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Tankers (also known as tank cars in the US) are round wagons designed for carrying liquid.

Standard Tankers

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Standard Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Standard tankers are painted white, black, grey and brown. They are used for carrying any type of liquid, instead of a specific type.

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Merchandise

Fuel Tankers

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Fuel Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Fuel tankers (also known as petrol tankers) are painted yellow with pictures of fire in red diamonds and "SODOR FUEL" in black on both sides. They are used for carrying fuel and petrol. In the thirteenth season, the words "Sodor Fuel" were replaced with an image of a red gas can on both sides. The utmost care must be taken with these in case of fire, as James once found out when his tankers caught fire.

Some in the Railway Series have carried logos from companies such as BP and Shell.

Trivia

  • Fuel has also been transported in black and yellow tankers without any labels.
  • The title "Sodor Fuel" is an in-joke. Apparently it was supposed to sound like "Sod off, you all".
  • A fuel tanker's model used to be on display at Nitrogen Studios.
  • The only time a fuel tanker was seen with a face was in the Railway Series book, The Eight Famous Engines.

Merchandise

Tar Tankers

"I heard tell aboot an engine and some tar wagons".
"Shut up! It's not funny!
"
Douglas and James, Break Van

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Tar Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Tar tankers are painted black with "TAR" written on the sides in white. They are used for carrying. James once crashed into some after losing control of his trucks.

Trivia

  • Eight tar tanker models are on display at Drayton Manor.
  • The only time tar tankers were seen with faces was in the fourth season episode, Toad Stands By.
  • In the first and second seasons, due to budget limitations the tar tankers were painted half black and half white, the white side being used as the milk tankers.

Merchandise

Oil Tankers

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Oil Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Oil tankers are painted black with "OIL" in white on the sides. There are also a number of older, dirtier oil tankers that can be seen around Sodor.

In the CGI Series, the tankers have also been used for carrying diesel fuel instead of oil. Also, the words "OIL" have been replaced with an image of an oil rig with oil coming out of it on a golden circle.

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Merchandise

Milk Tankers

This article is about the milk tankers. You may be looking for the milk van, the milk float or the magazine story.

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Milk Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels (6 wheels in the RWS)

Milk tankers are painted white with "TIDMOUTH MILK" in blue on the sides. They are used to carry milk from local farms to the dairy at Elsbridge. Toby collects one from the dairy each morning on his way to Anopha with the quarrymen and leaves it at Ffarquhar to be loaded. After being loaded, the van is coupled behind Clarabel and taken to the dairy on Thomas' first train. While Thomas was away having his front mended, a diesel railcar named Daisy was brought to do his work. Daisy, who was then a lazy sort, did mind and refused to pull the tanker. To their annoyance Toby and Percy had to make special trips to deliver the milk. However, now that Daisy has learnt sense, she sometimes takes the milk instead of Thomas.

From Misty Island Rescue onwards, the words "TIDMOUTH MILK" have been replaced by a logo of a cow in a blue circle.

Trivia

  • Three milk tanker models are currently on display at Drayton Manor.
  • In the first and second seasons, due to budget limitations the milk tankers were painted half white and half black, the black side being used as the tar tankers.
  • In the Railway Series, milk tankers have six wheels, are painted yellow and do not have any writing.
  • Milk tankers are lined with glass on the inside.

Merchandise

Raspberry Syrup Tankers

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Raspberry Syrup Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Raspberry syrup tankers are painted dark red with raspberries pictured on the sides. A model is currently on display at Drayton Manor. One only appeared in the eighth season episode, Too Hot for Thomas and the magazine story, Cheers for Thomas.

Trivia

  • Despite only appearing in the eighth season, Bachmann depicts their large scale and HO scale models of the tanker with a CGI-styled logo.

Merchandise


Cream Tankers

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Cream Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Cream tankers are painted cream with milk churns pictured on the sides. They first appeared in the eighth season episode, Too Hot for Thomas.

Trivia

  • A cream tanker's model is currently on display at Drayton Manor.

Merchandise


Water Tankers

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Water Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Water tankers are painted sky blue. They first appeared in the nineteenth season episode, Toad and the Whale.

Merchandise


Jam Tankers

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Jam Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Jam tankers (also known as jelly tankers in the US) are painted silver and grey. They are used for carrying jam. In the ninth season episode, Respect for Gordon, Gordon collided into them and jam went flying everywhere.


Toffee Tankers

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Toffee Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Toffee tankers (also known as taffy tankers in the US) are painted orange. One appeared in the tenth season episode "Sticky Toffee Thomas".

Thomas offered to deliver the toffee tanker to the best costume party for Toby, after he crashed into him, damaging Toby's axle.


Sugar Tankers

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Sugar Tankers
  • Configuration: 4 wheels

Sugar tankers are painted blue. They are used to carry sugar. One sugar tanker was once tipped over, spilling sugar over the tracks. They only appeared in the book, Dustin Comes in First.

Merchandise


Chocolate Tankers

Chocolate tankers are painted brown. They are used to carry chocolate drink and chocolate syrup . They only appeared in the toy, Plarail and TrackMaster.

Merchandise

Other Tankers

Several other tankers have been made in different forms of merchandising. These include ones that carry chocolate syrup, bubble liquid and marine life.

Merchandise

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS.C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU.L.P.N.C.B.VictoriaThomas' Other CoachesTroublesome TrucksThe Flying KipperThe Spiteful Brake VanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrainAnimal WagonsQuarry TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and Well WagonsMail CoachesUtility VansUtility TrucksThe Secondary Breakdown CraneThe Breakdown TrainBrake VansVansOld TendersPlank TrucksBranch Line CoachesTankersOpen-Topped Carriages
Old Slow CoachRockyHectorSlip CoachesJudy and JeromeGordon's Snow MachineThe Jet EngineThe Rock CrusherJames' TrucksThomas' TrucksToby's Museum CoachHenry's Lucky TrucksFlora's Tram CoachThe Photographer's DraisineThe CalliopeStephen's CoachesExpress CoachesOld CoachesThe Pump TrolleyThe Funfair TrainHoppersThe TravellerLadle TrucksMine Trolleys
The Elderly Brake VanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe Carriage CaféThe Animal Sanctuary CoachThe Naughty Pink TruckThe Posh CoachesAnnie and Clarabel's Old FriendCarols on WheelsThe Old Guard's VanThe Play CoachCircus CoachesThe Station CoachThe Grabber TruckAquarium Tank Wagons

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