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“Hmm! Getting lost can be interesting, but being found is much nicer... especially if it makes an engine feel Really Useful!”

Oliver's Find is the eighteenth episode of the fifth series. It aired back to back with Something in the Air during an airing of Storytime with Thomas in the US.


Oliver and his brake van Toad are enjoying their work in the big yard. One day, Toad notices Oliver feeling sad, because he is starting to miss the longer runs. Toad suggests talking to the Fat Controller, but Oliver decides to keep quiet. As time goes on, Oliver stays unhappy and gets rough with the trucks. His mood and the trucks' behaviour lead to an accident in the turntable when he pushes them into the well. That night, the Fat Controller transfers Oliver to the nightly mail train route so that he can have his smokebox cleared.

The new job cheers Oliver up as he makes good time on the mail route along the Coastal Run, until he stops to collect mail from Harold who is late due to mechanical problems. Annoyed, Oliver tries to make up speed when he sees a red signal. He does not know that the signalman has dozed off waiting for them and forgotten to change the points. After whistling several times, Oliver and his crew decide to proceed with caution and find out what the problem is at the signal box. Unknowingly, they are switched down an old, dilapidated branch line. The fireman points out that they are running low on water and, after passing an old station, they crash into a shed.

A concerned Fat Controller sends out a search party the next morning. They find Oliver and his crew safe and sound. The Fat Controller knows the accident was not Oliver's fault. While chatting, the Fat Controller notices an abandoned house nearby. He goes to inspect it and, when he returns to Oliver, he thanks him for finding the new house. He announces his plans for making it a tea house, where visitors can have refreshments.




  • Pre-filmed footage from Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday, stock footage from Put Upon Percy, and edited stock footage from Bye George! is used, as is a deleted scene from the former which has been edited as these are made to look like that it is at night instead of day.
  • When Oliver first passes the boats and barges with the post train, to the far left, Bulstrode's model without his face or eye mechanism can be seen.
  • The picture of Duke from Bulldog is in the signal box.
  • The yard Oliver is in at the beginning of the episode is the Tidmouth Sheds set extensively redressed.
  • The old station building is the same one seen in Toby's Discovery.
  • An image implies that Henry and James were intended to have larger roles.
  • This is the second episode to use the phrase, "confusion and delay" after Cranky Bugs. It is also the first episode where a character says it instead of the narrator.
  • The shed Oliver crashes into is really Toby's Shed.
  • The sense that the camera is zooming towards the shed has the slow motion that is the same as in Bye George!, before Thomas derailed and crashed through the barn.
  • The LT building, the three berth garage and some Shrimper boat models from TUGS appear during this episode.
  • This episode is titled Oliver's Great Adventure on The Roku Channel.
  • In the US, this episode was released before A Better View for Gordon, meaning the American audience may not know about Gordon's View at Kirk Ronan unless the audience saw the episode on the Cranky Bugs and Other Thomas Stories VHS.
  • A map of the east of Sodor, which features Crovan's Gate and the Skarloey Railway, is seen inside the signalbox. It is also seen in Sleeping Beauty, Bye George! (which this episode uses stock footage from), and Busy Going Backwards. The map was made in the fourth series and was used as geographical reference for the locations in concept arts.
  • The plot of this episode has some similarities to that of the magazine story Thomas and the Old House.


  • When Oliver bumps the trucks, they are facing him, but when they crash into the turntable, they are facing the other way. Additionally, Oliver is missing his rear brake-pipe.
  • When Oliver goes along the coastal track, his last van bounces.
  • In a deleted scene, Henry's tender does not have coal in it.
  • As Oliver is waiting for Harold, Henry passes with some vans, then as Oliver is talking to Harold, James passes through with exactly the same line of vans Henry was pulling.
  • The track arrangements at Oliver's shed changes between the day and night sequences.
  • In one of the final shots, Harold's propellers are severely bent.
  • Due to the use of stock footage, neither Oliver nor the mail vans are seen as the debris falls as it is clearly the footage of the mine, further adding to the problems, the truck with S.C. Ruffey's face can be seen in it.
  • On Roku Kids the episode title has a question mark, instead of an apostrophe.
  • In the US dub, Alec Baldwin gives Oliver a British accent (along with the other two fifth series episodes, Make Someone Happy and Busy Going Backwards), but when Oliver says, “Come on Harold!” Baldwin gives him a gruff voice.
  • Oliver’s driver changes appearance when he is talking about there being something wrong with the signal.
  • When Oliver gets sent down the wrong track, a battery pack can be seen on his left side.


Toad: Excuse me, Mr. Oliver. It seems to me that things are not well for you, if you forgive me for mentioning it.
Oliver: You're quite right, Toad. All I do is shunt these trucks/freight cars onto the turntable. I long for a nice run. It's what an engine really needs.
Toad: Quite so, Mr. Oliver. May I suggest you speak to the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt about your problems?

[Oliver gets rough with the trucks]
Trucks: You're no good, Oliver. You're dangerous! We want Percy!
Oliver: Percy's far too busy to be bothered with the likes of you!

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Albanian Zbulimi i Oliverit
Chinese Mandarin 奥利弗的发现
Czech Oliverův objev
Danish Olivers fund
Dutch Wat Oliver vond
French La Découverte d'Olivier
German Olivers Entdeckung
Hungarian Oliver a felfedező
Italian La scoperta di Oliver
Japanese オリバーのはっけん
Korean 우울한 올리버
Norwegian Olivers oppdagelse
Polish Odkrycie Olivera (Original)
Odkrycie Olka (Alternate)
Romanian Oliver și Descoperirea Lui
Russian Находка Оливера
Slovenian Oliverjeva najdba
Swedish Olivers fynd
Welsh Rhywbeth diddorol

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