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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".

Personalities

They are often depicted as Troublesome Trucks.

Types of sentient trucks in the television series

Technical Details

Basis

These small wagons were regauged from a freelance narrow gauge design.

Types of truck design

Technical Details

Livery

These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey.

Appearances

Trivia

LNER Tube Wagons


LNER tube wagons 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.

Personalities

Sentient trucks fall under the category of Troublesome Trucks.

Technical Details

Basis

These trucks were made by Milbro, who modelled them on LNER 20-ton tube wagons. Only one model of this type of wagon was acquired and used for production of the first series, this being slightly modified by the modelling crew.

Upon closer inspection, this one truck appears to be based on a North British Railway Diagram 43/LNER Diag 77B, 10-tons, four-plank tube wagon. It was a scratch-built model, just like the "M" wagon.


Livery

These trucks are dark grey with the letters "NE", with "TUBE WAGON" written in small letters above, and weight code "10 Tons" on the sides in white.



Appearances


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.

They only appeared in the eleventh series episode, Henry's Lucky Day.

Technical Details

Basis

Henry's Lucky Trucks are based on 7-plank mineral wagons often found on the eastern and midland regions.

Livery

These trucks were painted black.


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