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Plarail
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Years active:

  • 1959-
  • 1992- (Plarail Thomas range)

Plarail is a battery-operated system made by Takara Tomy. It was first made in 1959. In 1992, Thomas and Friends trains and accessories were made. Since Takara Tomy is a separate branch of the Tomy company, they still have the license to make Thomas themed products. The 20th and 25th anniversaries of the Plarail Thomas range have been celebrated in 2012 and 2017, respectively.

Engines and cars

Engines

Since 2012, the engines are currently in a blue and yellow packaging with Thomas in the corner and a CG illustration of the character from the TV series. They are numbered under "TS".

The following items are engines previously released that have since been replaced by items using the same number.

  • TS-01: Thomas with Annie and Clarabel (discontinued)
  • TS-04: Gordon with Green Express Coach (discontinued)
  • TS-05: James with Grey Troublesome Van and Tar Tanker (discontinued)
  • TS-06: Percy with Fuel Tanker and Grey Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • TS-12: Rosie with Green Trucks with Two Balloon Loads (discontinued)
  • TS-14: Stanley with Grey Well Wagon with Three Log Loads and Blue Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • TS-14: Harvey with Lime Works Unit Coach and Navy Flatbed (discontinued)
  • TS-15: Mavis with the Breakdown Train (discontinued)
  • TS-16: Dash with Green and Grey Log Flatbeds with Two Log Loads (discontinued)
  • TS-18: Victor with Grey Truck and Engine Parts Flatbed (discontinued)
  • TS-20: Luke with Red Truck with Two Blue Barrel Loads and Yellow Log Wagon (discontinued)


From 2003-2012, the engines were given a box with a picture of that character in the TV series, a basic blue and yellow color, and the Plarail Thomas logo on the right. When later engines were made, the packaging changed accordingly with the updated HiT Entertainment logo and the newly designed Thomas logo. Engines T-01 to T-06 got a new design and some had updated cars. Some engines also replaced other existing ones. They are numbered under "T".

  • T-01: Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
  • T-02: Edward with Grey Troublesome Truck and Grey Troublesome Van
  • T-03: Henry with Grey Troublesome Van and Grey Troublesome Truck
  • T-04: Gordon with Green Express Coach
  • T-05: James with Grey Troublesome Van and Tar Tanker
  • T-06: Percy with Fuel Tanker and Grey Troublesome Truck
  • T-07: Toby with Henrietta and Grey Troublesome Truck
  • T-08: Duck with S.C.Ruffey and Toad
  • T-09: Donald with Grey Troublesome Trucks
  • T-10: Oliver with Red Branch Line Coaches
  • T-11: Diesel with Milk and Fuel Tankers
  • T-12: BoCo with Grey Troublesome Truck and Tar Tanker
  • T-13: Ben with Grey Troublesome Trucks with Four White Rock Loads
  • T-14: Stepney with Grey Troublesome Truck and Grey Brake Van
  • T-14: Hiro with Brown Slate Truck with Two Blue Barrel Loads
  • T-15: Mavis with the Breakdown Train
  • T-16: Harvey with Green Works Unit Coach and Grey Flatbed
  • T-17: Salty with Black Troublesome Trucks with Two Tarpaulin Loads
  • T-18: Diesel 10 with Mustard Troublesome Trucks
  • T-19: Lady with Purple Troublesome Trucks
  • T-20: Splatter and Dodge with Lime Works Unit coach
  • T-21: Spencer with the Duke and Duchess' Private Coach
  • T-22: Murdoch with Grey Troublesome Truck
  • T-23: Arthur with with Grey Troublesome Truck with Two Fish Loads and Grey Troublesome Van
  • T-24: Thomas and the Jet Engine
  • T-25: Skarloey with Blue Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • T-26: Rusty with Red Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • T-26: Dash with Green and Grey Log Flatbeds with Two Log Loads
  • T-27: Dennis with Grey Trucks with Four Roof Tile Loads
  • T-28: Neville with Red Van
  • T-28: Percy and Rocky
  • T-29: Molly with Green Truck
  • T-30: Mighty Mac with Green Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • T-31: Rosie with Green Trucks with Two Balloon Loads
  • T-32: Duncan with Brown Narrow Gauge Slate Trucks with Four Slate Loads
  • T-33: Sir Handel with Red Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • T-34: Busy Bee James with Grey Flatbed
  • T-34: Stanley with with Grey Well Wagon with Three Log Loads and Blue Troublesome Truck
  • T-35: Freddie with Green Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • T-36: Emily with Grey Brake Van

From 1992-2002, the engines were sold in basic colored packaging with the original Thomas logo and a TV series picture of the character. There was no numbering system.

  • Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
  • Edward with Grey Troublesome Truck and Grey Troublesome Van
  • Henry with Grey Fish Van and Grey Well Wagon with Three Log Loads
  • Gordon with Green Express Coach
  • James with Brown Cattle Van and Black Caboose
  • Percy with Yellow Fuel Tanker and Brown Mail Van
  • Toby with Henrietta and Grey Troublesome Truck
  • Duck with S.C.Ruffey and Toad
  • Donald with Grey Troublesome Trucks
  • Oliver with Red Branch Line Coaches
  • Diesel with Milk and Fuel Tankers
  • BoCo with Grey Troublesome Truck and Tar Tanker
  • Ben with Grey Troublesome Trucks with Four White Rock Loads
  • Stepney with Grey Troublesome Truck and Grey Brake Van
  • Mavis with the Breakdown Train
  • Diesel 10 with Mustard Troublesome Trucks
  • Lady with Magenta Troublesome Trucks
  • Splatter and Dodge with Lime Works Unit Coach
  • Powerful Gordon

Individual Cars

Promotional Items

Talk 'n' Action Engines

Talking Engines

The Talking Engines first came out in 2004 and were discontinued in 2010.

In 2013, new Talking Engines were released with updated designs.

Vehicles

Originally, the non-rail vehicles were individually released without item numbers. However, when two of them were re-released in 2004, along with two new non-rail vehicles, they gained item numbers under "TC".

Packs

Wagons Packs

Thomas Town Exclusives

Destinations

Sets

The first set boxes often displayed a large illustration of the set with the title and information on the yellow side. The boxes later changed in 2003 with new logos and the side in blue, as well as the central picture being mainly of the set. In 2008, the boxes changed to a lighter blue and a different logo. In 2011, the boxes changed again with a CG picture of Thomas in the corner and the set's title written in a themed font.

Other Asian Market Sets

These sets were released in other parts of Asia. The information was written in English and the boxes are a light blue and yellow scheme.

Ringing Engines

Miscellaneous

Other items have been made which feature the Plarail Thomas range.

Trivia

  • In July 2011, the Plarail range was used to break a Guinness World Record. The track, set up at Fuji-Q Highland theme park's Thomas Land Japan, measured 2,221.514 metres, beating the previous record set in 2010 in Queensland, Australia of 207 metres, which used TrackMaster track. [1]

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