• Class: Sentinel Steam Shunter
  • Designer: Sentinel Waggon Works Ltd
  • Builder: Sentinel Waggon Works
  • Built: 1946
  • Configuration: 0-4-0VBT

Scruff "the Scruncher" is a boxy tank engine.


Scruff came to the Island to help Whiff at the Waste Dump. Thomas thought he needed to be clean to be Really Useful, but Scruff was scared of the water and soap, and hid away until Thomas realised he wanted to get dirty, and they delivered garbage to the Waste Dump. A little while later, his "scruncher" broke, and had to go to the Steamworks to have it fixed. Whiff stayed with him, leaving Gordon in charge of the Waste Dump.


Scruff is based on a Sentinel steam shunter.


Scruff is a grubby little chap, with a lime green boxy shape. He is more than content with "scrunching" and shunting rubbish trucks at Whiff's waste dump and has few other aspirations. He has been known to run in fear and hide away from things that he does not quite understand and can find having all the focus on him a little daunting. It seems, at times, that Scruff would rather be busily working in the background. However, he is cheerful to welcome engines to the waste dump and happy to have others join in with the "scrunching". He is notably, perhaps, one of the few engines on Sodor with little desire to be clean and presentable. Scruff's main motivator is being able to just get stuck in and knuckle down with his jobs.


Scruff is painted lime green with dark green stripes. He has gold name plates on either side of his tanks.



  • Scruff did not have a rear coupling hook in the fourteenth season, yet he was seen pulling trucks. As of the seventeenth season, he now has a rear coupling hook.
  • Scruff's whistle is Percy's at a higher pitch.
  • For some unknown reason, Scruff's nameplate has always been blank in the television series but not on his merchandise.
  • In the twentieth season, Scruff gained lamps and brakepipes on his front and rear.
  • His side tanks are considerably taller than his basis to accommodate his face.
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