Oliver worked on the Great Western Railway.


Sometime during the 1960s, he ran away for fears of being scrapped with his coach, Isabel, and a brakevan named Toad, and were forced to hide between signalboxes and rely on the goodwill of signalmen to pass at safe times. When control got wind of the runaways, they hid in an old quarry branch and had the cutting blocked by rubbish to avoid being spotted of the Diesels outside.