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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 seperate branch of the Tomy company, they still have the license to make Thomas themed products. In 2012, 20 years of the Plarail Thomas range were celebrated.

Engines and cars

Engines

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

  • TS-01: Thomas with Annie and Clarabel
  • TS-02: Edward with Troublesome Truck and Troublesome Van
  • TS-03: Henry with Troublesome Truck and Troublesome Van
  • TS-04: Gordon with Green Express Coach (discontinued)
  • TS-04: Gordon with Green Express Coach (redesigned)
  • TS-05: James with Troublesome Van and Tar Tanker (discontinued)
  • TS-05: James with Brakevan (redesigned)
  • TS-06: Percy with Fuel Tanker and Troublesome Truck
  • TS-07: Hiro with Slate Truck with blue barrels
  • TS-08: Belle with Sodor Search and Rescue Tankers
  • TS-09: Diesel 10 with Gold Trucks
  • TS-10: Spencer with Duke and Duchess Private Coach
  • TS-11: Toby with Henrietta and Troublesome Truck
  • TS-12: Rosie with Balloon Trucks
  • TS-13: Emily with Brakevan
  • TS-14: Stanley with Log Car and Blue Troublesome Truck (discontinued)
  • TS-14: Harvey with Works Unit Coach and Purple Flatbed (discontinued)
  • TS-14: Ryan and Skiff
  • TS-15: Mavis with the Breakdown Train (discontinued)
  • TS-15: Stephen with Red Well Wagon with crown
  • TS-16: Dash with Green and Gray Log Trucks (discontinued)
  • TS-16: Connor with Blue Passenger Coach
  • TS-17: Percy and Rocky
  • TS-18: Victor with Gray Truck and Engine Parts Flatbed
  • TS-18: Gator and Marion
  • TS-19: Flynn with Water Tank and Trailer
  • TS-20: Luke with Red Barrel Truck and Yellow Log Wagon

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 Troublesome Truck and Troublesome Van
  • T-03: Henry with Troublesome Truck and Troublesome Van
  • T-04: Gordon with Green Express Coach
  • T-05: James with Troublesome Van and Tar Tanker
  • T-06: Percy with Fuel Tanker and Troublesome Truck
  • T-07: Toby with Henrietta and Troublesome Truck
  • T-08: Duck with Scruffey and Toad
  • T-09: Donald with Troublesome Trucks
  • T-10: Oliver with Red Coaches
  • T-11: Diesel with Milk and Fuel Tankers
  • T-12: BoCo with Troublesome Truck and Tar Tanker
  • T-13: Ben with China Clay Trucks
  • T-14: Stepney with Troublesome Truck and Brakevan
  • T-14: Hiro with Slate Truck with blue barrels
  • T-15: Mavis with the Breakdown Train
  • T-16: Harvey with Works Coach and Flatbed
  • T-17: Salty with Black Troublesome Trucks with crates
  • T-18: Diesel 10 with Gold Trucks
  • T-19: Lady with Purple Trucks
  • T-20: Splatter and Dodge with Works Unit coach
  • T-21: Spencer with Duke and Duchess Private Coach
  • T-22: Murdoch with Troublesome Truck
  • T-23: Arthur with Fish Truck and Box Car
  • 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 Gray Log Trucks
  • T-27: Dennis with Roof Tile Trucks
  • 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 Balloon Trucks
  • T-32: Duncan with Slate Cars
  • T-33: Sir Handel with Red Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • T-34: Busy Bee James with Flatbed
  • T-34: Stanley with Log Car and Blue Troublesome Truck
  • T-35: Freddie with Green Narrow Gauge Coaches
  • T-36: Emily with Brakevan

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.

Individual Cars

Promotional Rolling Stock

Talk 'n' Action Engines

Talking Engines

The Talking Engines first came out in 2004 and stayed until 2010.

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

Vehicles

The road vehicles were originally individually released without item numbers, but when they were reintroduced in 2004, 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 CGI picture of Thomas in the corner and the set's title written in a themed font.

Asia 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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