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This article is about the original name for the international range. You may be looking for the Japanese range.

Motor Road and Rail (previously known as Tomica World and currently Plarail Thomas) (Japanese: プラレールトーマス) in Japan) is a battery-operated toy train system manufactured by TOMY. The engines run on plastic blue track and the roadway vehicles run on a grey road. Motor Road and Rail is not fully compatible with other Thomas toy brands, although the vehicles in the range are the same gauge as and fit well on Wooden Railway track and vice-versa.

Outside Asia, HiT Toy Company bought the licence for the range in 2007 and replaced it with the TrackMaster range.

Engines

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas 1992 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with Annie and Clarabel; reissued in 1993, 2012 and 2018
Henry 1993 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a van, log wagon and three logs; van removed in later releases; reissued in 2003 with a Troublesome Truck and a Troublesome Van in Asia and then a red truck in 2018
James 1994 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a cattle truck and brake van; brake Van removed in later releases; reissued in 2003 with a Tar Tanker and Troublesome Truck in Asia and with a green Brake Van in 2014
Percy 1994 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World) 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a Sodor fuel tanker and mail van; reissued in 2003 in Asia with the Mail Van being replaced by a Troublesome Truck
Gordon 1995 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a green express coach; reissued in 2012 and 2015
Edward 1995 (Plarail); 2001 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a Troublesome Van and a Troublesome Truck; reissued in 2012 and 2018 with a yellow Troublesome Van
Toby 1996 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail Sold with Henrietta and a Troublesome Truck; reissued in 2012
Duck 1997 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with S.C. Ruffey and Toad
Diesel 1997 (Plarail); 1999 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a Tidmouth Milk Tanker and Sodor Fuel Tanker
BoCo 1997 (Plarail); 2002 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a Troublesome Truck and Tar Tanker
Donald 1998 (Plarail); 2002 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with two Troublesome Trucks; later reissued with only one truck
Oliver 1998 (Plarail); 1999 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with two burgundy coaches
Ben 1999 (Plarail); 2001 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with two Troublesome Trucks and four rock loads
Mavis 1999 (Plarail); 2002 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with the Breakdown Train; reissued in 2012
Stepney 1999 (Plarail); 2002 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with a Troublesome Truck and Brake Van
Lady 2000 (Plarail); 2001 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with two magenta Troublesome Trucks
Diesel 10 2000 (Plarail); 2001 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with two mustard Troublesome Trucks; reissued in 2012 and 2016
Splatter and Dodge 2001 (Plarail); 2002 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with the works unit coach
Powerful Gordon 2002 Features Gordon with an angry face and a red Express Coach
Salty 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Sold with two black Troublesome Trucks and four tarpaulin loads
Harvey 2003 Sold with a motorised works unit coach and flatbed; reissued in 2014
Emily 2004 Sold with one of her coaches; reissued with a green Brake Van in 2008, 2012 and 2018
Murdoch 2004 Sold with a Troublesome Truck
Spencer 2004 Sold with one of the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's coaches; reissued in 2012
Arthur 2005 Sold with a Troublesome Truck, Troublesome Van and two fish loads
Douglas 2006 Sold with a red Troublesome Truck
Bill 2006 Sold with two Troublesome Trucks and four coal loads
Skarloey 2006 Sold with two blue narrow gauge coaches
Rusty 2006 Sold with two red narrow gauge coaches
Molly 2006 Sold with a green truck
Neville 2006 Sold with a red van
Dennis 2006 Sold with two trucks and four roof tile loads
Mighty Mac 2006 Sold with a motorised green narrow gauge coach
Sir Handel 2007 Sold with two burgundy narrow gauge coaches
Duncan 2007 Sold with two narrow gauge slate trucks and four slate loads
Rosie 2007 Sold with two trucks and two balloon loads; reissued in 2012 and 2018 in her new red livery and with two red trucks
Freddie 2007 Sold with two green narrow gauge coaches
Rocky with a red flatbed and a crate 2007
Stanley 2009 Sold with a blue Troublesome Truck, log wagon and three logs; reissued in 2012
Hiro 2011 Sold with a slate truck and two loads of blue paint; reissued in 2012 and 2018
Dash 2011 Sold with two trucks and four loads of logs; reissued in 2012
Belle 2012 Sold with a water tanker and a Vicarstown Dieselworks tanker; reissued in 2018
Victor 2012 Sold with a truck and flatbed
Flynn with a water tank trailer 2013
Luke 2013 Sold with a red truck, yellow log wagon and two blue paint loads
Stephen 2014 Sold with a red log wagon with a crown load
Connor 2014 Sold with one of his coaches
Gator 2015 Sold with an unmotorised Marion and light blue log wagon with permanent rock load
Ryan 2016 Sold with an unmotorised Skiff and yellow truck
Streamlined Thomas with Annie and Clarabel 2017 Based on The Great Race; reissued in 2018
Shooting Star Gordon with a coach 2017 Based on The Great Race; reissued in 2018
Hurricane 2018 Sold with an unmotorised Frankie and a ladle truck
Ashima 2018 Sold with tanker and brake van
Caitlin 2018 Sold with one of her coaches
Rebecca 2019 Sold with a blue tanker
Yong Bao 2019 Sold with a red slate truck
Nia 2019 Sold with a Brazilian coffee truck and an African van; only available in Thomas and Nia and Ace Go! Go! Adventure Set
Hong-Mei 2019 Only available in 3-pack with Ringing Rajiv and Winged Thomas
Lorenzo with Beppe 2020
Gina 2020 Sold with two trucks with photos of Jack and Brenda

