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 utilized for the transportation of stone and coal. Due to their ubiquitous nature on the railway, they have been employed for carrying a variety of other materials, such as wood, sand, china clay, bricks and even debris after large storms.
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 season of the television series is now in possession of Twitter user ThomasTankMerch.
- Meccano (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued outside Asia)
- Interactive Learning Railway (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 season. In Heroes it was seen with a face. A Midland truck appeared in the First season then reappeared in the Sixth season episode Salty's Secret.
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.
- Wooden Railway (with the Ballast Spreader and China Clay Trucks, discontinued)
- Thomas Engine Collection Series (The Circus Train, discontinued)
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. One has the letters 'NE' written in white. Some that are owned have the owner's initials written on in white.
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Long Trucks
There are many Lynton and Barnstaple Railway long trucks used around the North Western Railway. They are used to carry long objects, such as logs and pipes and have removable sides used to discharge contents.
The trucks are based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's bogie goods wagons, scaled up accordingly.
In the Model Series, the trucks were painted red. In the CGI Series, they are painted brown.
- TrackMaster (blue, green, orange, and Christmas themed)
- Lionel Trains (labelled as Troublesome Trucks)
These 4-plank trucks only appeared in the second season 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.
The trucks are scratch-built and utilize a regular Tenmille chassis and frame.
These trucks are painted dark grey with black frames.
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Short Trucks
The North Western Railway owns some Lynton and Barnstaple Railway short trucks. They are normally used at the quarry for carrying stone or China clay. Some have been used to carry scrap to Wellsworth Scrap Yard.
The trucks are based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway's 4-wheel wagons, scaled up accordingly.
The trucks are painted brown or grey.
- Season 2 - Saved from Scrap, Percy Takes the Plunge, Pop Goes the Diesel and The Diseasel
- Season 3 - Mavis and Toby's Tightrope, Oliver Owns Up (deleted scene)
- Season 6 - Salty's Secret
- One of the truck's models was used in a few episodes from Thomas & Friends' sister show, Tugs, particuarly being pulled by the locomotive character Puffa.
- Motor Road and Rail (several versions)
- Capsule Plarail (several versions)
- TrackMaster (several versions)
- Bachmann (several versions)
Short Wheelbase Plank Trucks
In the show these derived from Tenmile's short wheelbase open wagon kit.
These small wagons were regauged from a freelance narrow gauge design.
These trucks have mostly been painted black, brown or grey.
- In the second season 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.