There are many types of express coaches used for express trains on the Main Line of the North Western Railway and other railways.

Green Express Coaches

The green coaches have appeared since the first season and are primarily used for the express. These coaches are commonly pulled by HenryGordonRebecca and Richard. Between the thirteenth and sixteenth seasons, the coaches seemed to be exclusive to Gordon as he was the only engine ever seen pulling them. Since the seventeenth season, however, other engines have occasionally been seen pulling them again. In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, the coaches were involved in an accident when Thomas thundered out of Knapford with the coaches after criticising Gordon for being lazy for not getting his own coaches.

In the first and second seasons, the express coaches had the ability to talk, despite not having visible faces.

Basis

The models of the coaches were based upon SR Maunsell coaches. They have broad windows on one side and narrow windows on the other. Since the CGI Series, the coach designs had been altered to be much taller and thinner compared to the previous ones.

Livery

The coaches are painted dark green with cream window surrounds. In the second season, the window surrounds were repainted white, but was changed back to cream again in the third season, with a yellow stripe running down the sides since the sixth season.

Voice Actors

  • Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; Thomas' Train)
  • Kōzō Shioya (Japan; James and the Coaches)
  • Yasunori Masutani (Japan; Whistles and Sneezes)
  • Toshio Kobayashi (Japan; Cows)
  • Yasuhiro Takato (Japan; Bertie's Chase)

Merchandise

Red Express Coaches

The red express coaches did not appear until the second season and are generally used for other fast trains, but occasionally used for the express..

These coaches are commonly pulled by Henry and Richard. Gordon pulled them in the fourth season when he met Sir Handel and in the fifth season when he went to go test the new station. They vanished after the twelfth season but returned in the twentieth season. In The Railway Series these coaches were part of the "Wild Nor' Wester".

Some red express coaches belong to British Railways and are pulled by Flying Scotsman.

Basis

In the Railway Series, the coaches were based on the BR MK1 coach. In the television series the models of the coaches were based on the SR Maunsell coaches. Since the CGI series, the coach designs had been altered to be much taller and thinner compared to the previous ones.

Livery

Between the second and fourth seasons, the coaches were painted dark red with white window surrounds. From the fifth season onwards, the window surrounds were repainted cream with a yellow stripe running down the sides.

Merchandise

  • Ertl Company (discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (discontinued)
  • Motor Road and Rail (Asia only)
  • Thomas Engine Collection Series (with sound effects; discontinued)
  • Departing Now
  • Tomica
  • Capsule Plarail
  • Pocket Fantasy (discontinued)
  • Tomix
  • De Agostini (discontinued)
  • Bachmann (discontinued)
  • Hornby
  • Nakayoshi (discontinued)
  • Boss (with James; discontinued)
  • Choro-Q (with James)
  • LEGO (discontinued)

Special Express Coaches

The special coaches were used for carrying and transporting special visitors across the Island of Sodor. Gordon once used the coaches to carry Dowager Hatt to Wellsworth. James has also used the coaches several times and once used them to take Mrs. Kyndley to the funfair at Tidmouth Bay. Later on, James used the coaches to transport the Mayor.

The coaches were later pulled by Spencer for private usage of the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. In The Railway Series, these coaches were part of the "Wild Nor' Wester".

Basis

In The Railway Series, they were based on BR MK1 coaches, while in the television series, they appear to be based upon MK1 Suburban carriages without corridors.

Appearances

Railway Series

  • Enterprising Engines - Little Western

Thomas & Friends

Livery

The coaches were painted maroon with silver buffers, grey roofs and red lining, bufferbeams and couplings.

Merchandise

  • ERTL (discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (discontinued)
  • Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
  • TrackMaster (discontinued)
  • Bachmann
  • Hornby (discontinued)
  • My First Thomas (discontinued)
  • Capsule Plarail

Railway Series-only Coaches

Express coaches form the fast and important passenger trains and are normally pulled by Gordon, James or Henry. Several of these coaches form the express, known as the "Wild Nor' Wester" - usually pulled by Gordon, although Henry, James and Bear take the train when Gordon is busy - other coaches form the "Limited", which was pulled by Bear in Enterprising Engines.

