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There are many different types of tankers (also referred to as wagons or simply trucks) on the Island of Sodor and other railways used to carry various kinds of liquids. They usually have had very little influence in stories.

Standard Tankers

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Tankers

Tankers are used to carry all sorts of liquids, such as milk or fuel and are painted in various colours. In the Railway Series, there has been tankers painted green, red, black and orange.

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Fuel Tankers

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Fuel Tankers

The Fuel Tankers (some also known as Petrol Tankers) are painted yellow with pictures of fire in red diamonds and "SODOR FUEL" in black on both sides. They are used to transport fuel. In the thirteenth season, the words "Sodor Fuel" were replaced with an image of a red gas can on both sides. The utmost care must be taken with these in case of fire, as James once found out when his tankers caught fire.

Some in the Railway Series have carried logos from companies such as BP and Shell.

Trivia

  • Fuel has also been transported in black and yellow tankers without any labels.
  • The title "Sodor Fuel" is an in-joke. Apparently it was supposed to sound like "Sod off, you all".
  • One fuel tanker model used to be on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.

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Tar Tankers

"I heard tell aboot an engine and some tar wagons".
"Shut up! It's not funny!
"
Douglas and James, Break Van

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Tar Tankers

Tar Tankers are painted black with "TAR" written on the sides in white. They are used for transportation of tar across the North Western Railway. James once crashed into some after losing control of his trucks.

Trivia

  • Eight tar tanker models are on display at Drayton Manor.
  • In the fourth season episode, Toad Stands By, several tar tankers can be seen with narrow gauge truck faces.
  • In the first and second seasons, due to budget limitations the tar tankers were painted half black and half white, the white side being used as the milk tankers.

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Oil Tankers

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Oil Tankers

The oil tankers are painted black with "OIL" in white on the sides. There are also a number of older, dirtier oil tankers that can be seen around Sodor.

In the CGI Series, the tankers have also been used for carrying diesel fuel instead of oil. Also, the words "OIL" have been replaced with an image of an oil rig with oil coming out of it on a golden circle.

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Milk Tankers

This article is about the milk tankers. You may be looking for the milk van, the milk float or the magazine story.

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Milk Tankers

The Milk Tankers are painted white with "TIDMOUTH MILK" in blue on the sides. They are used to carry milk from local farms to the dairy at Elsbridge. Toby collects one from the dairy each morning on his way to Anopha with the quarrymen and leaves it at Ffarquhar to be loaded. After being loaded, the van is coupled behind Clarabel and taken to the dairy on Thomas' first train. While Thomas was away having his front mended, a diesel railcar named Daisy was brought to do his work. Daisy, who was then a lazy sort, did mind and refused to pull the tanker. To their annoyance Toby and Percy had to make special trips to deliver the milk. However, now that Daisy has learnt sense, she sometimes takes the milk instead of Thomas.

From Misty Island Rescue onwards, the words "TIDMOUTH MILK" have been replaced by a logo of a cow in a blue circle.

Trivia

  • Three milk tankers are currently on display at Drayton Manor.
  • In the first and second seasons, due to budget limitations the milk tankers were painted half white and half black, the black side being used as the tar tankers.
  • In the Railway Series, the milk tankers have six wheels, are painted yellow and do not have any writing.
  • They are lined on the inside with glass.

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Raspberry Syrup Tankers

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Raspberry Syrup Tankers

The Raspberry Syrup Tankers are painted dark red with raspberries pictured on the sides. A model is currently on display at Drayton Manor. One only appeared in the eighth season episode, Too Hot for Thomas and the magazine story, Cheers for Thomas.

Trivia

  • Despite only appearing in the eighth season, Bachmann depicts their large scale and HO scale models of the tanker with a CGI-styled logo.

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Cream Tankers

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Cream Tankers

The Cream Tankers are painted cream with milk churns pictured on the sides. They first appeared in the eighth season episode, Too Hot for Thomas.

A model of the cream tanker is currently on display at Drayton Manor.

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Water Tankers

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Water Tankers

The Water Tankers carry water and are painted sky blue. They first appeared in the nineteenth season episode, Toad and the Whale.

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Jam Tankers

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Jam Tankers

Jam Tankers, known as Jelly Wagons in the US, are tankers which carry jam. They are painted silver and grey. In the ninth season episode, Respect for Gordon, Gordon collided into them and jam went flying everywhere.


Toffee Tankers

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Toffee Tankers

Toffee Tankers (known as Taffy Wagons in North America) are painted orange. One appeared in the tenth season episode "Sticky Toffee Thomas".

Thomas offered to deliver the toffee tanker to the best costume party for Toby, after he crashed into him, damaging Toby's axle.


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