Non-Rail Vehicles

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Bertie 1996 (Plarail); 1998 (Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Reissued in the Thomas and Bertie Over the Rainbow set and in the "Full Sounds! Railroad Crossing" set, the latter of which is unmotorised
Bulgy 1998 (Plarail and Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Had both original and vegetable bus versions; vegetable bus version released in 2004
Lorry 1 2001 (Plarail and Tomica World); 2003 (Motor Road and Rail) Initially only available in Tomica World in the A Day Out With James Set
Elizabeth 2003 Initially only available in Plarail in the "Thomas and Elizabeth" set
Thomas Land Express 2005
Ace 2019
Jack 2020
Brenda 2020

Packs

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Diesel, Freight, Wagons and Cargo 2003 Features Diesel with S.C. Ruffey, some Troublesome Trucks with loads and the Breakdown Crane
Surprised Thomas with the Jet Engine 2003 Comes with a DVD featuring Thomas the Jet Engine
Metallic Thomas, Annie and Clarabel 2005 Only in Asia
Steam Along Thomas with Annie and Clarabel 2005
Thomas with the Chinese Dragon and a Troublesome Truck 2006 Comes with a DVD featuring Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
Sodor Crane Set 2006 Features the Breakdown Crane, a Fuel Tanker and S.C. Ruffey
Red express coach 2006
Raspberry syrup tanker 2006
Blue Troublesome Truck with two grey rock loads 2006
Brown Troublesome Truck with two orange barrel loads 2006
Green Troublesome Truck with two fruit loads 2006
Annie and Clarabel Set 2006 Features Annie, Clarabel, a Milk Tanker and a Red Van
Sodor Passenger Car Set 2006 Features a crate car, an Express Coach, Henrietta and Toad
Busy Bee James with flatbed 2007
Chocolate-covered Percy 2007 Sold with a Sodor fuel tanker and mail van
Percy and Happy Action Wagons 2009 Features Percy, Elephant Car, Monkey Puppet Car, Red Music Box Car and Carnival Cattle Van
Thomas' Conductor's Carriage Ride 2009 Features Thomas with a snowplough and open carriage with conductor
Percy and Circus Wagons 2009 Features Decorated Percy, Bumpy Circus Crates Truck, Rotating Mixer Car, Blue Slate Truck with Chickens and Circus Cattle Van
Hero of the Rails Set 2010
Thomas on Parade Set 2010 Released in celebration of the Railway Series’ 65th anniversary; features Bunting-covered Thomas, Decorated Truck with Bumpy White Chocolate load, Decorated Brakevan, Decorated Chocolate Tanker, Old Slow Coach and The Fat Controller in a white suit
James and Pasture Wagons Set 2010 Features Decorated James, Decorated Milk Churns Truck, Moving Cow car and Slate Truck with Pigs
Hiro and Aquarium Wagons 2011
Tired Face Thomas with Annie and Clarabel 2011
Surprised Percy and Rocky 2011 Reissued in 2012
Gordon and Zoo Wagons Set 2012 Features Decorated Gordon, Moving Zoo Picture Car, Elephant Car and Slate Truck with Fruit Crates
Fire-Engine Flynn and Diesel 10 Rescue 2012
Patchwork Hiro 2013 Based on Hero of the Rails
Mystery of the Blue Mountain Pack 2013 Based on Blue Mountain Mystery; features Victor in his yellow livery, Kevin and a red Breakdown Train
