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"Well Oliver, so you don't know your own strength, is that it?"
"N-N-No, sir.
— The Fat Controller and Oliver

Toad Stands By is the twentieth episode of the fourth season. It first aired in the US on the Shining Time Station special One of the Family in 1995 and re-aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wildlife in 1996.


Oliver returns from the works after an earlier incident with the trucks that accidentally pushed him into the turntable well. Oliver seems as good as new but is worried about the trucks, thinking that he would rather not use them. The trucks are prompted by their ringleader, S.C. Ruffey, sing a rude song to spite him and refuse to stop even when threatened by Thomas, Percy and Duck, who order them to be quiet.

Toad, fearing that the matter may escalate, asks Douglas to speak with Oliver and gives him an idea. Oliver, feeling a sense of responsibility after what the trucks did to him previously, agrees with Toad. Following Toad's advice, Oliver handles the worst trucks two by two so he can handle S.C. Ruffey last. Oliver soon shunts S.C. Ruffey and his lieutenants and prepares to pull them, but S.C. Ruffey whispers to the trucks to hold back and they do. Oliver, however, is determined and simply pulls S.C. Ruffey apart, much to the horror of the other trucks and the delight of Duck and Toad.

The Fat Controller arrives and scrutinizes the remains, he attributes it to S.C. Ruffey's poor build due to material fatigue and design flaw and decides to have him repaired. Sometime later, the trucks become fearful of Oliver and whisper to each other not to anger him. S.C. Ruffey, who is now repaired, wisely remains silent.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-third episode of the fourth season.
  • Despite being aired and produced after Bulgy (episode), it actually takes place before it.
  • This is S.C. Ruffey's only appearance, however, his face was used for many other trucks in the fifth season.
  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Oliver the Western Engine.
  • Stock footage from Oliver Owns Up is used for a flashback, as this episode is a continuation of said episode.
  • This is the fourth time where Douglas appears without Donald, the first being in Escape, the second being in Rusty to the Rescue and the third being in Thomas and Stepney
  • At the beginning of the episode, the scrapyard Oliver passes is really the Crovan's Gate set redressed with scrap models of Thomas, Gordon, and Donald and Douglas.
  • Oliver no longer has a Brooklyn accent in the American narration.
  • This was the first and only time in the television series that tankers have faces. The faces are the same ones used on the Skarloey Railway's slate trucks.
  • The song sang from the trucks when Oliver arrives at the yard has the same tune of Pop Goes the Diesel.
  • The loud crashing sound heard when S.C. Ruffey falls apart would be reused in several other Classic Series episodes, notably in Rusty and the Boulder.


  • In a close-up of the trucks singing, one truck has a broken buffer.
  • Before the trucks start singing, there are two trucks in-between Duck and Thomas. However when the trucks stop singing and are told to be quiet, they disappear.
  • Toad asks Douglas if he can work with Oliver, even though Oliver did not give Toad to Douglas after his escape in the TV series like he did in the Railway Series. This error is due to the fact that much of the episode's script is copied word-for-word from the original story.
  • When the trucks are singing, a spider can be seen crawling a van before the close-up of Duck.
  • When Oliver stops after going in between two rows of trucks, in one shot he is stopped just before two vans on either side, but then in the next shot he is between the two vans on either side.
  • When Oliver says "It's really my fault, I shouldn't have fallen in the turntable well," Henry's trucks wobble and then derail.
  • Douglas has Duck's whistle sound when he agrees to Toad's plan. At the end of the episode, Douglas has a different whistle sound.
  • In the close-up shots of Oliver when he is talking to Duck and Toad, plastic bases can be seen under his driver and fireman's feet.
  • When Oliver starts pulling the trucks, S.C. Ruffey is right next to Toad, but in the head-on shot of him groaning, he is several metres ahead of Toad.
  • When S.C. Ruffey collapses, his axles are gone.
  • In the American narration, George Carlin accidentally says "'N-n-no, sir,' said said Oliver nervously," saying "said" twice.
  • S.C. Ruffey, at the end of the episode, has two chains on his hook.
  • James has a different whistle sound.
  • In the Japanese and Italian narrations, the trucks' voices are still in English.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Stol på Toad Trust Toad
Swedish Paddy hjälper ut Toad Helps Out
Japanese トードのめいあん Toad's Good Idea
Spanish El Plan de Toad Toad's Plan
Italian Il Piano di Toad  Toad's Plan
German Toads Plan Toad's Plan
Hungarian Toad Segít Toad Helps
Finnish Tomi-Jarruvaunun Neuvo Toad The Brakevan Stands By
Russian Поддержка Тоуда Support Toad
Ukrainian Тоуд пiдтримує Toad Supports
Czech Toad přihlíží Toad Stands By
Dutch Paddie helpt Toad Helps
Slovenian Žabec predlaga načrt za maščevanje Toad Proposes a Plan for Revenge
Greek Ο Τοντ βοηθάει τον Όλιβερ Toad Helps Oliver
Romanian Toad Dă un Sfat Toad Gives Counsel
Slovak Toad chce stáť Toad Wants to Become
Polish Pomysł Anatola The Idea Toad
Chinese 陶德准备行动 Toad Ready for Action
Korean 올리버의 복수 A Plurality of Oliver
Brazilian Portuguese A Lição de Oliver Oliver's Lesson
Thai รถบรรทุกเกเรได้รับบทเรียน Truck Unruly Receive Lessons
Danish Toad Hjælper Til Toad Helps Too

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  • The Complete Fourth Series
  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories

DVD Boxsets


  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories










  • Thomas and Stepney (Norwegian VHS)




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