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There are six known windmills on Sodor: two on Toby's Branch Line, one on the Loop Line, one near Killaban, one on The Main Line and one nearby Ruth's Workshop. Five of the six windmills grinds wheat grown on Sodor into flour for use in making bread for the residents of nearby villages and one was converted into an electro-magnet generator to power the workshop and gate.


Post Windmill

The Post Windmill is a windmill with a railway line running past and marshes beside it. It was featured in the opening credits used from the first to seventh series.

Originally intended to be on Toby's Branch Line, the windmill's usage in the opening credits made it an iconic part of the franchise, particularly with Japanese audiences, and thus the iconic imagery was encouraged.[1] As a result, there have been one-off occasions where the model appears in places other than Toby's Branch Line, such as immediately adjacent to Thomas' Branch Line before Crowe's Farm Crossing in Ghost Train and on the main line between Lower Tidmouth and Knapford in Time for Trouble.

Despite the 2014 Sodor map by Sam Wilkinson specifying the windmill to be on Thomas' Branch Line between Crowe's Farm Crossing and Dryaw station, the spot actually appears to be taken by the Tower Mill.


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Tower Windmill

The Tower Windmill first appeared in the fifth series and has appeared in almost every series since. Between the fifth and sixth series, its original sails - more similar to those of the Post Mill - were replaced by the set which it carries today. The Tower Mill has appeared in the opening credits from the eighth to the eighteenth series.


Despite the 2014 Sodor map by Sam Wilkinson placing it on the Loop Line between Elsbridge and Elizabeth's Shed, the Tower Mill actually appears to be a replacement for the Post Windmill on Thomas' Branch Line.


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Sodor Grain Windmill

This windmill is located between Killaban and Cabalnoo. Mr. Conductor landed on some sacks lying near the windmill after an encounter with Diesel 10 and it was here that he found a subliminal message about Lady and met up with Junior and Lily. Junior, seeing the windmill as a joyride, decided to ride on the sails on the windmill, but this resulted in him being flung up several feet in the air when the wind got too strong and ended up being thrown onto Diesel 10's roof.

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Toby's Windmill

This article is about the landmark. You may be looking for the episode.

This windmill is located near the junction for Tidmouth Bay and the Old Mine on Toby's Branch Line. The windmill was once struck by lightning during a fierce storm and was in jeopardy of closing down. After Toby found an old tree that had collapsed during the storm, the wood from the tree was used to rebuild the windmill and it has been in business ever since.

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The Main Line Windmill

This windmill is located on the Main Line inbetween Balladrine and Kellaby.

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  • The windmill itself is actually an edited version of the Tower Windmill with the side building removed.



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