In the Railway Series, these coaches have been used for the Wild Nor' Wester and Limited express trains. In the television series, they are used as special express coaches and were Spencer's private coaches.
These coaches were once used for the Royal Train which transported Queen Elizabeth II. Henry was supposed to pull it, but after an accident with some paint cans, Gordon was given the honour instead.
In the Railway Series, these coaches are sentient despite never being illustrated with visible faces. Like many coaches on Sodor, they do not appreciate being bumped by an engine and if they are not handled properly, they can get back at their engine.
In the television series, these coaches are non-sentient.
In The Railway Series, they were based on BR MK1 coaches, while in the television series, they appear to be based upon BR MK1 Suburban carriages without corridors. The Red Express Coaches (Railway Series), Thomas' Special Coach, the Limited coaches, the Special Express Coaches and Spencer's Coaches are based on these coaches.
Types of designs in the Railway Series:
Types of designs in the television series:
They have broad windows on one side and narrow windows on the other.
In the Railway Series, these coaches are commonly painted burgundy red with cream coloured window surrounds. They have also been seen painted blue with white coloured window surrounds, fuchsia coaches with white lining and brown. On the Dean Forest Railway, these coaches are painted dark brown with yellow stripes. The Royal Train's coaches were painted blood and custard with whitewall wheels, white buffers and yellow stripes.
In the television series, the coaches were painted maroon with silver buffers, grey roofs and red lining, bufferbeams and couplings.
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