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“Easy does it, Kevin, my friend. Left a little, no, right a little. Perfect! Very good, my friend!”
―Victor guiding Kevin to fit Toby's new whistle

Toby's New Whistle is the eleventh episode of the thirteenth series.


Everyone on Sodor is in high spirits, except for Toby as his bell needs repairs. There are no spare bells at the Steamworks, so Toby must be fitted with a very loud and large whistle. James sees Toby's new whistle and notes that it's a three-chime steam whistle, which he states that he once had and mentions that it is one of the loudest whistles he had ever heard. This makes Toby afraid to blow it, as he does not like very loud noises. The Fat Controller tells Toby that he must collect Lady Hatt from Knapford. Toby decides to go slow and steady, to avoid using his whistle. Gordon, however, is very annoyed at this, as Toby is delaying his express.

Toby is soon close to Knapford, when suddenly, he sees a herd of cattle blocking the line. Toby tries to shove them off the rails with his cowcatcher and then telling the farm workers, but nothing works. Toby soon admits to Henrietta that they just might be trapped. Suddenly, Toby hears an engine's whistle. Toby knows that he has to do something before the engine will have a serious accident. So, Toby, although nervous, finally blasts his whistle as loud as he can. The engine, Thomas, stops just in time. Thomas is very grateful and the two blow their whistles to move the cows out of the way. Suddenly, Toby remembers that Lady Hatt is waiting for him so the engines puff to Knapford. The Fat Controller arrives at a crossing and is very cross with Toby saying that Lady Hatt waited for a long time and that Gordon is taking her home. Suddenly, Toby spots a fallen tree across the line ahead.

Gordon then comes racing down the line with the express. Toby whistles as loud and as long as he can. Gordon stops just in time, with his buffers just a few inches away from the tree. Gordon and Lady Hatt praise Toby. Soon, Toby's bell is mended, and he is offered to keep the whistle also, but Toby refuses, saying that his bell is all he needs to be useful.




UK, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa

US and Canada


  • This episode was shown in select US theatres in January 2010.
  • James reveals that he used to have a 3-chime whistle.
  • The theme from Alfred Hitchcock Presents is heard throughout the episode.
  • This is the last time Henrietta is referred to by name until the eighteenth series episode, Signals Crossed, thus making this the last time she is referred to by name whilst having no face.
  • This is the only thirteenth series episode where Kevin appears but does not speak.
  • Toby's temporary whistle looks a lot like a Buckeye 3-chime, but it has the sound of a Southern Railway Princeton Steptop 3-chime. The three-chime steam whistle's sound is a stock sound effect recorded from Southern Railway Mikado No. 4501, which is preserved at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.
  • In Poland, this episode premiered before Hero of the Rails, so the audience would not know about Victor, Kevin or the Sodor Steamworks.
  • The Korean title of this episode is the same on both dub and subtitles.
  • This is the third time where Toby uses a whistle, the first time being Bulls Eyes and the second being Special Attraction. Contrary to this, the episode states that Toby has never used a whistle before.


  • In the opening, the brake coach is in between the two other coaches of the express.
  • In the shot from inside the back of Toby's cab, he has no fireman.
  • When Gordon shouts, "Out of my way, Toby, you old steam tram!" the brake coach is in the middle of the express, but when Toby changes tracks, the brake coach is at the back.
  • When Thomas and Toby first blow their whistles to move the cows from the track, no steam can be seen coming out of Thomas' whistle.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese O Novo Apito de Toby
Catalan El xiulet d'en Toby
Chinese Mandarin 托比的新汽笛
Czech Tobyho nová píšťala
Danish Tobys nye fløjte
Dutch De Nieuwe Stoomfluit
Finnish Topin Uusi Pilli
French Le nouveau sifflet de Toby
German Tobys neue Pfeife
Greek Η νέα σφυρίχτρα του Τόμπι
Hungarian Toby és a gőzsíp
Icelandic Nýja flautan hans Tobba
Indonesian Peluit baru Toby
Italian Il Nuovo Fischio di Toby
Japanese トビーのあたらしいきてき
Korean 토비의 새 기적
Latin American Spanish El Nuevo Silbato de Toby
Norwegian Tobys nye fløyte
Polish Nowy Gwizdek Tobika
Romanian Noul Fluier al lui Toby
Russian Молодчина Тоби
Serbian Tobijeva nova zviždaljka
Swedish Tobys nya ångvisslan
Turkish Toby'nin Yeni Düdüğü
Welsh Chwiban Newydd Tobi

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