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Tom Tipper, the postman, has a Post Van, which he uses to collect and deliver mail. The van was once taken away and replaced with a bike while Tom was ill, as the postmaster saw it as too old and expensive. However, when Percy accidentally ran the bike over, destroying it beyond repair, Tom received a new van after the postmaster decided that it was worth the expense after all.

Technical Details


In The Railway Series, the Post Van is based on a Morris 12/4 CWT Y Van, built in 1943.

In the television series, the Post Van is based on a Morris Commercial J-type van, built between 1949 and 1961. Approximately one-eighth of J-type vans built were bought by the General Post Office, which used them for mail collection and deliveries in country areas all over the United Kingdom. The Sodor Bakery van and the T. Drysdale Signwriter van are also based on these vans.


The Post Van is painted red with a light grey rooftop. In The Railway Series, it has the Royal Mail logo on its sides, whereas in the television series, it has the Sodor Mail logo. Before its restoration, its hubcaps were painted black, but have now been repainted red.

In the video game, Railway Adventures, the Post Van's rooftop is painted red.


Audio Files


First used Last used Sound Effect
Mind that Bike Mind that Bike


  • The Post Van's model had a cast made for the Sodor Bakery van, and began sharing its chassis with the latter.
  • The Post Van's model is currently on display at Drayton Manor.
  • Despite the fact it is faceless and apparently non-sentient, the Post Van was given a nameboard. It is also the only faceless vehicle to have one.
  • The Post Van's CGI model was originally made under Nitrogen Studios, however the model went unused until the twenty-fourth series.
  • In some shots from Mind that Bike, the van has silver rims on its wheels, for most of the episode the hubcaps are entirely red, then in the fifth series one of the front hub caps was silver with red trimmings.



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Non-rail vehicles

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