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There are at least two known types of Cattle Trucks seen in the Railway Series and the television series.

They are also known as Cattle Cars in the US narration. They mainly transport bulls and cows.

LMS Cattle Trucks

These Cattle Trucks are rolling stock used for transporting domesticated cattle throughout various railways.

There are many cattle trucks on the North Western Railway, which are used for transporting cows and bulls, usually from the farms to the markets. These trucks have slatted sides.

Biography

The Railway Series

Edward once had to take twenty empty cattle trucks to a market town. On the line there was a field where some cows were grazing. The noise and smoke produced by the train disturbed the cows as they were not used to it. As Edward passed by, a number of cows broke the fence, ran across the line and broke a coupling, which caused the last seven trucks and brake van to be left behind. Edward, who believed the jerk was caused by the trucks getting up to mischief, continued on his journey, unaware of the mishap[1].

Sir Handel once insulted Agnes, Ruth, Lucy, Jemima and Beatrice by calling them "Cattle Trucks"[2].

When Diesel pull a line of old vans, some of these trucks were seen singing a rude parody of "Pop Goes the Weasel" called Pop Goes the Diesel, much to Diesel's fury and annoyance[3]. Sometime afterwards, these trucks broke away from their engine and whilst chasing Duck down Gordon's Hill, bumped into him. Duck and his crew bravely attempted to take control and slow the train, but crashed through a barber shop to avoid crashing into a passenger train[4].

Personality

Sentient cattle trucks are described as Troublesome Trucks.

Technical Details

Basis

These cattle trucks are based on LMS cattle wagons.

Livery

These cattle trucks are painted brown, orange, grey and dark yellow. Their faces are embedded into their bodies and matched their liveries. There is also a brown cattle truck with white "N.W." lettering.

Appearances

Trivia

Merchandise

GWR MEX B Cattle Trucks

These Cattle Trucks are rolling stock used for transporting livestock throughout various railways.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

Edward once had to take some cattle trucks to a market town. On the line there was a field where some cows were grazing. The noise and smoke produced by the train disturbed the cows as they were not used to it. As Edward passed by, a number of cows broke the fence, ran across the line and broke a coupling, which caused the last truck and the brake van to be left behind. Edward, who believed the jerk was caused by the trucks getting up to mischief, continued on his journey, unaware of the mishap[5]. Sometime afterwards, one of these trucks broke away from their engine and whilst chasing Duck down Gordon's Hill, bumped into him. Duck and his crew bravely attempted to take control and slow the train, but crashed into a barber shop while avoid crashing James. The trucks did not care, and were feeling very pleased with themselves.

On one occasion, the trucks tricked Bill and Ben as to where to shunt them. As a result, the yard was in a terrible mess causing the twins to be late with their evening duties[6].

When Oliver fell into the turntable well, they were one of several trucks who teased him when he returned from the works. They stopped their teasing towards him, when he pulled S.C. Ruffey, their leader, apart[7].

The vans later encouraged Diesel to pull a line of twenty trucks, with their brakes on unbeknownst to Diesel. He pulled so hard that he broke loose a coupling and fell off the quay and onto a barge[8].

Two of these empty cattle trucks became derailed when Thomas crashed into a rockslide on the Misty Valley Branch Line due to thick fog. Cyril the Fogman placed detonators on the track to warn Toby and Henrietta of the derailment ahead[9].

Thomas once had to deliver a farmer's prized bull aboard one of these trucks. Thomas and the train were later caught in a landslide and Percy came to their rescue[10].

There are also some colourful cattle trucks, which are used by the circus and funfair when they come to Sodor[11]. They have been used to carry the circus horses[12].

Personality

Sentient Cattle trucks are described as Troublesome Trucks. In the second series, faceless trucks have also been described as sentient.

Types of sentient trucks in the television series:

Technical Details

Basis

They are based on GWR MEX B Diagram W8 cattle wagons.

Types of van designs

Livery

They are painted in various shades of brown with grey roofs. They have also been seen with black roofs. There are also some trucks with heavily weathered dark green doors.

There are also circus and funfair variants depicted with special liveries.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Trivia

  • Starting from the seventh series, the cattle trucks are faceless.
  • From the second to the ninth series, the cattle trucks models were constructed out of Tenmille kits, which are still made today. From the tenth series to the twelfth series, the cattle trucks models were scratch built.
  • Their Tomy Motor Road and Rail toys are repainted from JNR 3000 series vans.

Merchandise

References



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