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Oil and diesel tankers are used for transporting crude oil and diesel fuel.

The diesel fuel is used to power machinery that run on diesel. The diesel tankers are usually found at the Vicarstown Dieselworks.


Sentient tankers fall into the category of Troublesome Trucks.

Type of sentient tankers

Technical Details


These tankers are based on standard 14 ton pre-war tankers common across most of regions.


The oil/diesel tankers are painted black. They formerly had "OIL" painted in white on both sides. Since the switch to CGI, the tankers now have a logo of an oil rig with oil gushing out of it in an olive circle, replacing the former "OIL" title.

In The Railway Series, the oil/diesel tankers painted green, red, blue and black. Some of them have logos from companies such as BP and Shell on both sides.


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  • Some oil/diesel tankers gain faces in Journey Beyond Sodor. Faceless ones are still seen regularly though.
  • One oil tanker model is currently on display at the Hara Model Railway Museum. Another oil tanker model and it's face is owned by Twitter user TomsProps. A third oil tanker with its face is owned by Twitter user ThomasTankMerch. Two other oil tankers with faces are currently on display at Drayton Manor Theme Park.
  • Their models were repainted from the tar tankers and the standard tankers dating back to the second series when the latter was painted silver.


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

* RWS only | ** T&F only