- “As I thought. Rotten wood, rusty frames. Maybe if we put you back together, you'll earn yourself a better name.”
- ―Sir Topham Hatt on S.C. Ruffey's demise
S.C. Ruffey (affectionately known as "Scruffey") is a privately owned ballast truck and the ring-leader of the Troublesome Trucks.
S.C Ruffey was a private owner wagon, and like many such wagons was not kept in the best state of maintenance. When Oliver returned from the Works after falling in a turntable well, S.C. Ruffey and the trucks sang rude songs about the event. Toad, worried by the lack of respect for the engines, consulted with Oliver and Duck and made a plan. Oliver then shunted S.C. Ruffey and his lieutenants and prepared to pull them. S.C. Ruffey rallied the trucks into holding back, but this only resulted in S.C. Ruffey being pulled apart. The Fat Controller attributed the incident to the wagon's poor condition, but told Oliver not to disclose the fact, saying it was "bad for discipline." After receiving his comeuppance, S.C. Ruffey's remains were scrapped.
After the incident Oliver became well-respected by the trucks, out of fear they will be pulled apart too.
S.C. Ruffey reprises his role from the Railway Series, however, after his incident with Oliver, he was rebuilt and wisely did not disclose the real reason for his damage.
The Official Website stated that S.C. Ruffey is an old and experienced ring-leader. It also stated that he still works in Oliver's yard, and that, prior his incident, he helped push Oliver down the turntable well.
S.C. Ruffey is based on a 7-plank open wagon.
S.C. Ruffey is painted dark brown with the words "S.C. RUFFEY & Co. BALLAST CONTRACTORS TIDMOUTH SODOR" painted on his sides in white lettering. In the television series, he was shown as being very rusty and worn out prior to his rebuild.
- 1987 - The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways (mentioned)
- 2005 - Sodor: Reading Between the Lines (mentioned)
- Hisao Egawa (Japan)
- According to Spencer in a magazine story, S.C. stands for 'Special Carriage.'
- Some TrackMaster toys of Duck were seen with a plain grey truck with a brown-orange chassis. This seems to represent S.C. Ruffey, but it may also have been a prototype.
- S.C. Ruffey was made out of a modified Tenmille vaccuformed gauge 1 7-plank open wagon.
- Capsule Plarail has produced S.C. Ruffey so he can be either fully intact or split apart like in "Toad Stands By".
- The Bluebell Railway owns a Southern Railway 5-plank wagon that is currently disguised as S.C. Ruffey.
- ERTL (regular and Christmas editions; both discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (3 versions, two discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued outside Asia)
- TrackMaster (discontinued)
- Wood (with Ryan)
- Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
- Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
- Bachmann (HO and large scale)
- Hornby (discontinued)
- Lionel Trains (discontinued)
- Trading Cards (discontinued)
- Nakayoshi (discontinued)
- Capsule Plarail
- Puka-Q (discontinued)
- IR Thomas (discontinued)
- Boss (discontinued)
- Brio (discontinued)