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Old-King Coal is a Private Owner truck used for transporting coal on the Ffarquhar Branch Line.

Technical Details


Old-King Coal is based on a RCH 5-plank wagon with added coke railings. This is unusual, as most wagons with coke railings were converted from either 7- or 8-plank wagons. Old-King Coal's unusual appearance comes from the kit used to build the truck, a Ratio No. 1501 Coke Wagon kit.


Old-King Coal is painted ultramarine blue, with black frames and yellow lettering on each side.


  • Old-King Coal was created by the Rev. W. Awdry, but was not featured in any book of The Railway Series. A model of the truck, however, was part of the Rev. W. Awdry's model layout of Thomas' Branch Line. Nothing is known of its personality.
  • Old-King Coal's name is a play on words of the British nursery rhyme Old King Cole.


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