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"The Windmill is broken!"
"This means the end of my business!
"
— Toby and Dusty Dave
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Toby's Windmill/
Toby and the Windmill
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Phil Fehrle

Writer(s)

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

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)

Air date

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

Previous episode

The Spotless Record

Next episode

Bad Day at
Castle Loch

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

Plot

Toby's favourite place on the Island is the old windmill that belongs to his friend, the miller. One day however, Toby is on his way to collect some flour, but 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 goes home to his shed sad about the trouble he had caused. That night, a fierce storm sweeps across Sodor and the windmill gets struck by lightning, setting is 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.

Luckily, 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 will 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".

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Trivia

  • Stock footage from Trucks!, Special Attraction, and The Fogman is used, as is a deleted scene from Time for Trouble.
  • The Danish title of this episode is "Toby's Mill". In Japan, this episode is called "Windmill and Toby".
  • 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.

Goofs

  • The narrator mentions that Toby has his own branchline, but Toby does not have his own branchline anymore.
  • Because stock footage is used, Peter Sam is wearing his old funnel.
  • It would have taken more than one day to repair the windmill.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Toby's train.

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