The Diesel was supposed to pull the express in Bowled Out, but he broke down, so Duck and Stepney pulled it instead. In the late 1950s, Gordon would stop at Barrow-in-Furness with the express and an engine from the Other Railway would take the train on to London.

Basis

The orange coaches appear to be based on the LMS Peroid 1 Corridor Coaches, whilst the blue coaches were based on BR MK1 coaches and the brown coaches appear similar to the Midland Railway Suburban Coaches.

Livery

The coaches were primarily painted yellow-orange until around 1984, when they were repainted brown with a yellow stripe. There were also some blue and white coaches.

Merchandise

Orange Coaches
  • Capsule Plarail
  • Tomica
Blue / Brown Coaches
  • Motor Road and Rail (blue coach with OT-03, brown coach with OT-05; Asia only)
  • Capsule Plarail
  • Tomica

Thomas' Special Coach

After arriving at Tidmouth with the express, Gordon shunts a coach from the train into a siding for passengers wanting to travel to destinations on Thomas' Branch Line. Thomas, Annie and Clarabel then come from Knapford Junction to collect it.

One time, Douglas accidentally forgot to shunt this coach for Thomas. Instead he shunted the coach, full of passengers, into the carriage siding causing a heap of confusion and delay for the passengers.

Basis

In the Railway Series, Thomas' Special Coach is based off of a BR MK1 brake coach. In the Television Series, it was going to be based off of an LB&SCR Stroudley four-wheeled 3rd class composite coach.

Livery

In the Railway Series, Thomas' special coach is painted burgundy red with cream coloured window surrounds. In the television series, it was going to be identical to the Orange Coaches.

Appearances

Railway Series

Thomas & Friends

Merchindise

  • Donald and Douglas

The Royal Train

The Royal Train was the train that transported Queen Elizabeth II in Paint Pots and Queens. Henry was supposed to pull it, but after an accident with some paint cans, Gordon was given the job instead. In both The Railway Series and the television series, it was made up of blood and custard express coaches with whitewall wheels and white buffers.

Another Royal Carriage appeared in the magazine story, The Royal Carriage. This carriage is painted brown with red flags and a crown on its roof. Inside it has some comfortable chairs and a royal blue carpet. It is on display at the Sodor Museum.

Trivia

  • The coach in the magazine somewhat has Henrietta's shape.

The Dining Coach

The Dining Coach, also known as The Buffet Car, is often added to the express so that people can have something to eat and drink on their journey. It has a bar, serving area, pantry and tables.

Livery

In the television series, the coach is painted green with custard-yellow window surrounds and it looks identical to the green express coaches externally. Henry once shunted this coach hard enough to make its contents fly everywhere. In the magazines, the Buffet Car is painted yellow-orange and has yellow stripes.

Gordon's Special Coaches

For breaking his speed-record again, Gordon was rewarded with a new set of special coaches. Emily was to collect them and deliver them to the ceremony, but Diesel stole the coaches and hid them in a siding. Diesel gave them back after he told Emily that he too had set a record.

Basis

Gordon's special coaches are based on Southern Railway Maunsell standard non-corridor carriages.

Livery

Gordon's special coaches are painted in a dark blue coat of paint, with a gold-brown stripe of paint underneath the windows.

Appearance

Gordon's special coaches only appeared in the tenth season episode, Emily and the Special Coaches.

The German Express Coach

German express coach with a face appeared in the Great Race Friends Near and Far online video series.

It appeared at the last station in Germany that Frieda and Ivan arrived to after competing in the Great Railway Show.

Appearances

  • 2017 - Frieda The Grumpiest Engine (cameo)


The Chinese Coaches

The Chinese coaches were used for carrying and transporting passengers, and special visitors across China. The coaches were seen in Big World! Big Adventures! pulled by Yong Bao.

Livery

They are painted red with yellow stripes on the side and yellow lining around the windows.

Other Coaches

Four grey coaches with an orange stripe appeared in Thomas and the Big, Big Bridge.

A white express coach with orange lining was seen in the 2006 magazine story, Splendid Sight.

Another version of these coaches appeared in India during Season 22. They are yellow with green windows, with dark green stripes bordering said windows. They have yellow buffer beams and black buffers and appeared with some Branch Line Coaches in similar colours. Another Indian version of the express coaches appeared, painted similarly to Noor Jehan.

