Toad worked with Oliver and Isabel (the coach) on the Great Western Railway. To avoid getting scrapped they all ran away together, Oliver ran out of coal on the way but the were all rescued by Douglas. Toad is Oliver's brakevan but he sometimes helps Douglas too. The 'Take n Play' Thomas range is made up of durable die-cast engines and plastic track, please note it is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH ANY WOODEN RAILWAY SYSTEMS (or with with Hornby Thomas the Tank Engine, Trackmaster Thomas, or with Mega Bloks Thomas). Though if you still have any of the 'Take Along Thomas' range (or if you've picked up some through hand-me-downs etc.) the take n play engines etc. are compatible. SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AGED 3 YEARS AND UP.