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“Toby, you may be old, but you are far too useful to be put in the museum!”
―The Fat Controller reassuring Toby

Toby Feels Left Out is the twelfth episode of the ninth series.


It is spring on the Island of Sodor and the Fat Controller announces to the engines at Tidmouth Sheds that the new Sodor Museum is opening soon, and all his engines will be repainted. Later at Knapford station, James tells Toby about the museum and their repaints, but Toby has not been informed about this. James suggests that he must be left out. That night, Toby keeps worrying about what James said. In the morning, he meets Thomas at Abbey and jumps to the conclusion that the Fat Controller has decided to put him in the museum. Thomas tells Toby to ask the Fat Controller, but Toby does not want to know the truth. Thomas departs, saying that "Really Useful Engines are Really Busy Engines."

Toby decides to keep himself busy so as to convince the Fat Controller that he is really useful enough not to be a museum piece. So when the Fat Controller orders Emily to go for her repaint, Toby offers to take the flour in her place and he scurries away before the Fat Controller has a chance to finish talking to him. After delivering the flour to the docks, Toby sees the Fat Controller again and scurries off once more. Toby offers to take Annie and Clarabel whilst Thomas has his repaint, deliver coal from the coal mine in James' place, and then shunts stone trucks at the quarry for Percy.

Then, Toby sees the Fat Controller nearby and scurries away again, only to derail by reversing into a large stone blocking his track, damaging his rear axle and cowcatcher in the process. The Fat Controller demands an explanation as to why Toby has been evading him. Toby tells the Fat Controller how he is worried that he will be put into the museum because he is a very old steam tram and not really useful anymore. The Fat Controller tells Toby that despite being old, he is far too useful to go into a museum, especially as he has been working hard for everyone else all day. The Fat Controller goes on to tell Toby what he had been trying to say all day: Toby was to get washed and polished so that he could take the important visitors to the opening ceremony of the new museum.

After his repairs, wash and polish, Toby is very happy to be a really useful tram engine and takes the important visitors to the opening of the new Sodor Museum.





  • At the beginning, Henry has Gordon's whistle sound.
  • When Toby leaves Tidmouth Sheds, his steam platform is visible.
  • When Toby passes through Bluff's Cove, it is said he is taking Annie and Clarabel along Thomas' Branch Line. However, this is incorrect, as Bluff's Cove is actually on Duck's Branch Line.
  • In the overhead shot of Toby backing up at the quarry, a steam platform is visible. In the same shot, he visibly has no crew in either of his cabs.
  • In the overhead shot of Toby, trucks are in front of him, but when he is going to back up, there are no trucks.
  • Toby broke his rear cowcatchers, but when the narrator says "so Toby's axles and cowcatchers were repaired," the close-up is of his front cowcatchers, not his rear ones.
  • When Toby collides with the rock, his rear cowcatchers are not damaged (but they move slightly after he stops moving), his rear wheels stay on the rails and his eyes are wonky. In the close-up shot after, his rear wheels are on top of the rock and his cowcatcher is severely damaged.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Arabic توبي يشعر بالوحدة
Brazilian Portuguese Toby se Sente Excluído
Chinese Mandarin 托比觉得被遗漏
Croatian Bruno je zaboravljen
Czech Toby se Cítí Opomenutý
Danish Toby Føler Sig Udenfor
Dutch Toby mag het niet weten
Finnish Topi on Yksinäinen
French Toby se Sent à L'écart
German Toby fühlt sich Übergangen
Greek Ο Τόμπι αισθάνεται έμειναν εκτός
Hungarian Toby Szomorkodik
Italian Toby si Sente Escluso
Japanese なかまはずれのトビー
Korean 박물관은 싫어요
Latin American Spanish Toby se Siente Excluido
Norwegian Toby Føler Seg Utenfor
Polish Zapomniany Tobiku
Romanian Toby se Simte Neglijat
Russian Тоби не у дел
Scottish Gaelic Tobaidh Cuideachail
Spanish Toby se Siente Rechazado
Swedish Toby Känner Sig Utanför
Turkish Toby Dışında Kalıyor

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