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The London and North Western Railway Vans are rolling stock used for transporting goods and merchandise throughout various railways.

They are also simply known as vans or trucks in the UK narration or cars in the US narration.

Biography

Thomas & Friends

One of these vans was loaded with fruit and vegetables and James pulled the train for Market Day. When James' brakes failed, Percy had to push the train instead. Unfortunately, due to a points failure, Percy and the train were diverted into a siding. He then accidentally crushed the rear of the van and was covered in squashed fruit.

One of these vans (along with other Troublesome Trucks ) tricked Bill and Ben as to where to shunt them. As a result, the yard was in a terrible mess causing the twins to be late with their evening duties.

When Oliver fell into the turntable well, they were one of several trucks who teased him when he returned from the works. They stopped their teasing towards him, when he pulled S.C. Ruffey, their leader, apart.

A van which was a part of Henry's train once teased him for being scared. However, after some suspicious events happened at Hawin Lake, the trucks became spooked too. They charged forwards, crashed through the gates and hit a landslide. The trucks ran over the rubble and plunged into a ravine below.

Another van later encouraged Diesel to pull a line of 20 trucks, with their brakes on unbeknownst to Diesel. He pulled so hard that he broke loose a coupling and fell off the quay and onto a barge.

Some time afterwards, one of these vans was used to transport garden gnomes from the abandoned mine to Lower Tidmouth for the "Most Beautiful Station" competition. Percy bumped into the van and the gnomes fell out; this startled him.

One of these vans have often been used for the Flying Kipper and have been involved in many accidents and adventures whilst being a part of the train.

Stories From Sodor

Engine Friends

Like in the television series, one of these vans (along with other Troublesome Trucks ) tricked Bill and Ben as to where to shunt them. As a result, the yard was in a terrible mess causing the twins to be late with their evening duties[1].

When Oliver fell into the turntable well, they were one of several trucks who teased him when he returned from the works. They stopped their teasing towards him, when he pulled S.C. Ruffey, their leader, apart[2].

Another van later encouraged Diesel to pull a line of 20 trucks, with their brakes on unbeknownst to Diesel. He pulled so hard that he broke loose a coupling and fell off the quay and onto a barge[3].

Amazing Adventures

Like in the television series, a van which was a part of Henry's train once teased him for being scared. However, after some suspicious events happened at Hawin Lake, the trucks became spooked too. They charged forwards, crashed through the gates and hit a landslide. The trucks ran over the rubble and plunged into a ravine below[4].

Some time afterwards, one of these vans was used to transport garden gnomes from the abandoned mine to Lower Tidmouth for the "Most Beautiful Station" competition. Percy bumped into the van and the gnomes fell out; this startled him[5].

Personality

These trucks fit into the category of Troublesome Trucks.

Types of sentient vans in the television series:

Technical Details

Basis

Despite having "N.E." on their sides, these vans were based on LNWR 6 ton refrigerated vans.

Livery

These vans are painted black. They originally had "N.E." (North Eastern Railway) painted in light yellow on either side.

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