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The GWR Ventilated Vans are rolling stock used for transporting goods and merchandise throughout various railways.

They are also simply known as vans or trucks in the UK narration or cars in the US narration.


Thomas & Friends

When Diesel failed to pull a line of old trucks, some of these vans were seen singing a rude parody of "Pop Goes the Weasel" called Pop Goes the Diesel, much to Diesel's fury and annoyance[1].

These vans (along with other Troublesome Trucks) tricked Bill and Ben where to shunt them. As a result, the yard was in a terrible mess causing the twins to be late with their evening duties[2].

When Oliver fell into the turntable well, they were one of several trucks who teased him when returned from the works. They stopped their teasing towards him, when he pulled S.C. Ruffey, their leader, apart[3].

A van which was a part of Henry's train once teased him for being scared. However, after some suspicious events happened at Hawin Lake, the trucks became spooked too. They charged forwards, crashed through the gates and hit a landslide. The trucks ran over the rubble and plunged into a ravine below4].

According to Salty, these were one of the trucks that knew his secret.

One of these vans was part of a train which carried sugar for Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory. The train was involved in an accident when Percy crashed through the factory building, and they were covered in chocolate.

Most of these vans have often been used for the Flying Kipper and have been involved in many accidents and adventures of HenryDuck or Thomas whilst being a part of the train.


These trucks on fit into the category of Troublesome Trucks.

Types of sentient vans in the television series:

Technical Details


These vans are based on GWR Diagram V24 ventilated vans.

Types of van design


These vans are painted dark brown and dark grey. In the sixth series, a dark grey van was seen carrying the logo of Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory on the sides of it.


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Music Videos



  • Some vans have faces covering the front vents, while others have faces below the vents.
  • Some vans have roof ventilators, while others do not.




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