Percy and Dinosaur Wagons 2014 Features decorated Percy, Dinosaur Bones Wagon, Dinosaur Eggs Wagon, Tanker and Cattle Van
James and Amusement Park Freight Cars 2014 Features decorated James, Merry-Go-Round Freight Car, Pirate Ship Freight Car and Cattle Van
Connor and Caitlin Super Express King of the Railway Set 2014 Features Connor, Caitlin and a truck with King Godred's crown
Ōigawa Railway Thomas 2014
Bees Chasing Along With James 2015 Features shocked James with red nose, Moving Bumblebee Car, Moving Ladybirds Car and Honey Van; based around Buzz, Buzz
Percy and Zoo Wagons 2015 Features decorated Percy, Moving Elephant Wagon, Birds and Piano Animal Park Freight Car, Gorilla Animal Park Freight Car and Green and Pink Panda Van
Doki Doki Treasure Hunt Set 2016
Looking for Pounding Treasure Set 2016 Based on Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure; features muddy Thomas, Skiff, Sailor John and Marion
Green Thomas and Black James First Story Set 2016 Based on The Adventure Begins
Ōigawa Railway James 2017
25th Anniversary Blue Shiny Thomas Party Set 2017 Released to celebrate Plarail's 25th anniversary; features Metallic Thomas with bow tie, decorated Winston with Sir Topham Hatt, Spinning Birthday Cake Car, Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Drink Tanker and Firecrackers Van
Keihan 10000 Thomas 2017 2017
Friends Set 2018 Features Harvey, Marion and Beresford
Doctor Airplane Thomas! Around World Set 2019 Features Winged Thomas, Hong-Mei and Rajiv

Ringing Tekoro Engines

All of the engines in this range are unmotorised.

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2018

2019

Talking engines

Talk 'n' Action Engines

In 2000, Talk 'n' Action engines were released with the ability to "talk" using special green pieces of track. The engines' first car is connected to them and cannot be uncoupled. Three of them were released outside of Japan.

2000

  • Talk 'n' Action Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
  • Talk 'n' Action Henry with fish van and log car
  • Talk 'n' Action Gordon with green express coach
  • Talk 'n' Action James with cattle truck and brake van
  • Talk 'n' Action Percy with fuel tanker and mail van

2001

Plarail Talking Engines

In Japan, a line of engines that talk in Japanese were released in 2004.

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (only in Coal and Water Depot set )
  • Percy with works coach and fuel tanker
  • James with red Express coach
  • Gordon with green Express coach
  • Henry with green Express coach
  • Edward with mail van

In 2010, the talking engines were discontinued but in 2013, some of the engines were brought back with updated cars and new voices from the ninth series-present voice cast.

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
  • Percy with a mail coach and brown wagon
  • James with a blue express coach
  • Hiro with a red open car
  • Gordon with an express coach

Pullback Engines

These engines were chunky plastic toys created and distributed by TOMY in 2004. There was a set that was released that contained all three engines.

