Oliver the Great Western Engine
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|Oliver the Great Western Engine|
|Thomas & Friends character|
|First appearance||Enterprising Engines (The Railway Series)|
"Escape" (Thomas & Friends)
|Voiced by||Joe Mills (UK/US)|
Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan, Seasons 3-7)
Yūta Odagaki (Japan, Season 18 onwards)
Oliver is a fictional 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 the third season of the television series, he also appeared from seasons 4 to 7, but was absent during seasons 8 to 11. He (along with Toad) reappeared briefly in season 12, before the latter was completely absent from seasons 13 to 17.
Oliver finally reappeared in the eighteenth season episode "Toad's Adventure", during that same season and in the nineteenth and twentieth seasons, he played a few lead/co-lead support roles, along with Toad too.
Oliver resembles a GWR 1400 Class, which was in production from 1932 to 1936.