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For other uses, see Trucks (disambiguation).

The Troublesome Goods Trucks (called the "Foolish Freight Cars" in the US narration) are nicknamed so because they can be very troublesome and love to play tricks on the engines.

Open Wagons

The Open Wagons, also known as the Plank Wagons, are the most common type of troublesome trucks. They can be seen working in most places on the North Western Railway. The open wagons carry a variety of loads, which include crates, stone, slate and coal.

There are also narrow gauge open wagon counterparts on the Skarloey Railway and Mid Sodor Railway.


The open wagons are based on 5 and 7-plank trucks. The smaller trucks are based on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway open wagon, scaled up accordingly. The slate trucks are based on the 2-bar wooden slate wagons of the Talyllyn Railway, scaled up accordingly.


In The Railway Series and the early television series, the plank trucks were painted in a number of different liveries. Currently in the television series, they are predominantly painted grey. In Big World! Big Adventures!, some of the plank trucks in Brazil were painted purple-red. In the twenty-second season, some plank trucks in China are painted black with red buffer beams.

Type of Open Wagons (standard gauge)

Type of Open Wagons (narrow gauge)


For further information, see main article: Vans

The Vans carry goods and freight on the North Western Railway. There are several types of anthropomorphic vans featured throughout the Railway Series and television series.


In the early television series, the vans were painted primarily in grey or brown. Currently, they are predominantly painted grey. In Big World! Big Adventures!, some of the vans in Africa were painted green and dark grey. In the twenty-second season, Lei, a van in China, is painted pink with red buffer beams.

Type of Vans


For further information, see main article: Tankers

The Tankers are used to carry a variety of liquids. Most of the tankers in The Railway Series and television series do not have faces. The only types to be seen with faces are the standard tankers, tar tankers, milk tankers, a fuel tanker and oil tankers.


The Oil Tankers and Tar Tankers are painted black, with their respective symbols on their sides. The Standard Tankers are painted black with blank sides and the Fuel Tanker from The Railway Series is painted yellow. In Big World! Big Adventures!, some tankers in Africa were painted dark purple.

Type of Tankers

Brake Vans

For further information, see main article: Brake Vans

Brake Vans are railway carriages from which the train's brakes can be controlled by the guard.

To date, only one troublesome brake van briefly appeared in the second season episode, A Close Shave. Another troublesome brake van appeared in the book, James the Red Engine and the Troublesome Trucks.


The brake van that appeared in the television series is based on a BR Standard 20 Ton van. The other brake van is an NER 20 Ton brake van.


Brake vans are commonly painted grey.

Type of Brake Vans


Every wise engine knows trucks cannot be trusted. Trucks could be considered the rebels and the troublemakers of all rolling stock on the railway, as most of them love to cause mischief and trouble and show no remorse for whatever they do unless they are told off by their engine. If an engine is having a bad day, makes a mistake, or is easily played upon, the trucks begin their wild antics of singing, name calling, holding back, shoving, bumping, giggling and so on. They will play tricks on an engine based on how they treat them. They are known to be the cause of many accidents and some of them are a form of revenge due to mistreatment and they are not known for their common sense; they will carry out their plans to pay back an engine even if they result in derailing, damaging or destroying themselves.

Trucks can also be described as territorial; when they get used to certain engines pulling them, another engine in the yard to take them may cause confusion or anger for the trucks. In the second season episode, Percy's Predicament for example, Toby and Percy switched jobs, making Toby's trucks furious and causing Percy to crash. In the third season episode, Oliver Owns Up, the trucks refused for Oliver to take them and demanded Duck, Donald or Douglas instead.

To the trucks, one engine is as good as another, as on one occasion they took their anger out on Thomas when they could not get back at James for bumping them.

Trucks are also shown to be somewhat manipulative and can take advantage of other engines that do not know much about them. This was shown when they tricked Bill and Ben by telling them where to put them when they said they wanted to help, only to end up causing delays when the trucks ended up all over the sidings in messy situations, making the twins late to fetch Gordon's coaches.

The only engines the trucks are known not to play tricks on are Edward, Stepney, Salty and Hiro. These engines have their ways of necessary sternness and knowledge of how to properly discipline them when they misbehave and only bump them when they deserve it. Salty's way of handling trucks is singing musical tunes for them to sing along, so as to keep their minds off of misbehaving. They are also afraid of Donald and Douglas after Douglas crushed the Spiteful Brake Van to pieces and Oliver since he pulled a privately owned truck called S.C. Ruffey apart. Although they were all accidents, the trucks were never told that and since these incidents, they always keep in mind never to play tricks on those engines.