White Indian Express Coaches


Trivia

  • In the magazine story, Airship, Gordon's express carriages are once referred to as "Pullman Coaches".
  • Some of the express coaches' television series models are currently on display; three red ones and two green ones at Drayton Manor Theme Park and two red ones at the Hara Model Railway Museum in Japan. One green express coach model (made in the sixth season) is now in possession of Twitter user TomJedski.
  • The wind-up toys are repainted from those representing Japanese National Railways coaches.
  • In the CGI series the Dining Coach is the only express coach with an aisle.
  • The green express coaches were the first Bachmann Thomas product to be reintroduced following discontinuation.

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Other Sebastian* | Peel Godred Engines* | Flynn** | Winston** | Stafford** | Franklin** | Bernadette** | Dustin** | Rover** | Officer Steele
Former Coffee Pots | Glynn** | Midas**
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Brake Vans Brake Vans | SpikeyToad | Lola | Bradford
Other The Breakdown Train | Rocky** | Judy and Jerome** | The Circus Train | The Funfair Train | The Flying Kipper | Bernard** | Pump Trolley** | The Photographer's Draisine**
Kevin** | Cranky** | Carly** | Big Mickey** | Reg**
Sir Topham Hatt (Stephen Hatt*) | Albert Regaby* | Kevin Volley* | Old Bailey** | Mr. Conductor** | Mr. Arkwright** | Mr. Perkins**
The Main Line (Loop Line) | Ffarquhar Branch Line | The Little Western | Brendam Branch Line | Kirk Ronan Branch Line | Peel Godred Branch Line | Norramby Branch Line | Toby's Branch Line** | Misty Valley Branch Line** | Killdane Branch Line** | The Loop Line** | Ulfstead Branch Line** | Harwick Branch Line** | Cregwir Branch Line**

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Rolling Stock Express Coaches | Branch Line Coaches | Basil, Rose and Harry
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Brendam Branch Line
Locomotives Steam Edward | Donald and Douglas | Adam** | Porter** | Corina** | Sally** | Albert
Diesel BoCo | Salty**
Rolling Stock Coaches Aurora, Ariel and AnnaFrancis, Beth and Tiffany* | Victoria and Helena* | Branch Line Coaches | Express Coaches
Trucks Quarry Trucks
Trevor | Big Mickey** | Cranky** | Carly** | Reg**
The Vicar of Wellsworth | The Mayor of Sodor** | The Dock Managers**
Sodor China Clay Company | Bill and Ben | Sodor Shipping Company**
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Duck | Donald and Douglas | Oliver | Tali | Neil | Zach
Alice and Mirabel* | Isabel and Dulcie* | Branch Line Coaches** | Express Coaches** | Slip Coaches** | Spikey | Toad | Lola | S.C. Ruffey | Fred Pelhay* | Quarry Trucks* | Judy and Jerome**
Bulgy | Bulgy's Friend | Algy*** | Skiff**
Captain Joe**
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NG Talyllyn* | Dolgoch* | Douglas* | Prince* | River Irt | River Mite | Northern Rock
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Elizabeth II | The Thin Clergyman | The Fat Clergyman | The Duke and Duchess of Boxford**
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Talyllyn Railway | Ffestiniog Railway | Snowdon Mountain Railway | Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway | Bluebell Railway | Dean Forest Railway | Toby's Old Tramway

Arlesburgh Branch Line


Locomotives Duck | Donald and Douglas | Oliver | William
Rolling Stock Alice and Mirabel | Isabel and Dulcie | Branch Line Coaches | Express Coaches | Lola | Spikey | Toad | S.C. Ruffey* | Fred Pelhay* | Ballast Trucks*
Vehicles Algy | Bulgy's Friend | Skiff
People Captain Joe
Locations Tidmouth (Beach, Tunnel, Beach Village**, Harbour, Hault**, Hault Sheds**, Town Square**, Town Square Library**) | Dilly's Pond | Haultraugh (Bulgy's Bridge, Bulgy's Field) | Bluff's Cove** | Arlesburgh (West, Engine Sheds*, Harbour**, Maritime Museum**)
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