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"A pond is the only place for a toad, I suppose."
— Oliver, Busy Going Backwards, fifth season
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Toad
  • Number: GW 56831
  • Class: GWR 16-ton brakevan

Toad is a Great Western brakevan who escaped from scrap with Oliver and Isabel.

Bio

Toad worked with Oliver on the Great Western Railway before being threatened with the prospect of scrapping. Oliver, Toad, and an autocoach named Isabel ran away for the greener pastures of the North Western Railway, but Oliver ran out of coal en route. Luckily, they were rescued by Douglas and brought back to Sodor. In the Railway Series, Toad asked to be Douglas' brakevan as a show of thanks. In the television series, Toad is remains as Oliver's brakevan; However, on some occasions he is used by Douglas.

When S. C. Ruffey began to start a trend of disrespecting the engines, Toad had the idea for Oliver to show S. C. Ruffey and his lieutenants the error of their ways. This turned out better than expected, for Oliver pulled S. C. Ruffey apart and won back the respect of the trucks.

In the television series, Toad was tired of always going backwards and wanted to be a leader for a change. The trucks decided to teach Toad to be careful what he wishes for by breaking away from Oliver on Gordon's Hill and, as a result, he narrowly avoids James, crashes into some level crossing gates, and stops by taking a plunge into a pond. Afterwards, Toad decides that always going backwards is not bad after all.

Later in the television series, Toad was with Oliver up in the hills when they asked Gordon if he needed some help.

By the eighteenth season, Toad had become bored of repeatedly hearing the story of Oliver's escape, and longed for an adventure story of his own to tell. His wish was granted when he went to work with James, who ran much too fast, and hit a fallen branch on Gordon's Hill, uncoupling his trucks. Toad managed to stop the trucks, and prevented a crash with Thomas and Percy. When he returned to the Yard, he told a disbelieving Oliver all about it.

Persona

Toad is a polite, gentlemanly brakevan. He is also somewhat imaginative and a bit of an optimist. Toad minds his manners well and always quick to refer to engines as "Mr" or "Miss". He escaped from scrap with Oliver, with some help from Douglas. Toad is very loyal, keeps Oliver's trucks in order, and has his best interests at heart. He has a cunning streak within him should the trucks cause any particular bother and does like fun when it comes his way, but he is typically calm, obedient, and content in his work.

Basis

Toad is based on a GWR Standard 16-ton brakevan. Early vans were just 10 or 16 tons weight, but this gradually increased to 20 tons.

Livery

Toad is painted grey with "GW 56831" written on his side in white.

Appearances

Railway Series

Television series

Specials:

He also appeared in the first trailer for Tale of the Brave, as well as in the Let's Be Brave music video on the special's DVD release.

He was to appear in the sixth season, but was cut out for unknown reasons.

He also cameoed in two eighth season songs.

Toad's model, without a face, was used as a brakevan for the circus train in the eighth season episode, Thomas and the Circus. His model also appeared in a deleted scene from the sixth season episode, James and the Red Balloon. His face was also used on some trucks in the eighth and ninth seasons.

Magazine stories

Toad also appeared in the magazine stories, A Long Way Up!, The Great Race, The Snow Engine!, and Toad Returns.

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • Toad's model, without a face, is on display at Drayton Manor.
  • Toad's ERTL model incorrectly states that his number is "5683".
  • Toad's name originates from a nickname ("toad") given to brakevans on the Great Western Railway. Toad is also based upon a brake van that carries the same number.
  • Toad is mainly used for goods work, however, in the television series he has been seen several times as part of Oliver's passenger trains.
  • When Toad returned in the eighteenth season, he had some modifications. These include:
    • Silver buffers.
    • Built-in lamps on each side instead of lamp-irons with lamps hanging from them.
    • Grey handrails as opposed to his original white handrails.
    • Only one side has the Great Western markings.
  • Both Toad's physical and CGI models deviate a bit from their real-life counterpart: in real-life, Toad's basis has sandboxes near the handbrake, and also have a white interior with a desk, seat, etc. Toad lacks these features, both in model and in CGI forms.

Merchandise

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery

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 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 Coaches
The Elderly BrakevanBennett and Co.The New CoachThe Special Stationmaster's HomeThe 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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