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"I'm trying me 'hardest!”
―Gordon and Toby

You Can Do It, Toby! is the twenty-second episode of the eighth series.


Toby is pulling milk tankers up Gordon's Hill and is taking it nice and slowly. However, when Gordon climbs up the hill with Edward as his back engine, he snubs Toby for being too slow; he even says that Toby is not a proper engine, which hurts Toby's feelings. That evening, the Fat Controller tells Toby that, as Edward is required at Brendam the following day, he must look after Wellsworth Yard in his place, which worries Toby as he does not feel like a proper engine.

The next morning, Toby leaves Arlesdale End feeling rather nervous, hoping that he will not be needed to help an engine up Gordon's Hill. At Wellsworth, to his dismay, there are many trucks to be shunted into three trains for Donald, Douglas, and Henry. Toby is uncertain that he can do this, but Thomas encourages him. So Toby carries out the shunting work full of confidence. Just as Toby finishes the shunting, Gordon passes by with the express.

However, just like the day before, Gordon gets stuck on the hill due to the heavy weight of the train. So his guard telephones the yard manager, who tells Toby to help Gordon. But Toby is nervous again, so Thomas encourages him once more and Toby sets off.

Gordon is not pleased to hear that Toby is coming as he considers him, being a steam tram, not a proper engine. Toby buffers up and pushes as hard as he can, but Gordon and the train do not move an inch. Gordon insults Toby even more thinking that was all Toby was capable of. Just as he is about to give up, Toby remembers Thomas' words of encouragement and buffers up again. This time, Toby gives every ounce of steam he has and Gordon starts to move. Toby keeps on going up Gordon's Hill and even Percy encourages him as he passes by going downhill. Once at the summit, Gordon is surprised and very impressed with Toby and Toby is very happy too.

That night back in his own shed, Toby is visited by the Fat Controller who tells him that he was really useful. With that, Toby feels like a proper engine once more.





  • When Edward starts pushing Gordon up the hill, a wire is visible under him.
  • The narrator said that Toby's engine roared as he pushed Gordon up the hill, but Toby is a steam engine.
  • The narrator says Gordon was pulling the express with lots of coaches, but there are only three.
  • In the beginning Toby starts moving up the hill but in the next shot from behind he is set back, to add to that Toby is not seen when Gordon suddenly starts to climb the hill.
  • In part of the episode, steam vents too far from Gordon.
  • Toby's steam platform is visible when he goes back to try and push Gordon a second time and it is seen again when Toby starts to push Gordon up the hill.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 你做得到 托比
Croatian Možeš ti to Bruno!
Czech Ty to dokážeš Toby
Danish Du kan godt, Toby
Finnish Pärjäät Kyllä, Topi
German Du schaffst das, Toby!
Hungarian Képes Vagy Rá Toby
Italian Puoi Farcela Toby!
Japanese トビー、きみならできるよ
Korean 토비, 힘내!
Norwegian Du kan klare det, Toby
Polish Dasz radę, Tobiku!
Portuguese Você é capaz, Toby!
Romanian Nu te Lăsa, Toby!
Russian Ты сможешь, Тоби
Scottish Gaelic Tobaidh Feumail
Slovak Ty to dokážeš Toby
Spanish ¡Tú puedes, Toby! / Puedes Hacerlo Toby
Swedish Du klarar det Toby!
Thai นายทำได้น่ะ โทบี้

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