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"Ghosts don't work day shifts."
— Toby's driver
Toby's Discovery

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 1st,
1998 (UK)
December 10th,
1998 (AUS)
January 28th,
1999 (US)

Previous episode

Stepney Gets Lost

Next episode

Something in the Air

Toby's Discovery is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season.


The young Hatts make a sandcastle modeled on one in the heart of Sodor, and the intrigued Fat Controller asks Toby to take him to find it. Toby finds the castle, and then visits a run-down mine located on the same map as the castle. The mines are re-opened, but Toby is spooked by Thomas' tale of the "Old Warrior" who hunts in the mines during the night. Toby is horrified to be put on guard duty at the mines, and meets the "Old Warrior", but discovers that the ghost is really a narrow gauge engine named Bertram.




  • Toad's scrap model from Escape and rusty models of Thomas and James are seen at the mine.
  • Duke's old shed is seen next to Bertram when he is discovered.
  • According to Britt Allcroft, Bertram was supposed to be a tank engine, but financial issues forced the model crew to repaint Duke's model and use Smudger's face.
  • When Toby stops at the signal box, his and Oliver's themes are heard playing at the same time.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Bertram to date.


  • When Toby is at the fishing village, Henrietta's roof is lifted up.
  • At the end of Toby's first-person view traveling along, the rails stop at a dead end.
  • The signalman's appearance changes between the time Toby first meets him and the time Toby finds Bertram.
  • The old map shows that the way to get to the castle and the mine beyond the signal box is to take the right track at the junction, but Toby takes the left track at that junction.
  • When Toby stops at the junction, some of his steam disappears, indicating a film cut.
  • In the scenes where the mine is reopened, the track Rheneas is on has no buffers.
  • When Toby comes to the junction, the lever to the points only appears when the fireman switches them.
  • When the Fat Controller says "We'll go check castle first", his close up outside the signal box is used again.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish El Descubrimiento de Toby Toby's Discovery
German Toby und der alte Krieger Toby and the Old Warrior
Japanese トビーのたんけん Toby's Exploration
Norwegian Tobys oppdagelse Toby's Discovery
Hungarian Toby a felfedező Toby the Explorer



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