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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 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.


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].

Shortly afterwards, one of these vans was at the front of a train of trucks broke away from their engine and chased Duck down Gordon's Hill, intending to derail him. They failed to bump him hard enough to do so and instead began pushing him, attempting to crash him into James’ passenger train. Duck and his crew bravely attempted to take control and slow the train, but crashed into a barber shop while avoiding crashing into James. The trucks did not care, and were feeling very pleased with themselves[2].

Some of these vans were later used as part of the Flying Kipper, as extra vans were required after a boat returned with a greater load of fish than usual. Duck was acting as a "banker" for Henry's train on Gordon's Hill. However, Duck accidentally rammed into the rear van when a faulty tail-lamp fell off on Gordon's Hill[3].

At Brendam Docks, one of these vans teased James about his paint being nice, but not his face.[4]


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 the real Lynton and Barnstaple Railway box vans, scaled up from narrow gauge to standard gauge.

Types of van designs

Vans with raised buffers were made in the second series to be compatible with engines engines and other rolling stock.


These vans are painted in different liveries, such as brown and black, all in either the same or different shade. Some of these vans have rust and white graffiti on them

A van painted cream appeared in an annual story.



  • One of these vans had raised buffers to match the engines and other rolling stock. This particular van along with its face-mask is now in possession of Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.
  • One of these vans made its last appearance in the widescreen version of the sixth series episode, Gordon Takes a Tumble. A van can be faintly seen tumbling down the hill when Gordon and his goods train begin to derail.
  • As of March 2020, a model of one of these vans is on display at Drayton Manor Theme Park.



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