There have, however, been some cases where the trucks and engines are on the same side, such as when Diesel was given a third chance on Sodor, but the trucks tricked him into misbehaving and getting sent away again. They also asked Percy to help move them from an ill-mannered and obnoxious barge named Bulstrodeonly to end up in his hull and damage him, resulting in him being sent to a beach.

During the thirteenth and sixteenth seasons, they behaved unusually well but were easily annoyed. From King of the Railway onwards, they have regained their old personalities, misbehaving and causing accidents.

In Big World! Big Adventures!, some trucks in other countries were shown to act very differently than the ones on Sodor, some being very polite and even trying to help the engines instead of causing trouble.


  • Trucks are usually never named; however, those that are privately owned tend to take on the name of their owner, like S.C. Ruffey, Fred Pelhay and Old Bennett. Hector and Lei are exceptions to this, being the only trucks with their own names. The ERTL character cards named two trucks, Naughty and Troublesome. The Wooden Railway range introduced a teal truck called Rickety.
  • From the sixth season onwards in the US, the term "truck" is used more often. In more recent seasons, however, the US has been more consistent in using the term "car", unless referring to the Troublesome Trucks.
  • The audio clip of the trucks laughing heard from the second through seventh seasons is actually Junior Campbell's laughing sound in a higher-pitch, as is the clip of the trucks singing their song, "Pop Goes the Diesel".
  • In the first season, the Troublesome Trucks had paper eyes and a paper mouth similar to how Annie and Clarabel's were made. This however, disabled the trucks from having multiple emotions until the second season.
  • The Troublesome Trucks went through several aesthetic changes in the television series:
    • Season 2:
      • The Trucks gained face masks to allow a greater variety of facial expressions. Some first season trucks do still appear in the second season however.
    • Season 12:
      • The Trucks have the same face design.
    • Season 13:
      • The open topped wagons became taller.
    • Season 17:
      • All trucks are now grey.
      • The trucks now have identical faces with no distinguishing features, just as they did in the twelfth season.
    • Season 20:
      • The Goods Vans regain their faces.
    • Journey Beyond Sodor:
      • The tankers and salt vans regain their faces.
    • Big World! Big Adventures!:
      • Several trucks in other countries are seen with different liveries and facial features.
  • Some face masks of S.C. Ruffey, Toad, Bulstrode and The Spiteful Brake Van have been seen on the trucks.
  • In the second season episode, A Close Shave, a brake van is seen with a troublesome trucks face.
  • From the first season to the fifth season, the wagons and Troublesome Trucks used in the television series were made out of vaccuformed plastic Tenmille gauge 1 kits.
  • The Capsule Plarail toys are repainted from JNR Tora55000-type's toys.


Thomas & Friends


Learning Segments:

