There are many branch line coaches that belong to the North Western Railway and other railways. They are used for passenger trains.
- “You're lazy and slack! You're lazy and slack!”
- ―Orange Coaches, Tenders and Turntables, first season
In the television series, the orange coaches are used on local passenger trains.
They are usually pulled by Edward, Henry and James. They only appeared in the first and second seasons. As of the third season, Annie and Clarabel seem to be the only type of these coaches left. James once bumped the coaches so hard, that Jeremiah Jobling's bootlace had to be obtained to mend the broken brake pipe.
The orange coaches are based on LB&SCR Stroudley four-wheel coaches, like Annie and Clarabel. Several of these coaches are preserved on the Bluebell Railway.
The coaches are painted dull orange with white rooftops.
- Kōzō Shioya (Japan; James and the Coaches)
- Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; James and the Coaches)
- Toshio Kobayashi (Japan; Tenders and Turntables)
- The model of the coaches were made using Tenmille Gauge One LB&SCR Stroudley coach kits.
- Annie and Clarabel, The Play Coach, Victoria, Annie and Clarabel's Old Friend and the orange coaches are the only known branch line coaches to have faces.
- The orange branch line guard compartments did not have the duckets that feature on the red or LB&SC Railway examples. Instead a piece of card or plastic covers over this area.
- Wooden Railway (//Day Out with Thomas Exclusive 2009, 2013 and 2016//)
- Waku Waku
- Bandai (Day Out with Thomas)
- Hobidas (Day Out with Thomas)
In the television series, the red coaches are used on branch line passenger trains.
They are usually pulled by Duck and Oliver on their branch line, by Edward on his branch line, by Percy on Ffarquhar Branch Line and occasionally by Ryan on the Harwick Branch Line, but are also used by Henry and James on the Main Line. They were also pulled by Stepney on his branch line. Thomas also pulls these when Annie and Clarabel are being repaired. Toby once pulled them in Thomas and the Magic Railroad and Journey Beyond Sodor.
The red coaches are based on LB&SCR Stroudley four-wheel coaches, like Annie and Clarabel. Several of these coaches are preserved on the Bluebell Railway.
The coaches are painted dark red with white or grey rooftops.
- The models of the coaches were made using Tenmille Gauge One LB&SCR Stroudley coach kits.
- In The Adventure Begins, red branch coaches replaced the use of the express coaches in the original first season episodes Thomas' Train and The Sad Story of Henry.
- The duckets on the red branch line coaches are beaded. This makes them similar to the Stroudley coaches that received modification work from 1911 onwards, as they were originally flush and fashioned from three sections of iron sheet.
- The red branch coaches also differ from the Stroudley coaches with their oil lamp pots, as they have a round base instead of the square base ones that were used on the LB&SC Railway.
Toby's Museum Coach
Toby's Museum Coach is a branch line brake coach.
Toby's museum coach is based on an LB&SCR Stroudley 4-wheel brake coach. Clarabel is also based on this class.
Toby's museum coach is painted dark brown with cream lining and a white roof.
- Season 9 - What Goes Where
- Toby's museum coach was remodelled from a red brake coach.
Thomas' Green Coaches
Whenever Thomas travels around the world, he often takes a pair of green coaches with him, which he uses for collecting passengers instead of Annie and Clarabel. Thomas had them decorated with ribbons for a wedding in Greece.
The coaches are based on LB&SCR Stroudley four-wheel coaches. Annie and Clarabel are also members of this class.
- Thomas Visits Pompeii, Thomas Crosses Australia, Thomas and the Cheeky Chimpanzees in Kenya, Thomas' Kangaroo Adventure in Australia, Thomas Travels to Japan, Thomas Makes Scary Faces in New Zealand, Thomas is the Star of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival (one only), Thomas Attends a Greek Wedding, Thomas Sees the Northern Lights in Alaska (one only), Thomas Meets an Artist in Paris, Thomas Celebrates the Chinese New Year, and Thomas Picks Up a Special Passenger in London
- Another green coach strongly resembling them appeared in the annual story, Pantomime Pranks. However, it had a white roof.
- TrackMaster (see inside, discontinued)
Several other coaches have also appeared.
In the magazine story, Rain or Shine, two yellow coaches with grey rooftops appeared and were pulled by Thomas and Percy. A pair of other yellow coaches with white rooftops later appeared in a different country in the movie, Big World! Big Adventures!. However, their sides were painted green with yellow patches. Their buffers and buffer beams were also painted yellow.
- Coaches painted blue, green, black and white were featured in the game "Lift, Load and Haul" on the Official Website.