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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

Oliver's Find is the eighteenth episode of the fifth season It aired during the airing of Storytime with Thomas in the US.


Oliver and his brake van Toad are enjoying their work in the big yard. However, Oliver starts to miss the longer runs. Toad suggests talking to Sir Topham Hatt, but Oliver decides to keep quiet. As time goes on, Oliver becomes more unhappy. His mood and the trucks' behaviour lead to an accident in the turntable. Sir Topham Hatt transfers Oliver to the nightly mail train route so that he can clear his smokebox.

The new job cheers Oliver up as he makes good time on his first run, until he stops to collect mail from Harold. Harold is late due to mechanical problems, which annoys Oliver. Trying to make up speed, he sees a red signal. He doesn't realise that the signalman has dozed off waiting for them and forgot 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 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 Sir Topham Hatt sends out a search party the next morning. They find Oliver and his crew safe and sound. Sir Topham Hatt knows the accident was not Oliver's fault. While chatting, Sir Topham Hatt 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 and stock footage from Bye George! and Put Upon Percy is used. Footage from the latter isn't cut properly, as S. C. Ruffey can be seen in the mine.
  • 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.
  • A rare picture shows Oliver passing through Tidmouth Hault.
  • The picture of Duke from Bulldog is in the signal box.
  • When the narrator says "...and he was rough with the trucks", music is heard in the UK version but not in the US version.
  • In the American narration, the line "They waited and waited" is omitted.
  • In the British narration, the narrator says "old rundown station", whereas in the American narration, the narrator only says "old station".
  • The yard Oliver is in at the beginning of the episode is the Tidmouth Sheds set extensively redressed.
  • In the American narration, Oliver and Toad gain British accents.
  • A rare image implies that Henry and James were intended to have larger roles.


  • In the UK narration, Michael Angelis' name is not present during the intro.
  • When Oliver bumps the trucks, they are facing him, but when they crash into the turntable, they are facing the other way.
  • Oliver should be working on the Little Western with Duck, not shunting trucks in the yard.
  • Oliver's driver should have known not to pass the red signal.
  • Oddly, when Oliver takes the post train, Toad is not his brakevan.
  • When Oliver goes along the coastal track, his last van bounces.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Mavis' train.
  • In a deleted scene, Henry's tender doesn't have coal in it.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Olivers oppdagelse Oliver's Discovery
German Olivers Entdeckung Oliver's Discovery
Italian La scoperta di Oliver The Discovery of Oliver
Japanese オリバーのはっけん The Discovery of Oliver
Hungarian Oliver a felfedező Oliver the Explorer
Welsh Rhywbeth diddorol Something Interesting
Dutch Wat Oliver vond What Oliver Found
Slovenian Oliverjeva najdba Oliver's Discovery
Chinese 奥利弗的发现 Oliver's Discovery
Korean 우울한 올리버 Gloomy Oliver
Romanian Descoperirea lui Oliver Oliver's Discovery
Danish Olivers Fund Oliver Finds
Slovak Oliverov Objav Oliver's Discovery
Polish Odkrycie Olka Oliver's Discovery
Russian Находка Оливера Finding Oliver
Swedish Olivers fynd Oliver Finds
Thai โอลิเวอร์ได้พบสิ่งที่มีประโยชน์ Oliver Founds Something Useful

Home Media Releases


UK DVD Boxsets


  • Classic Collection
  • Series Five and Series Six Double Pack


DVD Boxsets

  • On Site with Thomas and Other Adventures/Races, Rescues and Runaways and Other Thomas Adventures Double Feature
  • Sodor Friends Holiday Collection
  • Totally Thomas Volume 2
  • Backpacks and Lunchboxes