Destinations

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Panorama Bag 1994 (Plarail)
Rail Drawbridge 1998
Long Rail Tunnel 1998
Road and Rail Tunnel 1998
Engine Turntable 1998
Road Turntable 1998
Country Station 1998
Road Tunnel 1998
Automatic Crossing 1998
Elsbridge Crossing station 1998 Also known as the Thomas Crossing Station
Bridge Crossing 1998
Thumper and Boulder Scenery Set 1999
Thomas Going Out 1999
Talking Caroline at Wellsworth Station 2000
Talking Trevor at Vicarage Orchard 2000
Harold and Windmill Scenery Set 2003
Switchyard and Sidings 2003
Sir Topham Hatt's Office 2004
Conductor's Office 2004
Knapford Station 2005
Suspension bridge 2005
Engine Sheds and turntable 2005
Water tower and coal loader 2005
Mail Office 2005
Sodor engine wash 2006
Steam Along water tower 2006
Quarry loader 2006
Cranky and Bulstrode at the Docks 2007 Was previously exclusive to sets
Harold and cargo delivery 2007
Sodor Rail Yard 2007
Roller Coaster Mountain 2007
Thomas Rail Map 2007
Thomas Go Out Solid Map 2014
Load and Unload! Cranky in the Big Harbour 2014
Big Thomas 2015
Fold up Thomas Storage Box 2015
Thomas Put Away Play Map 2016
Pororon Station 2016
Who is there? Hide and Seek Tunnel 2017
Melody Windmill 2017
Fish! Fish! Bridge 2017
Full Sounds! Railroad Crossing 2017

Expansion Packs

2002

  • Diesel expansion pack - Diesel with a milk wagon, fuel tanker and tracks
  • Talking Percy expansion pack - Talk 'n' Action Percy and tracks

2005

  • Railway expansion 1 - fuel tanker, truck, brake van and oval of track with sidings

2006

  • Railway expansion 2 - milk wagon, boxcar, truck and oval of track
  • Track expansion pack
  • Thomas Track Expansion Pack
  • Station Crossing Accessory Kit

