The Hoppers are used for transporting large amounts of bulk material such as coal, ballast and stone. They are commonly used for construction on Sodor, such as when the Harwick Branch Line was being built. During that time, several hoppers of ballast loads were seen in the Construction Yard. Hoppers are mostly used at quarries or mines.
BR 22 Ton Hoppers
The North Western Railway owns a selection of BR 22 Ton Hoppers. In the Railway Series, these hoppers have been seen being pulled by James, carrying ballast for trackworks along The Main Line. In the television series, these hoppers are commonly used by quarries, such as the Blue Mountain Quarry and the Ffarquhar Quarry.
These hoppers are based on BR 22 ton iron ore hoppers.
In the Railway Series these hoppers have been seen painted yellow, purple, red and grey. In the television series, they are painted black.
ZFV Dogfish Hoppers
In the television series, the North Western Railway owns some ZFV Dogfish hoppers. These hoppers are often used to carry ballast from Arlesburgh West and were heavily used during the construction of the Harwick Branch Line.
These hoppers are based on British Railways' ZFV 'Dogfish' ballast hoppers.
These hoppers have been seen in varying shades of green, red, orange and grey. From the seventeenth series onwards they are painted grey with brown frames.
In the television series, the North Western Railway owns an ICI bogie hopper named Hector.
These hoppers are based on ICI bogie hoppers.
Hector is painted black with "HECTOR" painted on both sides in cream, and white wheel rims.
- To date, Hector is the only hopper that has been named and seen with a face.