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This page is for minor vehicle characters who have appeared in the Railway Series, Thomas & Friends, the annual stories and the magazine stories. These characters were either unseen and only mentioned, or simply appeared as background characters without any speaking roles and were nameless.

The Green Bus

The Green Bus was a passenger bus who worked in East Anglia.

Biography

The green bus was one of the buses who took traffic away from Toby's Old Tramway, causing Toby to have no more passengers. During those days, Toby and Henrietta were unhappy with the buses taking all their passengers, but they temporarily got their passengers back when the bus crashed through some roadworks and into a big hole. The bus was eventually repaired, and competition from the buses, as well as lorries, forced the tramway to close in 1951. Toby later told the story of his old tramway and the bus to Thomas and Percy.

Technical Details

Basis

The green bus is based on a AEC Regal "T Class" London Country Area bus. 8 of these buses are known to survive in preservation. One of them, T31, is believed to have been the first bus to be privately preserved in the UK. Bertie and formerly Algy share the same basis.

Livery

In the Railway Series, the bus was painted dark green. In the annual stories, the bus is painted light green with a big white stripe on his sides.

Appearances

Gallery


JTK 62

In the sixth illustration of Steamroller, a blue car with the number plate JTK 62 can be seen. This references both the initials of the illustrator, John T. Kenney, and the year in which the book was published, 1962.

Technical Details

Basis

JTK 62 is based on a 1962 Wolseley.

Appearances

Gallery


Bulgy's Friend

Bulgy's Friend is a red double-decker bus that is one of Bulgy's close friend. Although he was not seen in the railway series or the television series, he did appear in the My Thomas Story LibraryBulgy, however, he appeared to be faceless.

Personality

Bulgy's friend was mentioned by Oliver as being rude, just like Bulgy, as he was trying to take Bulgy's passengers home so that Bulgy can steal Duck and Oliver's passengers.

Technical Details

Basis

Bulgy's friend is based on an AEC Bridgemaster bus, like Bulgy.

Livery

Bulgy's friend is painted similar to Bulgy, red and cream, though he has a light grey middle section.

Appearances

Books

  • 2003 - Bulgy (does not speak; faceless)

Gallery


The Orange Caterpillar Crane

This article is about the Railway Series crane. You may be looking for the television series cranes.


The Orange Caterpillar Crane is a mobile crane that is owned by some workmen. He/she was once seen working near the Ffarquhar Branch Line.

Biography

When the water level in a stream near Hackenbeck rose to a dangerous level, the wooden bridge across the stream started to break apart and eventually collapsed. The line was closed down whilst the bridge was in progress of being mended, some workmen and the orange caterpillar crane owned by them helped to mend the broken bridge.

Technical Details

Livery

The orange caterpillar crane is painted orange with black lining and dark grey caterpillar tracks.

Appearance

Gallery


George's Friends

George's Friends are steamrollers and friends of George. Like George, they are anti-rail and are known for ripping up railway lines and turning them into roads.

When George worked near Thomas' Branch Line, he told Daisy that his friends have paved roads over old railway lines and he was eager to do the same on Sodor.

Appearances


Nancy and Violet

This article is about 'the boat'. You may be looking for the human character.


Nancy and Violet were two cargo ships featured on the Reverend W. Awdry's layout of Tidmouth - Knapford.

Biography

Nancy and Violet regularly delivered coal and machinery to Tidmouth Harbour for the North Western Railway. They also brought fish, which was loaded onto The Flying Kipper.

Trivia

  • Nancy and Violet were built by Wilbert Awdry's brother, George Awdry.
  • They never appeared in any of the Railway Series stories, but were in Awdry's model railway scrapbook, as part of the Awdry Study at Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Tywyn.

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The One-eyed Truck

The One-eyed Truck is a ghost Kelly told a story about.

Biography

According to the tale, it was an old steam lorry who had one of his headlamps stolen by a loader. The loader managed to get away, but, according to legend, the one-eyed truck still haunts Maithwaite Forest looking for a new headlamp.

After teasing Alfie and Percy about the story, Max and Monty were sent to dump some dirt at Maithwaite Forest. They heard a shrill whistle and saw a single headlamp, becoming convinced that it was the one-eyed truck. They ran away in fright, but soon they felt silly when they realised it was Thomas.

Appearances

Trivia

  • The one-eyed truck is based on the fable tale about "the One-eyed Jack".


The Loader

The Loader is a construction vehicle Kelly mentioned in the story about the one-eyed truck he told Percy and the Pack.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

According to the tale, the loader had stolen a headlamp from the one-eyed truck. The one-eyed truck chased the loader into the deepest and darkest part of Maithwaite Forest. The loader managed to get away, but, according to legend, the one-eyed truck still haunts the forest looking for a new headlamp.

Appearances


The Italian Construction Vehicles


The Italian Construction Vehicles are friends of Ester, who she mentioned whilst talking with Thomas.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

The Italian Construction Vehicles were intended to work at the Italian Construction Site alongside Ester, however with their work delayed they later became busy with their own jobs, leaving Ester to prepare the site on her own.

