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Vans (Box Cars)

There are many different types of vans (also sometimes referred too 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.


Vans are mostly utilised for the transportation of food, as food cannot be exposed to the outside world. Special vans have been designed by the salt companies to carry salt. Percy once had to deliver 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 and veggies, 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 eight season, Vans have been known to carry other things, like fireworks equipment. Thomas once had to take some vans filled with ice cream. The Flying Kipper is made up of different vans.


Vans are painted in many colours, like green, grey, brown, etc. Since the CGI Series, all the vans were painted cream, until the twentieth season, where the vans were given new liveries.


Vans have had many basis, but the most common one is the BR 12 ton single vent goods vans with corrugated ends. In the CGI Series the all the vans were BR 12 ton vans, they were later given more types of basis in the twentieth season. The salt vans are based on the 10 ton Saxa Salt vans.


  • Elsie is the only known van that is named. Vans which are privately owned tend to take the name of their owner, like U.L.P.
  • Since the eighth season, all the vans were faceless. They regained faces in the twentieth season.



Salt Vans:

Firework Vans:

Ice Cream Vans:

Merchandise Gallery

Salt Vans:

Firework Vans:

Ice Cream Vans:

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS.C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU.L.P.VictoriaThomas' Special CoachTroublesome Trucks"The Flying Kipper"The Spiteful Brake VanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrucksCattle TrucksQuarry TrucksFfarquhar Quarry Co. TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and WellwagonsUtility WagonsThe Breakdown TrainBrake Vans
Old Slow CoachRockyHectorThe Chinese DragonMail CoachesGordon's Snow MachineThe Jet EngineThe Rock CrusherEmily's CoachesJames' TrucksThomas' TrucksToby's Museum CoachGordon's Special CoachesHenry's Lucky TrucksFlora's Tram CoachThe Photographer's DraisineThe CalliopeThe Open-Topped CarriagesStephen's CoachesExpress CoachesThe Royal TrainOld CoachesThe Pump TrolleyMilk WagonsSalt WagonsTar WagonsBranch Line CoachesPlank TrucksFuel TankersOil TankersThe Fireworks VansCream TankersJam WagonsRaspberry TankersThe Toffee TankerFunfair TrucksHopper TrucksThe TravellerSlip CoachesJudy and Jerome
The Elderly Brake VanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe Carriage CaféThe Animal Sanctuary CoachThe Naughty Pink TruckThe Posh CoachesAnnie and Clarabel's Old FriendCarols on WheelsThe Old Guard's VanThe Play CoachCircus CoachesThe Station Coach

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