Voice Actors

  • Mike O'Donnell (second - seventh seasons; laughing voices)
  • Junior Campbell (second - seventh seasons; laughing and singing voices)
  • Neil Crone/Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad; cut from final film)
  • Ben Small (UK/US; sixteenth - eighteenth seasons)
  • Christopher Ragland (UK/US; The Adventure Begins onwards)
  • Rob Rackstraw, William Hope and Lucy Montgomery (UK/US; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Kerry Shale (UK/US; Journey Beyond Sodor onwards)
  • Rasmus Hardiker (UK/US; The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor)
  • Abubakar Salim, Richie Campbell, Akiya Henry and Chipo Chung (UK/US; Big World! Big Adventures!)
  • Elvis Who (UK/US; Singing voice Big World! Big Adventures!)
  • Bernard Demory (France and French speaking Canada; sixth season onwards; excluding the eighth - twelfth seasons)
  • Michel Lasorne (France and French speaking Canada; eighth - twelfth seasons)
  • Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; Edward and Gordon, Thomas and the Trucks, Thomas and the Breakdown Train, Troublesome Trucks, Percy Runs Away, The Flying Kipper, Dirty Objects, Thomas, Percy and the Coal, Percy Takes the Plunge, A Close Shave, Break Van, Percy's Predicament, Toad Stands By, The World's Strongest Engine, and The Spotless Record)
  • Kōzō Shioya (Japan; Edward and Gordon, Thomas and the Trucks, Thomas and the Breakdown Train, Troublesome Trucks, Dirty Objects, Percy's Predicament, and Gordon and the Famous Visitor)
  • Kōhei Miyauchi (Japan; Percy and Harold)
  • Yasuhiro Takato (Japan; Pop Goes the Diesel, Dirty Work, Gordon and the Famous Visitor, Diesel Does it Again, Toad Stands By, Oliver's Find, and The World's Strongest Engine)
  • Ryō Horikawa (Japan; Pop Goes the Diesel, Dirty Work, and Emily's New Route)
  • Yūki Satō (Japan; Trust Thomas, Mavis, Toby's Tightrope, Special Attraction, Put Upon Percy, A Surprise for Percy, Busy Going Backwards, The World's Strongest Engine, Percy's Chocolate Crunch, Buffer Bother, Edward the Very Useful Engine, and Emily's New Route)
  • Toshio Kobayashi (Japan; Trust Thomas, Mavis, Toby's Tightrope, Oliver Owns Up, Toad Stands By, Harvey to the Rescue, and Percy's Chocolate Crunch)
  • Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japan; Oliver Owns Up, Oliver's Find and A Surprise for Percy)
  • Katsuji Mori (Japan; Heroes)
  • Naoki Tatsuta (Japan; Toad Stands By, Special Attraction, The World's Strongest Engine, Something Fishy, James Gets a New Coat, Emily's New Route, and Fish)
  • Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan; Toad Stands By)
  • Yasunori Masutani (Japan; Special Attraction)
  • Hisao Egawa (Japan; Haunted Henry, A Surprise for Percy, Salty's Secret, Harvey to the Rescue, Buffer Bother, Edward the Very Useful Engine, The Spotless Record, James Gets a New Coat, Emily's New Route and Fish)
  • Tetsu Inada (Japan; James and the Trouble with Trees)
  • Tomohisa Asō (Japan; Put Upon Percy and Edward the Very Useful Engine)
  • Naoki Kinoshita (Japan; Put Upon Percy)
  • Moriya Endo (Japan; Haunted Henry and Oliver's Find)
  • Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japan; A Surprise for Percy)
  • Hideo Ishikawa (Japan; Busy Going Backwards)
  • Hiromi Nishida (Japan; Percy's Chocolate Crunch)
  • Keiji Hirai (Japan; Edward the Very Useful Engine)
  • Nobuaki Kanemitsu (Japan; Emily Knows Best, Saving Edward, Hector the Horrid!, James Works it Out, Percy and the Bandstand, Ho Ho Snowman, King of the Railway, No More Mr. Nice Engine, The Smelly Kipper, Tale of the Brave, Missing Gator, Who's Geoffrey?, Salty All At Sea, Henry Gets the Express, Diesel and the Ducklings, Bradford the Brake Van and Daisy's Perfect Christmas)
  • Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan; Emily Knows Best, No More Mr. Nice Engine, Missing Gator and The Other Side of the Mountain)
  • Noriko Shitaya (Japan; Hector the Horrid! and The Smelly Kipper)
  • Chie Kōjiro (Japan; No More Mr. Nice Engine)
  • Kunihiro Kawamoto (Japan; Thomas Toots the Crows, Thomas the Quarry Engine, Missing Gator, Salty All at Sea, Den and Dart, The Other Side of the Mountain and Philip's Number)
  • Yuta Odagaki (Japan; Missing Gator and Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Takuya Iwabata (Japan; Missing Gator)
  • Takayuki Kawasugi (Japan; Den and Dart, The Other Side of the Mountain, Henry Gets the Express, Diesel and the Ducklings, Bradford the Brake Van, Philip's Number, The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor and Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Kōtarō Nishiyama (Japan; Den and Dart)
  • Hinata Tadokoro (Japan; The Adventure Begins)
  • Masanori Nakai (Japan; The Adventure Begins)
  • Anju Nitta (Japan; The Adventure Begins)
  • Kenta Miyake (Japan; The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor)
  • Tomohiro Tsuboi (Japan; The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor and Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Erina Yamazaki (Japan; The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor and Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Misa Ishii (Japan; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Kazuyoshi Hosoya (Japan; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Marta Dylewska (Poland)
  • Johannes Semm (Germany)
  • Marcus Just (Germany)
  • Andreas Birnbaum (Germany)
  • Liza Ohm (Germany)
  • Sarah MacDonald Berge/Marianne Westby (Norway; King of the Railway only)
  • Øyvind Borgemoen Lyse (Norway; seventeenth season only)
  • Espen Sandvik (Norway; Tale of the Brave)
  • Caspar Phillipson (Denmark)
  • Bruno Mello/Caio Guarnieri (Brazil; eighteenth season onwards)
  • Kari Tamminen (Finland; Toad Stands By; singing voices)
  • Juha Paananen (Finland; King of the Railway onwards)


See also

* RWS only | ** T&F only

* RWS only | ** T&F only