Plank trucks are open-topped wooden trucks used to transport goods and other things. Some particular ones may often be Troublesome Trucks if they have faces.
7-plank trucks are mostly utilised for the transportation of stone and coal. Due to their ubiquitous nature on the railway, they have been employed for transporting a variety of other materials, such as wood, sand, china clay, bricks and even debris after large storms. From the eighth series until the sixteenth series, they have been known to transport specific goods which would be better suited for closed trucks; some of these goods include fruits and vegetables, books, cocoa powder, sugar, presents and raw fish. Since the seventeenth series, goods such as fish have been carried in closed crates.
These are the most common type of Troublesome Trucks and are therefore cheeky and troublesome.
7-plank trucks have been seen in many liveries such as dark grey, dark green, or brown with black frames, although in recent years, they have also been seen in red, green, blue, pink and many other liveries. Privately-owned trucks typically have their own specific livery.
- A model of a 7-plank truck made for the seventh series of the television series is now owned by Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.
- In the CGI series, they became slightly bigger
- Meccano (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (discontinued)
- Take-n-Play (discontinued)
- Collectible Railway
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued outside Asia)
- Interactive Learning Railway (discontinued)
- Choro-Q (discontinued)
- My First Thomas (Red, Yellow and Blue variants)
- Lionel Trains
- LEGO (discontinued)
- Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
6-plank trucks are a bit smaller than 7-plank trucks. They are often used for mining. The Sodor China Clay Company own some. One appeared in the third series. In Heroes it was seen with a face. A Midland truck appeared in the first series then reappeared in the Sixth series episode Salty's Secret.
One was seen amongst the Troublesome Trucks, these trucks are therefore cheeky and troublesome.
These trucks are based on the 6-plank open wagon.
The colour of the trucks may vary. Some are painted plain grey, while some orange or red. One has the letters 'NE' written in white and another has "LMS" written in white.
- The Midland truck has been released in the Tomy Motor Road and Rail and Bachmann lines, in the former it is represented by a 7-plank Troublesome Truck.
- Wooden Railway (with the Ballast Spreader and China Clay Trucks, discontinued)
- Thomas Engine Collection Series (The Circus Train, discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (incorrectly depicted as a 7 plank)
Often when mining for coal or rocks, 5-plank trucks are used. Their size makes them ideal to fit into low tunnels or mines. The Anopha Quarry owns some.
The trucks seen in The Railway Series are based on the 5-plank open wagon. The trucks seen in the television series are based on GWR Open C and GW/BR Tube wagons.
These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey in the Railway Series. Some that are owned have the owner's initials written on in white.
In the television series, these trucks are painted red with black frames.
These 4-plank trucks only appeared in the second series episode, Percy's Predicament. After being pushed by the Troublesome Trucks, Percy crashes into a brake van, destroying it and perching himself on top of the remains of a 4-plank truck.
Despite being faceless, the one Percy lands on is said to "groan" implying sentience.
The trucks are scratch-built and utilize a regular Tenmille chassis and frame.
These trucks are painted dark grey with black frames.
1-plank trucks are a type of truck that appeared from Series 11 to the CGI Series.
The 1-plank trucks were brown during the Model Series, whereas in the CGI series they are painted teal, red and black.
List of Container variants
The 1-plank trucks have also carried Containers in the shape of Boxvans.
- An alternative name for the 1-Plank is a conflat, a shortening of "Container Flat" as it carried containers around whilst also doing regular flatbed type duties.
Short Wheelbase Plank Trucks
In the TV series these are derived from Tenmile's NG (16mm scale) short wheelbase open wagon kit. The kit is described as "a freelance design but typical of NG railway practice".
They are often depicted as Troublesome Trucks.
These small wagons were regauged from a freelance narrow gauge design.
These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey.
- In the second series episode, Percy's Predicament, one truck had the Spiteful Brake Van's angry face mask on.
- One of these trucks had raised buffers to match the engines and other rolling stock.
Henry's Lucky Trucks
One icy winter, Henry was the only engine to make his deliveries on time. Thomas attributes this to the big green engine having lucky trucks. However, one day Edward took them and when Henry finally caught up with him, he ran into the trucks, destroying them. Henry realised that his trucks were not lucky after all.
These trucks were painted black.