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Flatbeds, conflats and well wagons are used for transporting large and heavy loads. They have also been referred to as flat trucks and flat cars.

They have been seen many times in both the The Railway Series and television series.

Flatbeds

Flatbeds are bogie wagons with a flat surface. They are mainly used for transporting large loads such as girder beams, rails, timber, pipes and scrap metal. Some are also used for transporting small loads such as cargo and equipment.

On Misty Island, there are flatbeds specially designed for transporting logs.

Personality

Though always faceless these flatbeds can be spotted amongst the trucks singing Pop Goes the Diesel. Some flatbeds once uncoupled from Edward and were referred to as "Troublesome Trucks".

Basis

The flatbeds are based on the Taff Vale Railway Macaw G and heavily modified SECR Utility Vans.

Types of flatbed designs

Livery

These flatbeds are often painted grey, while others are painted black with rusty bogie frames.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Merchandise

Conflats

Conflats are small, four-wheeled wagons. They are used for transporting lighter and smaller loads, such as crates, short logs and small locomotives.

Basis

Though their overall look resembles British Railways 13-ton conflats, their models were made from the frames of a tanker and a van.

Appearances

Thomas & Friends

Specials

Merchandise

SR Brake Van Conflat

This flatbed is a former SR brake van, which is often used to transport pipes, road vehicles and sometimes small engines such as Percy.

At first it had poles to keep the pipe loads in place, but later lost these. When transporting Caroline to the cricket field, it gained temporary wooden blocks to prevent Caroline rolling off during transit.

Basis

This flatbed is based on an SR brake van, nicknamed "Pillbox".

Types of flatbed designs

Livery

This flatbed is painted black.

Appearances

Trivia

  • This variant of flatbed was created for Thomas' sister show TUGS. It featured prominently in the episode High Tide being pulled by the goods engine before falling into the canal in an accident.

Well Wagons

Well wagons are flat wagons with a lowered section in the middle. They are used for transporting loads that would otherwise be too tall for a normal flatbed, such as heavy machinery, vehicles and locomotives. Occasionally they have been used to convey narrow gauge and miniature gauge engines on the standard gauge system.

Personality

Though always faceless these were depicted as Troublesome Trucks in the Railway Series. James once had to shunt a goods train of wellwagons, but James had bumped the trucks who then slipped their brakes on to spite him. Two of the wellwagons were later involved in an accident, where they found themselves traveling sideways accross the points and knocking a signal over.

Basis

The well wagons are based on the Great Western Railway 35-ton Crocodile G.

Appearances

Merchandise


* RWS only | ** T&F only | --- Dropped


* RWS only | ** T&F only
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