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There are five known windmills on Sodor: the Post Windmill, the Tower Windmill, the Sodor Grain Windmill, Toby's Windmill and one nearby Ruth's Workshop. Four of the five windmills grind 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.

Despite being 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 in Time for Trouble.

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Tower Windmill

The Tower Windmill first appeared in the fifth series and appeared in almost every series afterwards. 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 was featured in the opening credits from the eighth to the eighteenth series.

Upon being introduced, the Tower Mill's placement was not specified in the show, but almost every depiction of the Island of Sodor featuring it specifies it to be on the Main Line in the open space between Balladrine and Kellaby.

However, despite all that, starting with the nineteenth series and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, the Tower Mill is depicted as being on Thomas' Branch Line for the remainder of its appearances in the series. This is because, according to original drafts/outlines of said movie, Thomas passing by the windmill is meant to be a reference to the show's original opening sequence. Its exact placement on the branch line varies from episode to episode.

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Sodor Grain Windmill

This windmill is located between Killaban and Cabalnoo near the river Hawin Russagh. 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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