S. C. Ruffey, also known as Scruffey, was a ballast wagon.
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 his parts were cleaned up S. C. Ruffey was scrapped.
Bio in the television series
S. C. Ruffey was rebuilt following his incident and wisely did not disclose the true nature of his rebuild. Sometime later, he was being used in the coal mines when his train ran underground, eventually crashing into a roof support. He was trapped underground following its subsequent collapse. He was also seen at the quarry in Bill, Ben, and Derek's train.
The Official Website states that S. C. Ruffey is an old and experienced ring-leader. It also states that he still works in Oliver's yard.
S. C. Ruffey is based on a "Private Owner" 7-plank mineral wagon.
S. C. Ruffey is coloured grey with "S. C. RUFFEY and Co. Ballast Contractors-Tidmouth-Sodor" painted on both sides in white. Before his accident and repair his parts were all rusted and rotten. In the fifth season, he was fully grey and resembled the rest of the trucks.
S. C. Ruffy's face also appeared on trucks in the fifth season episodes Put Upon Percy, Double Teething Troubles, and Oliver's Find. It is unknown whether this was simply a mistake on the part of the model makers or an actual appearance of the character.
- Hisao Egawa (Japan)
- ERTL (discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (two versions; discontinued)
- Bandai Tecs
- Bachmann (HO and large scale)
- Lionel Trains
- Nakayoshi (discontinued)
- Wind-up (Japan only)
- Brio (discontinued)