Plank trucks are open-topped wooden trucks used to transport goods and other things. Ones with faces may be Troublesome Trucks.
Short Wheelbase Plank Trucks
In the television series, these trucks are derived from Tenmille'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.
Types of sentient trucks in the television series
These small wagons were regauged from a freelance narrow gauge design.
Types of truck 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.
LNER Longfit Pipe Trucks
LNER pipe trucks are a type of open wagon used to transport pipes and other long loads and they have also been used to carry stone and maintenance supplies. These trucks appeared in the first and third series, one of which was used to carry equipment when Henry was too ill to take the early morning passenger train. A pipe truck with a face was seen in the third series episode Heroes, as well as an extended scene from the third series episode, Oliver Owns Up.
Sentient trucks fall under the category of Troublesome Trucks.
These trucks are based on LNER longfit pipe wagons.
These trucks are dark grey with the letters "NE" and weight code "12 Tons" on the sides in white.
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.
Henry's Lucky Trucks are based on 7-plank mineral wagons often found on the eastern and midland regions.
These trucks were painted black.