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“Oliver's no use at all, thinks he's very clever!
Says that he can manage us; That's the best joke ever!
When he orders us about, With the greatest folly,
We just push him down the well... Pop goes Old Ollie!”
―Scruffey and the trucks

Toad Stands By is the twentieth episode of the fourth series. It is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Oliver the Western Engine.


Oliver returns from the works after an earlier incident with trucks that pushed him into a turntable well. Oliver seems as good as new but is worried about the trucks, thinking that he would rather not use them. The trucks, prompted by their ringleader, S.C. Ruffey, sing a rude song to spite him. Thomas, Percy and Duck are shocked and angrily order them to be quiet, but since they cannot be everywhere at once, the trucks just continue singing where they are not at.

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 gang and prepares to pull them, but S.C. Ruffey whispers to the trucks to hold back and they do. Oliver, however, is determined and uses all of his strength against the trucks. Oliver ends up pulling so hard that S.C. Ruffey subsequently breaks apart, much to the horror of the other trucks and the delight of Duck and Toad.

The Fat Controller arrives and scrutinises the remains. He attributes it to S.C. Ruffey's poor build due to material fatigue and decides to have him put back together. Sometime later, the trucks become fearful of Oliver and whisper to each other not to anger him. S.C. Ruffey, who is now rebuilt, wisely remains silent.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-third episode of the fourth series.
  • Despite its placement in the fourth series, this episode picks up right where the third series episode Oliver Owns Up leaves off. Stock footage from said episode is used, as a reference to that episode is made in this episode as well.
  • This is the fifth time where Douglas appears without Donald, the first being in the third series episode, Escape, and the second being in the previous three fourth series episodes, Four Little EnginesRusty to the Rescue and Thomas and Stepney.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the scrapyard Oliver passes is really the Skarloey Railway Engine Sheds set redressed with scrap models of Thomas, Gordon, and Donald and Douglas.
  • This episode marks the first occurrence of a few things:
    • This is the first time tankers have faces. The faces are the same ones used on the Skarloey Railway's slate trucks.
    • This is the first episode to feature LNER 12 Ton Vans with faces.
    • This episode marks Toad's first speaking and leading roles in the television series.
  • This episode also marks the only occurrence of a few things:
    • Oliver and Toad's only speaking roles in the fourth series.
    • S.C. Ruffey's only appearance, though he appears in a deleted scene from the fifth series episode Horrid Lorry; his face was also reused for some other trucks in the fifth series.
  • In the Japanese and Italian narrations, the trucks' voices are still in English.
  • The song the trucks sing when Oliver arrives at the yard has the same tune as Pop Goes the Diesel.
  • The loud crashing sound effect heard when S.C. Ruffey falls apart would be reused in several other episodes, notably in the fifth series episode, Rusty and the Boulder, and in a few New Series episodes up until the episode, Mountain Marvel.
  • A scrap piece of the Goods engine and the steel company from TUGS can be spotted.
  • In the UK narration, the voice clip of Oliver saying “It’s really my fault,” when speaking to Thomas, Percy and Duck is reused when he tells Duck that Toad’s plan should be carried out.
  • In the Japanese dub, while Thomas, Percy and Duck are heard telling the trucks to shup up simultaneously, it is Thomas alone who apologizes to Oliver for their failure.


  • 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.
  • When the line "with the greatest fally" is said, an insect can be seen on one of the trucks' face.
  • When the trucks are singing, a spider can be seen crawling on 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 meters ahead of Toad.
  • During the head-on shots of S.C. Ruffey when Oliver attempts to pull the trucks, the number of chain links on his coupling doubles.
  • When S.C. Ruffey collapses, his axles disappear.
  • Sir Topham Hatt is missing his eyebrows when he speaks to Oliver and S.C. Ruffey.
  • In the American narration, when Oliver says "N-n-no, sir", George Carlin accidentally says "said" twice.
  • When Sir Topham Hatt goes to inspect S.C. Ruffey, the coal load in Oliver's bunker is not correctly fitted.


Scruffey and the trucks: [sing] Oliver's no use at all, thinks he's very clever.
Says that he can manage us, that's the best joke ever!
When he orders us about with the greatest folly, we just push him down the well!
"POP" goes Old Ollie!
Thomas, Duck and Percy: BE QUIET!

Thomas, Duck and Percy: We're sorry, Oliver.

Oliver: It's really my fault. I shouldn't fallen into the turntable well.

Narrator: Toad the Brake van felt sorry for Oliver too.

Toad: I'm worried, Mr. Douglas. This disrespect for engines. Where's it going to end?
Douglas: Who knows?
Toad: I've got a plan, Mr. Douglas. May I stay here today and help Mr. Oliver? We're both Great Western, and must stand together.
Douglas: Certainly, Toad.

Duck: Goodness gracious Toad. I don't think you should suggest such a thing to Oliver.
Oliver: No Duck, Toad's right. It's really my fault. I must put this trouble right.
Toad: I meant no disrespect you understand.
Oliver: Of course not Toad. Anyway, driver says the same and he's arranged it with the stationmaster.
Duck: Very well Oliver. But I must hurry. My passengers will be waiting. Good luck.
Oliver: So long.

Toad: [seeing Oliver shunting trucks/cars] That's the way Mr. Oliver, and if you leave that Scruffey till last, then you'll have him behind you and You can bump him if he starts his nonsense.
[Oliver shunts Scruffey]
Scruffey: Hold back, hold back! And pass the word to the others.
Narrator: The silly cars giggled, but Oliver knew what to do. There was plenty of sand on the rails and his wheels gripped splendidly. He gave a great heave.
Scruffey: Ooh! I don't like this!
Duck: Go on! Well done, boy, well done!
Scruffey: OH! I'm coming apart! (breaks himself apart)

Sir Topham Hatt: Well, Oliver, so you don't know your own strength, is that it?
Oliver: (stuttering) No, sir.
Sir Topham Hatt: [inspects Scruffey] As I thought. Rotten wood, rusty frames. Maybe if we put you back together, you'll earn yourself a better name.

Trucks/Cars: Take care with Mr. Oliver. If you play tricks on him, you'll never be the same truck/car again!
Narrator: Scruffey has learned his lesson and says nothing at all.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese A Lição de Oliver
Chinese 陶德准备行动
Czech Toad přihlíží
Danish Toad Hjælper Til
Dutch Paddie helpt
Finnish Tomi-Jarruvaunun Neuvo
German Toads Plan
Greek Ο Τοντ βοηθάει τον Όλιβερ
Hungarian Toad Segít
Italian Il Piano di Toad
Japanese トードのめいあん
Korean 올리버의 복수
Norwegian Stol på Toad
Polish Pomysł Anatola
Romanian Toad Dă un Sfat
Russian Поддержка Тоуда
Slovak Toad chce stáť
Slovenian Žabec predlaga načrt za maščevanje
Spanish El Plan de Toad
Swedish Paddy hjälper ut
Thai รถบรรทุกเกเรได้รับบทเรียน
Ukrainian Тоуд пiдтримує

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