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Plank trucks are open-topped wooden trucks used to transport goods and other things. Some particular ones may often be Troublesome Trucks if they have faces.

7-Plank Trucks

7-plank trucks are mostly utilized for the transportation of stone and coal. Due to their ubiquitous nature on the railway, they have been employed for carrying a variety of other materials, such as wood, sand, china clay, bricks and even debris after large storms.

7-plank trucks have been seen in many liveries such as dark grey, dark green, or brown with black frames, although in recent years, they have also been seen in red, green, blue, pink and many other liveries. Privately-owned trucks typically have their own specific livery.

Trivia

  • A model of a 7-plank truck made for the seventh season of the television series is now in possession of Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.

Merchandise

6-Plank Trucks

6-plank trucks are a bit smaller than 7-plank trucks. They are often used for mining. The Sodor China Clay Company own some. One appeared in the third season. In Heroes it was seen with a face. A Midland truck appeared in the First season then reappeared in the Sixth season episode Salty's Secret.

Basis

These trucks are based on the 6-plank open wagon.

Livery

The colour of the trucks may vary. Some are painted plain grey, while some orange or red.

Merchandise

5-Plank Trucks

Often when mining for coal or rocks, 5-plank trucks are used. Their size makes them ideal to fit into low tunnels or mines. The Anopha Quarry owns some.

Basis

The trucks seen in The Railway Series are based on the 5-plank open wagon. The trucks seen in the television series are based on GWR Open C and GW/BR Tube wagons.

Livery

These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey. One has the letters 'NE' written in white. Some that are owned have the owner's initials written on in white.

Merchandise


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Long Trucks

There are many Lynton and Barnstaple Railway long trucks used around the North Western Railway. They are used to carry long objects, such as logs and pipes and have removable sides used to discharge contents.

One time, they were used for carrying saplings to the forest for planting.

Basis

The trucks are based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's bogie goods wagons, scaled up accordingly.

Livery

In the Model Series, the trucks were painted red. In the CGI Series, they are painted brown.

Merchandise


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Short Trucks

The North Western Railway owns some Lynton and Barnstaple Railway short trucks. They are normally used at the quarry for carrying stone or China clay. Some have been used to carry scrap to Wellsworth Scrap Yard.

Basis

The trucks are based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's 4-wheel wagons, scaled up accordingly.

Livery

The trucks are painted brown or grey.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Trivia

  • One of the truck's models was used in a few episodes from Thomas & Friends' sister show, Tugs, particuarly being pulled by the locomotive character Puffa.

Merchandise

Short Wheelbase Plank Trucks

In the show these derived from Tenmile's short wheelbase open wagon kit.

Basis

These small wagons were regauged from a freelance narrow gauge design.

Livery

These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey.

Trivia



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