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"Scruff, it's Gordon here. Would you like to see my express carriages? They're the grandest on the island!"
"Thank you, Gordon. I don't think Scruff wants to see your Express."
"Oh, the indignity!
— Gordon and Thomas trying to entice Scruff out of hiding
Thomas and Scruff

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Sharon Miller


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

November 1st,
2010 (UK)
December 25th,
2010 (US)
October 20th,
2011 (AUS)
April 28th,
2012 (NOR)
July 1st,
2012 (JAP)

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Jumping Jobi Wood!

Next episode

O the Indignity

Thomas and Scruff is the seventeenth episode of the fourteenth season.


Whiff is extremely busy at his waste dump, so when Thomas tells him he's going to get another engine to help him out, he is very excited. Thomas puffs quickly to the Docks where Scruff "the Scruncher" was waiting for him. Thomas isn't very impressed; Scruff is small, square, and very scruffy. Thomas feels that a scruffy engine cannot be a really useful engine, so he tells Scruff that he is going to fetch a "welcome to Sodor surprise". Thomas collects a flatbed of buckets, sponges, soap suds, and a workman and takes them back to Scruff. It turns out that Scruff does not like his "surprise"; he had never seen soap suds and brushes before. They prove too scary for Scruff and he runs away. Thomas is shocked and chases after him.

After a short while, Scruff slips into an overgrown siding and hides. Thomas knows he is there, but he cannot make Scruff come out. Then, Gordon arrives with the express. Thomas asks Gordon for help, so the big blue engine asks Scruff to come out of hiding to see the magnificent express carriages he's pulling. Scruff does not reply and Gordon steams away. Henry puffs up and Thomas asks him for help. Henry tries to entice Scruff out by offering to take him to see his special coal, but again Scruff is silent. Percy then arrives with his mail coaches. He offers to show the mail coaches to Scruff but, yet again, Scruff is not interested. Finally, Whiff arrives pulling a long line of rubbish trucks. He tells Thomas how excited he is to meet Scruff and then leaves. This gives Thomas an idea. He offers to take Scruff to collect some trucks of rubbish. Scruff is delighted and immediately comes out of hiding.

So, Thomas and Scruff set off to collect rubbish from the Steamworks, Knapford, and the Slate Quarry. They then take the rubbish trucks to Whiff's Waste Dump. Whiff is very impressed with Scruff's load and calls him a "Really Useful Engine".




  • Going by production order, this is the seventeenth episode of the fourteenth season.


  • Scruff does not have a rear coupling, yet he is seen pulling trucks.


  • Wooden Railway - Scruff and the Garbage car two pack
  • Books - Thomas and Scruff (book)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Finnish Tuomas ja Roju Thomas and Scruff
Portuguese Thomas e Scruff Thomas and Scruff
German Thomas und Scruff Thomas and Scruff
Japanese トーマスとスクラフ Thomas and Scruff
Norwegian Thomas og Rusk Thomas and Scruff
Polish Tomek i Zgniotek Thomas and Scruff
Welsh Tomos a Sgryff Thomas and Scruff
Spanish Thomas y Scruff Thomas and Scruff
Greek Ο Τομας και Ο Σκραφ Thomas and Scruff
Czech Tomáš a Špindíra Thomas and Scruff
Russian Грязнуля Скраф Dirty Scruff
Chinese 托马斯和斯加夫 Thomas and Scruff
Korean 토마스와 스크러프 Thomas and Scruff
Hungarian Thomas és Scruff Thomas and Scruff
Romanian Thomas și Scruff Thomas and Scruff
French Thomas et Scruff Thomas and Scruff
Danish Thomas og Scruff Thomas and Scruff
Swedish Thomas och Scruff Thomas and Scruff
Thai โธมัสกับสครัฟผู้มอมแมม Thomas and Scruff with the Ragged
Azerbaijani Tomas və Scruff Thomas and Scruff

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