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

Toby's Windmill, retitled Toby and the Windmill in one American release, 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, 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, setting it ablaze. The next morning, Toby carefully puffs along seeing the damage the storm caused - including the old windmill. The miller is unable to afford any timber, so he has now been fired. 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. Also, his registration number "LOR 2" is seen on its registration plate.
  • This episode is 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 airings.
  • This is the final episode to feature a storyline by David Mitton before his death in 2008.
  • 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.
  • This marks George’s only appearance in the seventh series.


  • Because stock footage is used, Peter Sam is wearing his old funnel.
  • Peter Sam has Skarloey's whistle sound.
  • When Toby tells Sir Topham Hatt 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.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese O Moinho de Vento de Toby
Chinese 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
Slovak Tobyho mlyn
Swedish Tobys väderkvarn
Thai โรงไม้โทบี้
Welsh Melin Wynt Tobi

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