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"Thank you Toby. Your idea saved my windmill."
— Dusty Miller
Toby's Windmill/
Toby and the Windmill

David Mitton


Phil Fehrle


David Mitton
(story idea)
Jan Page
(story idea
and teleplay)


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 17th,
2003 (UK)
February 20th,
2004 (US)
October 25th,
2004 (AUS)

Previous episode

The Spotless

Next episode

Bad Day at
Castle Loch

Toby's Windmill, retitled Toby and the Windmill in some American releases, is the tenth episode of the seventh season.


Toby's favourite place on the Island is the old windmill that belongs to his friend, the miller. One day, Toby is on his way to collect some flour to take to market. But he gets so distracted by the sight of the sails going round, he accidentally damages the flour sacks in the trucks. This makes the miller very upset, as this might put him out of a job. Toby begins to worry that the windmill might close down, but his driver is more worried about a storm on the way.

Toby goes home to his shed sad about the trouble he had caused. That night, a fierce storm swept across Sodor and the windmill gets struck by lightning, setting it ablaze. The following morning, Toby carefully puffs along seeing the damage the storm caused - including the old windmill. The miller is now out of a job, as he can't afford any timber. Wishing to make up for his carelessness, Toby tries his best to help.

Toby discovers a fallen tree which Harvey and Terence are trying to clear away from the tracks. Toby tells the Fat Controller that the fallen tree could provide the timber required to mend the miller's windmill. The Fat Controller and the miller agree to Toby's idea and, several days later, the old windmill is restored to full working order. The miller is very grateful and now calls the windmill "Toby's Windmill".




  • Going by production order, this is the seventh episode of the seventh season.
  • Stock footage from Trucks!, Special Attraction, and The Fogman is used, as is a deleted scene from Time for Trouble.
  • The faceless lorry that delivers flour from the newly restored windmill is the model of Lorry 2. It's registration plate "LOR 2" is seen on his number plate.
  • This episode is Toby's only speaking role in the seventh season.
  • A preserved storyboard drawn by Robert Gauld-Galliers suggests Percy was originally meant to be the main character in this episode.


  • Because stock footage is used, Peter Sam is wearing his old funnel.
  • Either Rheneas or Peter Sam has Skarloey's whistle sound.
  • When Toby tells Sir Topham Hatt about the broken windmill, if inspected enough, his driver's head is actually missing. Because of this, a large scale head has been digitally added on.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トビーのふうしゃ Toby's Windmill
Danish Tobys Mølle Toby's Mill
Welsh Melin Wynt Tobi Toby's Windmill
Swedish Tobys väderkvarn Toby's Windmill
Italian Il Mulino a Vento di Toby Toby's Windmill
Hungarian Toby szélmalma Toby's Windmill

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