vary. Some are painted plain grey, while some orange or red. One has the letters 'NE' written in white and another has "LMS" written in white.

Merchandise

5-Plank Trucks

Often when mining for coal or rocks, 5-plank trucks are used. Their size makes them ideal to fit into low tunnels or mines. The Anopha Quarry owns some.

Basis

The trucks seen in The Railway Series are based on the 5-plank open wagon. The trucks seen in the television series are based on GWR Open C and GW/BR Tube wagons.

Livery

These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey in the Railway Series. Some that are owned have the owner's initials written on in white.

In the television series, these trucks are painted red with black frames.

Merchandise

4-Plank Trucks

These 4-plank trucks only appeared in the second season episode, Percy's Predicament. After being pushed by the Troublesome Trucks, Percy crashes into a brake van, destroying it and perching himself on top of the remains of a 4-plank truck.

Basis

The trucks are scratch-built and utilize a regular Tenmille chassis and frame.

Livery

These trucks are painted dark grey with black frames.


1-Plank Trucks

1-plank trucks are a type of truck that appeared from Season 11 to the CGI Series.

Livery

The 1-plank trucks were brown during the Model Series, whereas in the CGI series they are painted teal, red, and black.

Merchandise

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Long Trucks

There are many Lynton and Barnstaple Railway long trucks used around the North Western Railway. They are used to carry long objects, such as logs and pipes and have removable sides used to discharge contents.

One time, they were used for carrying saplings to the forest for planting. Once, they were used for carrying scrap.

Basis

The trucks are based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's bogie goods wagons, scaled up accordingly.

Livery

In the Model Series, the trucks were painted red. In the CGI Series, they are painted brown.

Merchandise


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Short Trucks

The North Western Railway owns some Lynton and Barnstaple Railway short trucks. They are normally used at the quarry for carrying stone or China clay. Some have been used to carry scrap to Wellsworth Scrap Yard.

Basis

The trucks are based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's 4-wheel wagons, scaled up accordingly.

Livery

The trucks are painted brown or grey.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Trivia

  • One of the truck's models was used in a few episodes from Thomas & Friends' sister show, Tugs, particuarly being pulled by the locomotive character Puffa.
  • Twitter user ThomasTankMerch owns a tenmille version of this truck.

Merchandise

Short Wheelbase Plank Trucks

In the show these derived from Tenmile's short wheelbase open wagon kit.

Basis

These small wagons were regauged from a freelance narrow gauge design.

Livery

These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey.

Trivia

Henry's Lucky Trucks

One icy winter, Henry was the only engine to make his deliveries on time. Thomas attributes this to the big green engine having lucky trucks. However, one day Edward took them and when Henry finally caught up with him, he ran into the trucks, destroying them. Henry realised that his trucks were not lucky after all.

They only appeared in the eleventh season episode, Henry's Lucky Day.

Livery

These trucks were painted black.


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* RWS only | ** T&F only