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

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Writer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 9th, 1998

Previous episode

Stepney Gets Lost

Next episode

Something in the Air

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

Plot

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.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • The old castle is now referred to as the Scottish castle.
  • 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.
  • There are some differences in the US and UK narrations. Some differences are:
    • In the UK narration, the narrator says, "'Toot toot! Goodbye!' Thomas replied." In the US narration, the narrator only says, "Toot toot! Goodbye!"
    • In the US narration, the line "It will be a great adventure" is omitted.
    • In the UK narration, the narrator says "Bertram and Toby are now firm friends." In the US narration, the narrator simply says "Bertram and Toby are now friends."
    • In the UK narration, the narrator says "'We're trying to find an old castle,' replied the Fat Controller." In the US narration, the narrator only says "We're trying to find an old castle."
    • In the UK narration, the line "until" shortened on when Toby is said to come to another little junction, while the US narration doesn't.
    • In the UK narration, the narrator says "There, they saw two old signs. One read 'To the castle', and the other 'To the mine'," In the US narration, the narrator says "There, they saw two signs saying 'To the castle' and 'To the mine'." Also, in the UK narration, the Fat Controller doesn't say "the" when saying that they will go to the castle first.
    • In the US narration, Toby stammers when saying "Yes, sir" about doing hard work on the castle and mine, while not in the UK narration.
    • In the UK narration, the narrator says "...he said to himself." In the US narration, the narrator says "...he thought."
    • The lines "Everything seemed rather spooky" and "Quite suddenly, he heard a strange wheeshing sound" are said sooner in the UK narration than in the US narration.
    • In the UK narration, Toby says "he" when asking if the "Old Warrior" can wait until the next morning. In the US narration, he says "it".
    • In the US narration, "splendid" is omitted in the UK narrator's line "They take the visitors to the splendid castle and the mine."
  • In Germany, this episode is called "Toby and the Old Warrior". The Italian title is "The Discovery of Toby". In Japan, this episode is called "Exploration of Toby".
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Bertram.

Goofs

  • 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.
  • As Thomas reverses into the mine, a bug crawls across the sandy spot to his right.
  • 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.

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