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"I thought friends help each other, but they were all too busy to help me."
"That's because they were helping me!
— Toby and Henry
Toby's Afternoon Off

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Marc Seal


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 7th,
2006 (UK)
September 23rd,
2006 (US)

Previous episode

Thomas' Tricky

Next episode

It's Good to
be Gordon

Toby's Afternoon Off is the eighth episode of the tenth season.


Toby has finished all of his jobs and is looking forward to visiting the farm when the Fat Controller asks him to do some odd jobs. Toby's first job is to shunt some trucks. He asks Mavis for help, but she's too busy. Then Toby has to take some trucks to the depot. He asks Thomas for assistance, but he is running late and has no time to help. Finally, Toby has to help Cranky with some cargo and asks Salty to share the workload, but Salty is busy delivering a piston rod. Luckily, the ship has been caught in rough seas and won't arrive until the next morning, leaving Toby time to visit the farm. On the way back, however, he meets Henry, who told him that he had broken down and Mavis, Thomas, and Salty were all helping with his passengers and repairs. Toby feels ashamed for thinking they were being unkind and offers to take Henry's coaches home.




  • Mavis is said to 'puff' and then 'steam' past Toby, but she is a diesel engine.
  • Salty says that he is delivering a piston-rod, but it is really a pair of siderods.
  • In widescreen, when Toby says "And I thought they were my friends", you can see that Salty stops at the end of the set.
  • The narrator says Toby had to shunt trucks to the coal depot, but he was already there.
  • Mavis has a different horn sound.
  • When Toby stops next to Cranky, his steam platform can be seen on the track.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Tobys fridag Toby's Day Off
Japanese トビーのごごのおやすみ Toby's Afternoon Off
Dutch Toby’s vrije middag Toby's Free Afternoon
Danish Toby holder fri Toby Keeps Free



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