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Fuel tankers are used for transporting liquid fuel, such as petrol. Diesel fuel is transported in other tankers. The utmost care must be taken with these in case of fire.

James once had to pull a train of fuel tankers, however, one of the tankers started to leak fuel, causing all the tankers to ignite from the sparks billowing from James' funnel. James' driver had to stop the train in a siding and call the fire department, so the fire could be put out.


A fuel tanker with a face was seen in the Railway Series. In the television series they've never been seen with faces, however they have been seen amongst the Troublesome Trucks who tricked Bill and Ben. James once referred to his fuel tankers as "stupid trucks".

Types of sentient tankers

Technical Details


Most of these tankers are based on standard 14-ton pre-war tankers common across most of regions. However, some are depicted in merchandising as DB Shell tankers from Germany.


The fuel tankers are painted safety yellow. They formerly had red warning signs and "SODOR FUEL" painted in black on both sides. Since the switch to CGI, the tankers now have a logo of a red petrol can on both sides, replacing the former "SODOR FUEL" title. James once pulled a train of fuel tankers that were painted black.

In The Railway Series, the fuel tankers are painted green, red, blue and black. Some of them have logos from companies such as BP and Shell on both sides.


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  • Fuel has also been transported in plain 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".[1]
  • In the television series, only one fuel tanker model was constructed. The fuel tanker model was previously on display at Nitrogen Studios.



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

* RWS only | ** T&F only