Sets

Model Original Release Year Item Number Notes
Thomas the Tank Engine set 1992 (Plarail version); 1999 (Tomica World version) Had two versions; one from Plarail, the other by Tomica World
Thomas and Cranky Crane train set 1999
Thomas dump car set 1996 (first version); 1999 (second version) Had two versions
Henry the Green Engine set 1992
Thomas Starter set 1998
Thomas Medium set 1998
Thomas Big set 1998
Thomas Deluxe set 1998
Thomas Giant set 1999 (first version); 2006 (second version) Had two versions
Donald and Douglas Snowplough set 1999 Based on The Deputation
Lady and Diesel 10 Chasing Set 2000 Based on Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Thomas Adventure set 2001 Later re-released as Talking Thomas and Harold Adventure set
Talk 'n' Action Magic Rail set 2001
Thomas Bucket set 2001
Thomas and Freight Cars set 2001
Thomas Going Out set 2001
Percy and Bulgy set 2002
A Day Out with James Set 2002
Thomas and Terence Deluxe Action set 2002 Also known as the Thomas and Terence Adventure set and the Thomas at the Timber Yard set
Thomas Station set 2002
Thomas first Plarail set 2002
Bill and Ben Harbour Friends set 2002
Thomas Snowplough set 2003
Thomas and Elizabeth set 2003
Thomas Holiday set 2004
Thomas' Big Race 2004 Based on Thomas and Bertie
Talking Thomas Coal and Water Depot set 2004
PlaKids Town Emily set 2004
Green Bulgy Roadway Expansion pack 2004
Bertie Motor on the Road Set 2004
Thomas Ultimate set 2005 (first version); 2006 (second version) Had two versions, second of which was a Toys R Us exclusive
Steam Along Thomas set 2005
Water Tower Steam set 2005
Thomas and Cranky Deluxe Action train set 2005
The Great Race 2005 Based on Thomas and Bertie
Thomas and Bertie set 2005 (first version); 2007 (second version) Had two versions
Thomas' Railway Fun set 2005
Thomas Water and Coal Station set 2005
Harold at the Helipad set 2005
Calling All Engines! set 2005
Thomas at Harold's Heliport set 2005
Knapford Station Extension Rail set 2005
Thomas All Aboard Set 2005
Thomas, Percy and the Dragon 2006
Thomas Engine Wash set 2006
Sodor Quarry Loader set 2006
Maithwaite Station set 2006
Thomas and Percy Bucket set 2006
Thomas Bridge and Quarry Mine Set 2006
Thomas Mega set 2007
Thomas and Jeremy Airport set 2007
Thomas at Roller Coaster Mountain set 2007
Roller Coaster Mountain set 2007
Thomas and Jeremy's Airport set 2008
Stanley at the Station 2009
Thomas colourful turn rail set 2009
Thomas at the Suspension Bridge 2009
Thomas Basic set 2009 (first version); 2013 (second version); 2018 (third version) Had three versions
Thomas Chugs Along Set 2009
Thomas and Hiro set 2010
Thomas' Cruise set 2010
Emily Sloping Rail Set 2010
Percy with Action Freight Car Set 2010
Sodor Island Set 2010
Thomas and Wagons set 2011
Thomas and Bash Log Wagon set 2011
Back and Go Thomas! Misty Island set 2011
Roller Coaster Mountain and Engine Sheds set 2011
Keihan 700 Thomas set 2011
Thomas and Round and Round Bridge Set 2011
Thomas Works set 2012
Fire-Engine Flynn and Thomas set 2012
Thomas and Percy Knapford Station rail set 2012
Thomas Tunnel set 2013
Thomas Bumpy Mountain Pass set 2013
Thomas Pounding Mountain set 2014
Let's Create! Thomas Rail Visual Scene set* 2014
Get Started with Plarail Thomas! Simple Combination Rail Set 2015
Move in Voice! My Friends Thomas Set 2016
Plarail Thomas and Bertie Competition! Rainbow Bridge Set 2016
Choo-choo! Steam Thomas Set 2017
Go Round and Round! Thomas and Merlin's Coal Hopper Set 2018
Thomas is climbing! Mechanical Action Rail Set 2018
Thomas the Tank Engine Island of Sodor Challenge! 2018

Trivia

  • Takara Tomy released Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James and Percy again in Plarail, but with more detail such as a white running plate and black lamp irons.
  • Elsbridge Station was made twice as "Thomas Crossing Station".
  • The Talk 'n' Action Toby, Henry and Gordon were originally planned to be released to English-speaking territories, but due to the Talk 'n' Action range being discontinued, they were cancelled.
  • In 2014, James received a separately coupled tender and in 2015, Gordon received the same modification. In 2018, Edward and Henry also received the same treatment. Each engine also received an updated CGI style face.
  • In 2018, Thomas and Percy received some minor updates, along with CGI faces.
  • Edward's redesign inaccurately portrays him as a 2-6-0, much like his TrackMaster (2014-onwards) counterpart.
  • Donald and Douglas were the first tender engines not to have their tenders permanently attached.
  • Ashima was first released as an unmotorised ringing engine before getting a motorised variant.
  • Henry's models use the BR Class C Headcodes.
  • Winston and Marion are unmotorised and have a front coupler, hinting that they could be used as rolling stock.
  • Rosie's red livery incorrectly has her boiler bands in white instead of gold.
  • Rebecca's model incorrectly has her navy colours in black.
  • Thomas, Annie, Clarabel and Bulstrode's models cameoed at the end of The Harry Hill Movie.
  • Emily and Toby are the only Steam Team members without CGI faces.
  • The wheels on Theo's model are all exactly the same size.
  • Gordon's pre-2015 models and Henry's pre-2018 models were the only ones with six functional wheels.
  • Edward's pre-2018 model, Molly and Mighty Mac are the only engines with eight working wheels.
  • Murdoch's model has the most working wheels of any model, with a total of ten.
  • Hong-Mei's model reuses the chassis of Rosie's models, though the upper body shell was a new sculpt.
  • Since the late 2010s, the models received less paint applications as cost-cutting measures, which is more evident with the buffers.

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