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Tankers, or Wagons, (also known as tank cars in the US) are round wagons designed for carrying liquids on the railway.

Standard Tankers

Standard tankers are painted white, black, grey and brown. They are used for carrying any type of liquid, instead of a specific type.

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Fuel Tankers


Fuel tankers (also known as petrol tankers) are painted yellow with pictures of fire in red diamonds and "SODOR FUEL" in black on both sides. The utmost care must be taken with these in case of fire, as James once found out when his tankers caught fire.

Some in the Railway Series have carried logos from companies such as BP and Shell.

Trivia

  • Fuel has also been transported in black and yellow tankers without any labels.
  • The title "Sodor Fuel" is an in-joke. Apparently it was intended to sound like "Sod off, you all".
  • The only time a fuel tanker was seen with a face was in the Railway Series book, The Eight Famous Engines.

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Tar Tankers


"I heard tell aboot an engine and some tar wagons".
"Shut up! It's not funny!
"
Douglas and James, Break Van

Tar tankers are painted black with "TAR" written on the sides in white. They are used for carrying tar. James once crashed into some after losing control of his trucks.

Trivia

  • The only time tar tankers were seen with faces was in the fourth season episode, Toad Stands By.
  • In the first and second seasons, due to budget limitations the tar tankers were painted half black and half white, the white side being used as the milk tankers.

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Oil Tankers


Oil tankers are painted black with "OIL" in white on the sides. There are also a number of older, dirtier oil tankers that can be seen around Sodor.

Trivia

  • A model of an oil tanker is currently on display at the Hara Model Railway Museum.

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Milk Tankers

This article is about 'the milk tankers'. You may be looking for 'the milk van'.


Milk tankers are painted white with "TIDMOUTH MILK" in blue on the sides. They are used to carry milk from local farms to the dairy at Elsbridge. Toby collects one from the dairy each morning on his way to Anopha with the quarrymen and leaves it at Ffarquhar to be loaded. After being loaded, the van is coupled behind Clarabel and taken to the dairy on Thomas' first train. While Thomas was away having his front mended, a diesel railcar named Daisy was brought to do his work. Daisy, who was then a lazy sort, did mind and refused to pull the tanker. To their annoyance Toby and Percy had to make special trips to deliver the milk. However, now that Daisy has learnt sense, she sometimes takes the milk instead of Thomas.

Trivia

  • Three milk tanker models are currently on display at Drayton Manor.
  • In the first and second seasons, due to budget limitations the milk tankers were painted half white and half black, the black side being used as the tar tankers.
  • In the Railway Series, milk tankers have six wheels, are painted yellow and do not have any writing.
  • Milk tankers are lined with glass on the inside.

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