Red Coaches in the television series are used on branch line passenger trains.
They are usually pulled by Duck and Oliver on their branch line, by Edward on the his branch line, by Percy on Ffarquhar Branch Line and occasionally by Ryan on the Harwick Branch Line, but are also used by Henry and James on the Main Line. They were also pulled by Stepney on his branch line. Thomas also pulls these when Annie and Clarabel are being repaired, and when Percy had to take them during stormy weather. Toby pulled them in Thomas and the Magic Railroad and Journey Beyond Sodor. They are also seen in China with yellow stripes on the sides and stands for bikes.
These coaches are non-sentient, and Sir Topham Hatt describes them as "ordinary coaches".
Although, Dexter is the only known sentient brake coach of this design in the television series.
Dexter the Brake Coach:
The red coaches are based on LB&SCR 4-wheeled coaches built to a design by Stroudley between the early 1870s and late 80s. Several coaches of this type are preserved on the Bluebell Railway and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
The Orange Coaches share the same basis, however they have different roof top designs and styled-brake coaches.
In the television series, duckets on the brake coaches are beaded. This makes them similar to the Stroudley coaches that received modification work from 1911 onwards, as they were originally flush and fashioned from three sections of iron sheet.
The coaches also differ from their basis, the Stroudley coaches, with their oil lamp pots, as they have a round base instead of the square base ones that were used on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (L&SCR).
Types of classes in the Model Era:
A variety of different types of classes have appear in the television series. Each of these can be identified by the amount of windows and interiors.
Types of classes in the CGI Era:
The coaches are commonly painted dark red. They originally had white rooftops, but these were repainted dark grey following Season 8. The latter have also been seen in India.
White, yellow, orange, dark green, dark blue and black composite coaches with dark grey rooftops appeared in a CGI series-based "Lift and Load" game featured on The Official Website. Thomas has also been seen with dark green coaches in the Really Useful Around the World animated shorts.
A dark brown brake coach with cream lining and a white roof appeared in the episode Toby Feels Left Out and learning segment What Goes Where. A plain dark brown brake coach also appeared in Hero of the Rails and Season 13.
In China, the red coaches have yellow lines on their sides with light grey rooftops. Another type of red coaches appear in Yong Bao and the Tiger. In India, these coaches are yellow with white rooftops.They have green window surroundings with yellow patches and green lining on each side. Blue coaches with yellow have also been seen in India.
- The models of the coaches were made using Tenmille Gauge One LB&SCR Stroudley coach kits.
- Dexter is the only known red brake coach to have had a face.