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“Thank you Toby. Your idea saved my windmill.”
―Dusty Miller

Toby's Windmill, retitled Toby and the Windmill in a couple American releases, is the tenth episode of the seventh series.


Toby's favourite place on Sodor is the old windmill that belongs to his friend, the miller. One day, Toby is on his way to collect some flour to take to market, but is so distracted by the sight of the rotating sails that he accidentally damages the flour sacks in the trucks. This makes the miller very upset as this might put him out of a job. Toby begins to worry that the windmill might close down, but his driver is more worried about a storm on the way.

Toby goes home to his shed, sad about the trouble he had caused. That night, a fierce storm sweeps across the island and lightning strikes the windmill, destroying it. The next morning, Toby carefully puffs along surveying the storm damage, especially the old windmill. The miller is unable to afford any timber, so he has lost his job. Not wanting to lose the windmill, Toby tries his best to help.

Toby discovers a fallen tree which Harvey and Terence are trying to clear away from the tracks. Toby tells the Fat Controller that the fallen tree could provide the timber required to mend the miller's windmill. The Fat Controller and the miller agree to Toby's idea and, several days later, the old windmill is restored to full, working order. The miller is very grateful and now calls the windmill "Toby's Windmill."




  • Going by production order, this is the seventh episode of the seventh series.
  • Stock footage from Trucks, Special Attraction and The Fogman is used, as is a deleted scene from Time for Trouble.
  • The faceless lorry that delivers flour from the newly restored windmill is the model of Lorry 2; it is clear that it is him as his registration number "LOR 2" is seen on its registration plate.
  • This episode marks Toby's only speaking role in the seventh series.
  • A preserved storyboard drawn by Robert Gauld-Galliers suggests Percy was originally meant to be the main character in this episode.
  • This is one of several episodes from the seventh series to have its title card read on Nick Jr. and PBS half-hour ninth series airings.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of the Fireman Brigade.
  • This is the final episode to feature a storyline by David Mitton.
    • This is the only episode in seventh series that's story idled by David Mitton.
  • Because of the use of stock footage, Trucks and this episode have the same opening shot.
  • When Toby passes a farm, there is a damaged shed. It is in fact the collapsed shed from No Sleep for Cranky.


  • Because stock footage is used, Peter Sam is wearing his old funnel. He also has Skarloey's whistle sound.
  • Because of stock footage, it suddenly turns cloudy in close up of Toby's driver as they approach the fallen tree.
  • When Toby tells the Fat Controller about the broken windmill, if inspected enough, his driver's head is actually missing. Because of this, a large scale head has been digitally added on.
  • Toby's eyes are wonky for most of the episode.
  • At the end of the episode, Toby and his first, and third trucks shake a bit when he leaves the Windmill.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 托比的风车
Danish Tobys Mølle
Hungarian Toby szélmalma
Italian Il Mulino a Vento di Toby
Japanese トビーのふうしゃ
Korean 토비의 풍차
Polish Tobikowy Młyn
Romanian Moara lui Toby
Russian Мельница Тоби
Serbian Tobijeva vetrenjača
Swedish Tobys väderkvarn
Turkish Toby ve Yel Değirmeni
Welsh Melin Wynt Tobi

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  • Thomas and the Really Brave Engines and Other Adventures

DVD Boxsets


  • The Complete Series 7

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