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.
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.
JTK 62 is based on a 1962 Wolseley.
- “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
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 Library, Bulgy, however, he appeared to be faceless.
Bulgy's friend is based on an AEC Bridgemaster bus, like Bulgy.
Bulgy's friend is painted similar to Bulgy, red and cream, though he has a light grey middle section.
- 1996 - Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection (mentioned)
- 2003 - Bulgy (does not speak; faceless)
The Orange Caterpillar Crane
|This article is about the Railway Series crane. You may be looking for the television series cranes.|
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.
The orange caterpillar crane is painted dark orange with black lining.
- “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.
The Chinese Caterpillar Crane
The crane is painted yellow with a black roof.
The Chinese Helicopter
The Chinese Helicopter is a rescue helicopter that works in China.
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.
The cargo ship is painted white, red and grey.