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LBSC Railway 8 Ton Vans are rolling stock used for transporting goods and materials throughout the railways, such as the North Western Railway.

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


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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]. Another one of these vans laughed at Gordon, when he lost his dome. Gordon tried to wheesh them away but to no avail[2].

On one occasion, the 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[3].

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[4].

According to Salty, these vans were one of the trucks that knew his secret. [5]

The vans later encouraged Diesel to pull a line of 20 trucks, with their brakes on unbeknownst to Diesel. He pulled so hard that he broke loose a coupling and fall off the quay and onto a barge[6].

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 vans fit into the category of Troublesome Trucks. Types of sentient vans in the television series:

Technical Details


The LBSC Railway 8 ton vans are based on the real LBSC Railway (Diagram 8) 8 ton vans that are used on the railways, such as British Railways.

Types of van designs


The LBSC Railway 8 ton vans are painted in different liveries, such as brown, grey, black or brown, all in either the same or different shade. They have rooftops painted in different liveries, such as white, grey or black, all in either the same or different shade.


Thomas & Friends


Music Videos


  • Two of these vans were for a time on display at Drayton Manor.
  • There were two variations of vans, some with roof vents and some without such.



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