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"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 Oliver's "dismantling" of Scruffey.

S.C. Ruffey
  • Class: 7-plank mineral wagon
  • Gauge: 4' 8.5"

S.C. Ruffey, also known as Scruffey, was a privately owned ballast wagon and the ring-leader of the Troublesome Trucks.

Bio in the Railway Series

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 was most likely scrapped.

Bio in the television series

S. C. Ruffey was rebuilt following his incident 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.


S. C. Ruffey is based on a "Private Owner" 7 plank end-door ballast wagon.


In the Railway Series, S.C. Ruffey is black with his company's name on his side in white lettering. In the television series, S.C. Ruffey is grey and rust orange with a light grey face and his company's name on his side in white lettering. After he was rebuilt, he was coloured the same as he was in the Railway Series.


Railway Series

Television series

His face also appeared on several trucks in the fifth season and he cameoed in a seventh season song.

Magazine stories

S.C. Ruffey also appeared in the magazine story, Tunnel Trouble. He was also mentioned in the magazine story, Think Pink.

Voice Actors


  • According to Spencer, in a magazine story, S.C. stands for 'Special Carriage'.
  • Some TrackMaster models of Duck were seen with a plain grey truck with a brownish orange chassis. This seems to represent S.C. Ruffey, but it may also have been a prototype.
  • S.C. Ruffey was made out a modified Tenmille gauge 1 7 plank P.O. wagon. Tenmille still makes these wagons today.
  • One of the trucks used his face as the leading truck in Put Upon Percy.



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See Also

North Western Railway rolling stock
Annie and ClarabelHenriettaElsieToadIsabel and DulcieAlice and MirabelS. C. RuffeyFred PelhayRicketyU. L. P.VictoriaThomas' Special CoachTroublesome Trucks"The Flying Kipper"The Spiteful BrakevanThe Ballast SpreaderThe Circus TrucksCattle TrucksChina Clay trucksFfarquhar Quarry Co. TrucksFlatbeds, Conflats and WellwagonsUtility WagonsThe Breakdown TrainBrakevans
Old Slow CoachRockyHectorThe Chinese DragonMail CoachesGordon's Snow MachineThe Jet EngineThe Rock CrusherEmily's CoachesJames' TrucksThomas' TrucksToby's Museum CoachGordon's Special CoachesHenry's Lucky TrucksFlora's Tram CoachThe Photographer's DraisineThe CalliopeThe Open-Topped CarriagesStephen's CoachesExpress CoachesThe Royal TrainOld CoachesThe Pump TrolleyMilk WagonsSalt WagonsTar WagonsBranch Line CoachesPlant VansFuel TankersSpecial CoachesOil TankersThe Fireworks VansCream TankersJam WagonsRaspberry TankersThe Toffee TankerFunfair TrucksHopper TrucksThe TravellerSlip CoachesJerome and Judy
The Elderly BrakevanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe Carriage CaféThe Animal Sanctuary CoachThe Naughty Pink TruckThe Posh CoachesAnnie and Clarabel's Old FriendCarols on WheelsThe Old Guard's VanThe Play CoachCircus CoachesThe Station Coach

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