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Orange Branch Line Coaches in the television series are used on local passenger trains. They resemble Annie and Clarabel.


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The orange coaches are usually found at Knapford.

James was once pulling a train of orange coaches, however, he was in a bad mood and he bumped the coaches pretty hard. While he was pulling the train, a brake pipe in one of the coaches started to leak, which caused both James and his train to halt. A newspaper and a passenger's bootlace was used to mend the hole in the brake pipe.[1]

Edward was once pulling a train of orange coaches that were transporting visitors of the island. However, while he was pulling the train, one of his side rods broke, causing both Edward and his train to halt. Edward's side rods were taken off and the the couplings of the coaches were loosened, so Edward could pull the train.[2]


Like many coaches on Sodor, they do not appreciate being bumped by an engine, and if they are not handled properly, especially if their brake-pipe is damaged from rough treatment, they will refuse to go further, as shown when James damaged a brake-pipe by bumping his coaches and speeding.

Despite the majority of these coaches not having faces, they were sentient in the first and second series. Two coaches with faces appear in the first series, similar to Annie and Clarabel but without nameplates.

Coaches with faces have also appear in several books, annuals and magazines. Two coaches with faces have also made an appearance in the animated learning segments, however these are unique, as they have two faces on both ends.[3]

List of sentient coaches:

List of known named sentient coaches:

Technical Details


The orange coaches are based on LB&SCR 4-wheeled coaches built to a design by Stroudley between 1872 and 1892. Several coaches of this type are preserved on the Bluebell Railway and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

The red coaches share the same basis, however they have different rooftop designs and styled-brake coaches.

In the television series, the orange brake coach's guard compartments did not have the duckets that feature on the red or LB&SCR examples. Instead a piece of card or plastic over this area. They also had different styled rooftops to the ones seen on the L&SCR.

Different types of classes in the Model era: A variety of different types of classes have appeared in the television series. Each of these can be identified by the amount of windows, guard's compartment and lowered bufferbeam.

Types of classes in the CGI Era:


The coaches are painted dull orange with white rooftops. Coaches with faces have embedded faces that match their livery, like Annie and Clarabel.

In the annual story, Pantomime Pranks, green coaches with white rooftops are pulled by James. In the magazine story, Rain or Shine, two yellow coaches with grey rooftops and red lining were pulled by Thomas and Percy.


Voice Actors


  • The models of the coaches were made using Tenmille Gauge 1 LB&SCR Stroudley coach kits.
  • They only appeared in the first and second series. As of the third series, Annie and Clarabel seem to be the only type of these coaches left on Sodor.
  • In the first and second series, the coaches had the ability to talk, despite not having visible faces. However, in the first series, the coaches who did have faces were actually just Annie and Clarabel's models without painted on names. They were often used to represent the orange coaches during speaking roles.
  • Thomas' Special Coach was going to reuse a model of one of these coaches, but as its episode was cancelled, Thomas' Special Coach was never featured in the television series. However, it still made brief appearances in Percy and the Signal and Duck Takes Charge.
  • In Lift, Load and Haul on the Official Website, a repainted a red coach's CGI model has appeared as an orange coach, which is also the only appearance in the CGI series.


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