There are many different types of vans (also sometimes referred to as box vans) on Sodor, which are used to carry various kinds of goods. In the US, they are known as boxcars. Brake vans are other types of vans that are used for carrying the guard.
Single Ventilated Vans
- “"I'd say it's...'Lostville'!”
- ―A van, Journey Beyond Sodor
The Single Ventilated Vans serve as Sodor's main type of van. Percy once had to deliver these vans of sugar, but on his way to the chocolate factory, he slipped on an oily track and crashed into the factory's wall. Arthur once had to take some vans of fruit, but he sped down Gordon's Hill a bit too fast, causing the vans to be destroyed and the fruit and veggies to fly everywhere. Since the eighth season, BR Vent Vans have been known to carry other things, such as fireworks equipment and ice cream.
These Vans are painted in many colours, like white, grey, brown, orange, etc. Since the CGI Series, all the vans were painted cream, until the twentieth season, where the vans were given new liveries.
These vans are based of LMS 12 Ton Covered Steel Vans and LNER 12 Ton Covered Vans.
- Since the eighth season, all the vans were faceless. They regained faces in the twentieth season, however the faces were raised and the front vent was removed, although in the fifth season episode, Haunted Henry, a van had a rectangular face because the vents were removed.
- ERTL (as Silly Trucks; discontinued)
- Wooden Railway
- Thomas Engine Collection Series (The Circus Train, discontinued))
- Bachmann (normal and large scale)
Utility Vans are types of vans used to transport goods across the island. They have been seen in many liveries such as olive green, white, brown, grey and red being the most common. Some have four axles while others have eight. "The Flying Kipper" is primarily made up of utility vans. Though they are usually faceless, a utility van with a face was once briefly seen in the third season episode Oliver Owns Up, although the face was crooked. The Mail Train also consists of similar looking vans, that specialise in carrying mail.
The utility vans are based on the General Utility Vans, previously known as "CCT" (covered carriage trucks). These types of vans were designed for carrying parcel goods. The mail vans also share the same basis.
- In the first season episode, Thomas and Gordon, a utility van was used for carrying passenger's luggage, which was apart of Henry's express.
- In the CGI Series, the amount of vents on the front and back of utility vans were reduced.
- TrackMaster (used as ice cream vans)
- Hornby (discontinued)
- Bachmann (green, live lobster refrigerator versions)
- Capsule Plarail (ice cream vans)
LBSC Railway 8-ton Vans
These vans were mostly painted brown.
These Vans are based of the LBSC Railway 8-ton Vans.
- Twitter user 'ThomasTankMerch' owns an original face mask that was used on one of these vans.
- Tomix Trains (discontinued)
- Capsule Plarail
- Departing Now (discontinued)
- Choro-Q (discontinued)
Salt Vans (also known as fish vans or ice vans), are used to carry fish, and are often used in fish trains. They are also a frequent sight on the Norramby Branch Line.
Salt vans have been painted white, brown, grey and green.
They are based on Saxa Salt Vans.
- In the CGI Series, the Salt vans models are modified versions of the single vent vans.
- A model of a white Salt Van used in the model era of the television series is now in possession of Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Vans
|This article is about 'standard gauge trucks'. You may be looking for 'the narrow gauge trucks'.|
The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Vans were used in the Classic Series.
One of these pushed Duck into a Barber Shop. These vans were later used as part of The Flying Kipper, as extra vans were required after a boat returned with a greater load of fish than usual. Duck accidentally rammed into the rear van when a faulty tail-lamp fell off on Gordon's Hill.
These vans are based of Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Box Vans. In real life, the vans are narrow gauge, but have been resized to standard gauge in the Television Series.
LNWR Non-Ventilated Vans
These vans were mostly coloured grey and had "N.E." (North Eastern Railway) painted light yellow on either sides.
These vans are based of LNWR (London and North Western Railway) Non-Ventilated Vans.
GWR Ventilated Vans
The GWR Ventilated Vans made appearances throughout the Classic Series.
These vans were painted brown.
These vans are based of GWR Ventilated Vans.
- Some vans have faces covering the front vents, while others have faces below the vents.
These vans are based on the ÖBB type GGm-s four-axle boxcar used on narrow gauge lines. They were sourced from Märklin, a German model train manufacturer.
These vans are painted dark brown.
- These vans were featured heavily in the Thomas and Friends sister known as, Tugs, as rolling stock used for the Dock Railway.
These vans were painted all sorts of colours, such as brown, grey or pink.
These vans were based of LMS Banana Vans.
|This article is about 'the milk van'. You may be looking for 'the milk tankers, the milk float or the magazine story'.|
- “Do they expect me to pull that?!”
- ―Daisy refusing to pull the milk van, Branch Line Engines
Every morning the van is coupled to Thomas' first train, the farmers send the milk to the stations, and Thomas delivers the milk to the Dairy. When Daisy was preparing for her first train, she refused to pull the van once it was coupled to her, saying "it is bad for her swerves.", and blew a fuse on purpose. Percy and Toby had to take the van in Thomas' absence and Daisy's refusal. However, now that Daisy has learnt sense, she sometimes takes the milk instead of Thomas.
The milk van is based on the Great Western Railway's four-wheel slatted side milk van.
The milk van is painted chocolate brown with a light grey roof, and with "NW" in yellow paint on both sides. The letters "NW" was later repainted on both sides in white paint. In the My Thomas Story Library books, the milk van was painted dark blue with white lettering reading "MILK" on both sides.
- In the Railway Series, the milk van is a four-wheeled wagon, while the original model belonging to Reverend W. Awdry was a six-wheeled wagon and based on a cattle wagon.
- In the television series, the milk van was replaced with a milk tanker, though it was still referred as a van.