Oliver the Great Western Engine
|Oliver the Great Western Engine|
|Thomas & Friends character|
|First appearance||Enterprising Engines (1968)|
|Created by||Rev. W. Awdry|
|Voiced by||Joe Mills (UK/US)|
Oliver the Great Western Engine is an anthropomorphic steam engine in The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry (and his son Christopher Awdry) and in the television adaptation Thomas & Friends. He is a Great Western 1400 Class tank engine who works on Duck's Branch Line ("The Little Western"), and lives on the Island of Sodor.
In addition, he has two ex-GWR Autocoaches (by the names of Isabel and Dulcie) and a GWR Brake Van by the name of Toad.
Oliver in the television series
Oliver first appeared in "Escape", which is the 21st episode of Series 3 of the series where Douglas saves him from scrap when he runs out of coal. He also appeared from series 4, 5 and 7, made cameo appearances in series 6, but was absent from series 8 through 11. He (along with Toad) reappeared briefly in series 12, before the latter was completely absent from series 13 to 17. Toad has been absent since Series 21 and remained absent. Oliver was absent from Big World! Big Adventures! until Series 23. Making cameos since Series 24.
Oliver finally reappeared in the series 18 episode "Toad's Adventure", during that same season and in the nineteenth and twentieth series', he played a few lead/co-lead support roles, along with Toad too.
He appeared in the specials Tale of the Brave, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, The Great Race, Journey Beyond Sodor and Big World! Big Adventures! along with a non-speaking role in Thomas and the UK Trip.
Oliver is voiced by Joe Mills (UK/US), who also voices Douglas and Toad.
Oliver is based on a GWR 1400 Class, which was in production from 1932 to 1936. Oliver's number in the Railway Series (1436) comes from a real 14xx, No. 1436, which was built at Swindon Works in August 1934 as No. 4836 and worked in Western England until it was withdrawn from service in October 1958. It was scrapped at Morkot Ltd., Caerphilly on the 30 April, 1959.
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