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This page is for minor vehicle characters who have appeared in the Railway Series and Thomas & Friends. These characters were either unseen and only mentioned, or simply appeared as background characters without any speaking roles and were nameless.

JTK 62


In the sixth illustration of Steamroller, a blue car with the number plate JTK 62 can be seen. This references both the initials of the illustrator, John T. Kenney, and the year in which the book was published, 1962.

Basis

JTK 62 is based on a 1962 Wolseley.

Appearances

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Willie's Tractor

Willie owns a tractor that he operates alongside the Arlesdale Railway.

Bio

Once, Willie and his tractor were late to deliver a load of wool, and he did not secure the bales properly. Unfortunately, due to Willie's carelessness and an overloaded trailer, the load slipped onto the line, causing Rex to crash into it and derail.

Basis

Willie's tractor is based on a Ford 5000 tractor. Several other tractors share the same basis.

In the Railway Series, the tractor had headlights, resembling eyes.

Livery

Willie's tractor is painted blue in the Railway Series, while it is painted green in the television series.

Appearance

Railway Series

Television Series

Specials

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Bulgy's Friend


“Bulgy's friend has come, he's red and rude too! He's taking Bulgy's passengers home, so as to leave him free to steal ours!”
―Oliver to Duck[src]

Bulgy's Friend is a red double-decker bus that is one of Bulgy's close friends, although he was not seen in the railway series or the television series, he did appear in the My Thomas Story LibraryBulgy, however, he appeared to be faceless.

Persona

Bulgy's friend was mentioned by Oliver as being rude, just like Bulgy, as he was trying to take Bulgy's passengers home so that Bulgy can steal Duck and Oliver's passengers.

Basis

Bulgy's friend is based on an AEC Bridgemaster bus, like Bulgy.

Livery

Bulgy's friend is painted similar to Bulgy, red and cream, though he has a light grey middle section.

Appearances

Books

  • 2003 - Bulgy (does not speak; faceless)

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The Orange Caterpillar Crane

This article is about the Railway Series crane. You may be looking for the television series cranes.


The Orange Caterpillar Crane is a construction-based vehicle that is owned by some workmen. He/she was once seen working near the Ffarquhar Branch Line.

Biography

The Railway Series

When the water level in a stream near Hackenbeck rose to a dangerous level, the wooden bridge across the stream started to break apart and eventually collapsed. The line was closed down whilst the bridge was in progress of being mended, some workmen and the orange caterpillar crane owned by them helped to mend the broken bridge.

Technical Details

Livery

The orange caterpillar crane is painted dark orange with black lining.

Appearance

The Railway Series

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George's Friends


“I'd build a road along your old tracks. Nothing to it. My mates have done it all over the place!”
―George to Daisy, Thomas Comes Home

George's Friends are steamrollers and friends of George. Like George, they are anti-rail and are known for ripping up railway lines and turning them into roads.

When George worked near Thomas' Branch Line, he told Daisy that friends of his have paved roads over old railway lines and he was eager to do the same on Sodor.

Appearances

The Railway Series


Nancy and Violet

This article is about 'the boat'. You may be looking for the human character.


Nancy and Violet were two cargo ships featured on the Reverend W. Awdry's layout of Tidmouth-Knapford.

Bio

Nancy and Violet regularly delivered coal and machinery to Tidmouth Harbour for the North Western Railway. They also brought fish, which was loaded onto The Flying Kipper.

Trivia

  • Nancy and Violet were built by Wilbert Awdry's brother, George Awdry.
  • They never appeared in any of the Railway Series stories, but were in Awdry's model railway scrapbook, as part of the Awdry Study at Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Tywyn.

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The One-eyed Truck


“...the one-eyed truck still wanders the forest, blowing his whistle and looking for a headlamp. Maybe he wants yours!”
―Kelly[src]

The One-eyed Truck is a ghost Kelly told a story about.

Bio

According to the tale, it was an old steam truck who had one of his headlamps stolen by a loader. The loader managed to get away, but, according to legend, the one-eyed truck still haunts Maithwaite Forest looking for a new headlamp.

After teasing Alfie and Percy about the story, Max and Monty were sent to dump some dirt at Maithwaite Forest. They heard a shrill whistle and saw a single headlamp, becoming convinced that it was the one-eyed truck. They ran away in fright, but soon they felt silly when they realised it was Thomas.

Appearances

Television series

Trivia

  • The one-eyed truck is based on the fable tale about "the One-eyed Jack".


The Loader

“...the one-eyed truck chased the loader into the deepest and darkest part of the forest...”
―Kelly[src]
The Loader is a construction vehicle Kelly mentioned in the story about the one-eyed truck he told Percy and the Pack.

According to the tale, the loader had stolen a headlamp from the one-eyed truck. The one-eyed truck chased the loader into the deepest and darkest part of Maithwaite Forest. Luckily, the loader managed to get away, but, according to legend, the one-eyed truck still haunts the forest looking for a new headlamp.

Appearances

Television series


The Chinese Caterpillar Crane


The Chinese Caterpillar Crane works alongside a railway in China. He was once taken by Yong Bao to lift a steam engine back onto the rails.

Livery

The crane is painted yellow with a black roof.


The Chinese Helicopter


The Chinese Helicopter is a rescue helicopter that works in China.

Livery

The helicopter is painted red and white.

The Chinese Cargo Ship


The Chinese Cargo Ship is a cargo ship that Thomas once met on his visit to China.

Livery

The cargo ship is painted white, red and grey.

Non-rail vehicles

* RWS only | ** T&F only | *** Other Media only
International Characters

* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Moved location