The Pod Vehicles are various specialised vehicles transported to the danger zone in one of Thunderbird 2's six pods. Most serve very specific purposes and aren't seen in the show more than once, but some are either appropriate for use in a number of situations or are needed for the more common types of rescue.
Recurring Pod VehiclesEdit
Thunderbird 4 was by far the most used vehicle of them all. It occupies Pod 4 with no other vehicle, but was once transported in Pod 6 (Attack of the Alligators!). It is used for all kinds of underwater rescue.
Firefly is a powerful bulldozer that clears a path through burning rubble. It fires explosive shells to either blast obstacles out of the way or extinguish localized fires by removing the surrounding oxygen. It was carried in Pod 3 (City Of Fire) and Pod 6 (Terror In New York City).
The Monobrake is a low-riding caterpillar-tracked car that can cling on to overhead monorail lines with its telescopic arm, and travel across them at great speeds. It was carried in Pod 6 (The Perils Of Penelope) and Pod 1 (Security Hazard).
Non-recurring Pod VehiclesEdit
The Fire Truck is a truck that uses the same chassis as the transmitter truck, and can extinguish fires with its rear mounted foam and nitroglycerin gun.
The Jet-Air Transporter is a small vehicle with two jet turbines that can catch falling people.
The Neutralizer Tractor is a little tractor capable of generating an electromagnetic pulse.
Electromagnetic Pod GrabsEdit
The Domo is a vehicle equipped with three suction pads on the front of it. It was built to move large and heavy objects, but was imaginatively used to hold up a section of wall in danger of collapsing.
There are (at least) four Elevator Cars (one manned, three remote controlled). Each one is a twelve-wheeled vehicle capable of travelling at speeds up to 180 mph. There is a large, flat platform on top of them that can support great weight, such as the Fireflash.
The Mobile Crane is simply a six-wheeled truck fitted with a 'cherry picker' to get people up to high places such as trees.
The Booster Mortar is a small vehicle fitted with a highly accurate cannon that can fire light equipment and supplies to people in hard-to-reach places.
The Excavator is similar in appearance to the Domo, but is instead equipped with rock-crushing grinders and a long drill. It is used to clear rocky paths and drill through stone.
The Laser Cutter is similar in appearance to the Booster Mortar, but sports a large laser device capable of cutting through thick metal.
The Recovery Vehicles are (at least) two (one manned, one remote controlled) powerful pulling machines that fire magnetic grapples.
Thunderbird 6 is a commercially produced Tiger Moth Biplane.
The Transmitter Truck is a caterpillar-tracked lorry mounted with a parabolic dish. Its radio transmitting equipment is extremely powerful.