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 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, they carried these goods such as fish in closed crates.
These trucks are based on 7 plank open trucks.
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.
- Meccano (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway
- Take-n-Play (discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued outside Asia)
- Interactive Learning Railway
- My First Thomas (Red, Yellow and Blue variants)
- Lionel Trains
- Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
6-Plank Trucks are a bit smaller than 7-Plank Trucks. They are often used for mining. Both the Anopha Quarry and the Sodor China Clay Company own some. One appeared in the third season episode, Gordon and the Famous Visitor.
These trucks are based on 6-plank open wagons.
The colour of the trucks may vary. Some are painted plain grey, while some orange or red.
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. Throughout the series there have been two types of these trucks; some long and some short.
These trucks are based on 5-plank open wagons. Some have been sized down to being shorter.
These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey. One has the letters 'NE' written in white. Some that are owned have the owner's initials written on in white.
- TrackMaster (Type 1 only)
- In the second season episode, Percy's Predicament, one 5-plank truck had the Spiteful Brake Van's angry face mask on.
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. Unfortunately, one day Edward took them and when Henry finally caught up with him, Henry runs into the trucks, destroying them. Henry realises that his trucks weren't lucky after all.
Henry's lucky trucks are based on 7 plank end door wagons.