Appearances


The Road Finisher

The Road Finisher, nicknamed "The Roadinator", is a crawler road paving machine who appears in a fantasy sequence.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

When the Sodor Construction Company were busy working on a new road, Miss Jenny announced the arrival of a new machine. Jack, Alfie, Oliver and Brenda began speculating what type of machine it would be, and the four envisioned "the Road Finisher". He introduces himself as "the ultimate roadinator". The four are amazed of his capabilities and follow him as he begins paving a road. However, the new machine is actually later revealed to be a tunnel boring machine named Darcy.

Personality

The Road Finisher is a parody of the Terminator from the Terminator franchise, as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Technical Details

Basis

The Road Finisher has no specific basis and is a freelance design.

Livery

The Road Finisher is painted grey with yellow arms and wheels. His lower half is painted green at the rear and his arms each have a green ring around them.

Appearances

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • The Road Finisher's caterpillar treads are a modified version of Brenda's.

Gallery


The Chinese Caterpillar Crane

The Chinese Caterpillar Crane works alongside a railway in China. He was once taken by Yong Bao to lift a steam engine back onto the rails.

Technical Details

Basis

The Crane is based on a USA military caterpillar crane.

Livery

The crane is painted yellow with a black roof.


The Chinese Helicopter

The Chinese Helicopter is a rescue helicopter that works in China.

Technical Details

Livery

The helicopter is painted red and white.

Trivia

  • The helicopter has a near-identical face to Yong Bao.


The Chinese Cargo Ship

The Chinese Cargo Ship is a cargo ship that Thomas once met on his visit to China.

Technical Details

Livery

The cargo ship is painted white, red and grey.


Gary's Friends


Three red and blue utes (or pick-up truck) appear in Thomas' Aussie Football Adventure, during Thomas's visit during his visit to Australia. They accompany Gary during the AFL Premiership Cup.

Technical Details

Livery

The utes are painted blue and red with white lining and silver fittings.

Appearances


The Special Bus Service


While the majority of the railway was closed down for repairs, buses were called upon to look after the passengers. One was a red double-decker bus called the "Special Bus Service". He teased Bertie for being small until they had a race, which Bertie won because he was able to go under a low railway bridge. By the end of his visit, the Special Bus Service had learned that Bertie was useful despite his size.

Technical Details

Basis

The Special Bus Service is an AEC Bridgemaster bus. Bulgy and Bulgy's Friend are other members of this basis.

Livery

The Special Bus Service is painted red, and has a sign on his side reading "Special Service". He also has a sign on his front reading "VIP".

Appearance

Magazine Stories

The Special Bus Service only appeared in the magazine story Special Bus Service.


The Open Top Double-Decker Bus

This article is about 'the character'. You may be looking for 'the magazine story'.


The Open Top Double-Decker Bus was a bus that was once taking most of Bertie's passengers, much to the concern of Thomas, however, when the heavy rain came, the passengers decided to have a nice dry ride aboard Bertie.

Technical Details

Livery

The Open Top Double-Decker Bus is painted yellow with maroon destination boards.

Appearances

Magazine Stories

The Open Top Double-Decker Bus also appeared in the magazine story The Open Top Bus.


The White Van


The White Van came to Sodor to deliver items that the engines could not, but only caused trouble when he and his driver made fun of the engines.

The White Van ended up being clamped and taken off the road after parking in the Fat Controller's parking space. It is driven by the White Van Man.

Appearances

Magazine Stories

The White Van only appeared in the magazine story White Van Man.

Gallery


The Dodgems

This article is about the characters. You may be looking for the magazine story.


The Dodgems are a group of bumper cars that only appeared in the magazine stories.

Biography

Percy once had job of delivering the Dodgems to the fairgrounds. They were rather troublesome, territorial, and single-minded. They only enjoyed the fun of the fair, believing it to be the only place to have fun. However, when one of the dodgems plunged into the sea by mistake, he enjoyed it and the rest of the Dodgems learnt that there can actually be fun outside of the fair.

Appearances

Magazine Stories

The Dodgems appeared in the magazine story The Dodgems.

Trivia

Gallery


The Float Lorry

The float lorry is a red lorry who only appeared in the magazines.

Biography

Stephen and Bridget Hatt made a float for a carnival on Thomas' Branch Line. The Float Lorry was then chosen to carry the float with a replica of Thomas, which Stephen and Bridget built themselves. On the day of the carnival, as Thomas passed the procession, he spied the float that looked just like him.

Appearances

Trivia

  • The float lorry looks similar to the Horrid Lorries. However, the float Lorry was introduced four months before the fifth season episode, Horrid Lorry, in which the Horrid Lorries made their début appearances.

Gallery

Non-rail vehicles

* RWS only | ** T&F only | *** Other Media only
International Characters

* RWS only | ** T&F only | ✦ Changed location

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