Oliver the Great Western Engine

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Oliver the Great Western Engine
Number 11, previously 1436
Class GWR 14xx 0-4-2T
Livery GWR green
Line Tidmouth-Arlesburgh branchline/The Little Western
Built 1935
Builder Wolverhampton Works
Affiliations Good
Date of Birth June 21, 1930
First Appearance Escape
Voice Actors Joe Mills (UK/US)

Oliver is a green Great Western tank engine who works on the Little Western.

Allies: Duck (best friend), Toad, Mavis, Thomas, Percy, James, Edward, BoCo, Gordon, Henry, Toby, Donald, Douglas, Emily, Murdoch, Stepney, Bill, Ben, Spencer, Stanley, Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Rusty, Duncan, Duke, Freddie, Mighty Mac, Luke, Bertram, Paxton, Belle, Flynn, Stephen, Millie, Connor, Caitlin, Hiro, Victor, Kevin, Bash, Dash, Ferdinand, Rosie (girlfriend), Mike, Rex, Bert, Jock, Frank

Enemies: Diesel, Iron Arry, Iron Bert, D261, Diesel 10, S.C.Ruffey, Spencer (formerly), Splatter, Dodge, Daisy (sometimes), George, Bulgy, Steam Engine, D199

Oliver in the TV series

In TV Series, when he arrived on Sodor after he was being saved from scrap by Douglas along with his brake van, Toad, his official North Western Railway number 11. The Great Western number worn in the books never appears. He was repainted in the livery of the Great Western Railway. Although the much lighter shade of green used was olive. Oliver might return in the eigthteenth season in CGI.

Oliver is voiced in the Japanese version of the TV Series by Hikaru Midorikawa, who also voiced Zelgadis Greywords in the Slayers series, Heero Yuy in Moblie Suit Gundam Wing, and Seto Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh.


Oliver comes Rev. W. V. Awdry's OO scale model railway. He had bought a GWR side tank engine manufactured by Gaiety as a spare engine for his model railway.

Oliver is based on the 14xx class built by the Great Western Railway and still carries the colours of the GWR. These engines were designed to shunt and to work branch lines, and many were still working beyond the end of steam on British Railways. Several are preserved on steam railways up and down the United Kingdom, where they have proved as useful and versatile as Oliver himself.

In the biographical work The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, Rev. W. Awdry recalls seeing side tanks at work on the Great Western Railway at Box in Wiltshire, where he lived as a child. These would not have been 14xx tanks, but might have been an early influence nonetheless.


Major Appearances

Season 3

  • Escape
  • Oliver Owns Up
  • Bulgy

Season 4

  • Rusty to the Rescue (mentioned)
  • Thomas and the Special Letter (does not speak)
  • Toad Stands By

Season 5

  • Oliver's Find
  • Make Someone Happy
  • Busy Going Backwards

Season 7

  • Snow Engine
  • Emily's New Coaches

Season 12

  • Steady Eddie (does not speak)
  • Gordon Takes a Shortcut

Season 18

  • Toad's Adventure
  • Tale of the Brave
  • Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
  • The Great Race


Season 4

  • Four Little Engines
  • Mind That Bike!

Season 5

  • Gordon and the Gremlin

Season 6

  • The World's Strongest Engine
  • Scaredy Engines
  • Percy and the Haunted Mine
  • Percy's Chocolate Crunch

Season 7

  • James and the Queen of Sodor
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Bulgy Rides Again
  • Best Dressed Engine

Theme Instrumental

Oliver the Little Western Engine's Theme00:43

Oliver the Little Western Engine's Theme

Counterparts (Hero Version) (Boy Version) 

Counterparts (Villian Version)

  • Smudger (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Oliver (Theodore Tugboat, both share the same name)

Counterparts (Girl Version) 

  • Caroline or Rosie (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Cream or Amy (Sonic the Hedgehog)


Main Article: Oliver the Great Western Engine/Gallery

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