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"The dam's breaking up! We must warn everyone!"
— Toby's driver
Toby and the Flood

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

September 25th,
1998 (UK)
December 4th,
1998 (AUS)
January 22nd,
1999 (US)

Previous episode

Put Upon Percy

Next episode

Haunted Henry

Toby and the Flood is the tenth episode of the fifth season.


During many days of rain, Toby is asked to investigate a dam during rainy weather, and discovers it is about to burst its banks. Toby hurries to get to higher ground, but the bridge he is on is swept away after the dam collapses. Harold drops a rope to be tied to Toby's bufferbeam and gives the other end to Percy. Toby is saved and when the flood subsides and the dam mended, a party is held in Toby's honour.




  • Edited stock footage from Gallant Old Engine is used.
  • Inspiration for this episode might have come from the Elan Valley Railway, in Powys, Mid-Wales which had a section of railway line running along the front of a dam that was under construction.
  • The footage of Percy racing after Toby is sped up.


  • The narrator mentions that Toby has his own branchline, but Toby does not have his own branchline anymore.
  • Toby's driver could have driven Toby off the bridge before it was swept away, but Toby just sat on the bridge for a few seconds, allowing himself to be carried downriver.
  • Toby's driver is grinning when he says "It's our only chance!"
  • Harold is smiling when he follows Toby.
  • Toby should have been pulled to safety with the rope tied to the bridge.
  • In two scenes, Toby's driver has a different model.
  • Toby somehow turns around between the time he is on the dam and when he returns to the bridge.
  • An engine could not float down a river on a bridge.
  • The dam was built concaved away from the water it holds back, it should have been built concurved.
  • When the narrator says "As Toby floated helplessly on the flood waters..." you can see that Toby is still only just floating away from the broken bridge.
  • Trevor is sleeping at the party.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Toby y la Inundación Toby and the Flood
Norwegian Toby og oversvømmelsen Toby and the Flood
Japanese ながされたトビー Toby Drifted Out
Swedish The Flood
Portuguese A Inundação The Flood
Hungarian Toby és az Árvíz Toby and the Flood



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