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“The dam's breaking up! We must warn everyone!”
―Toby's driver

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

Plot

Several weeks of heavy rain have been coming down on Sodor. One day, Toby is feeling miserable not only from the inclement weather, but also that his branch line that runs through a village is in danger of flooding from the rising river. The only component to prevent water from overflowing in the river is a dam. Percy arrives at the village beside Toby, who is just about to investigate the dam for any concerns of damage. Percy informs Toby that his driver says that crossing the dam in heavy rain could be dangerous, and asks Toby to be careful. Toby says that he is brave enough to try, and he heads off to investigate the dam.

Toby's journey to the dam takes him over a wooden bridge at the end of the village where the river starts flooding dangerously beneath it. As Toby arrives at the dam, Harold is there inspecting it as well. Toby starts to cross cautiously but then his driver notices the dam beginning to break up, with water seeping through. Toby's driver is now concerned, and declares they must warn everyone to find higher ground.

Meanwhile, Percy is waiting on the other side of the wooden bridge, which is now in danger of collapsing due to the river rising so much. Toby's driver warns Percy and his crew about the dam and they need to find higher ground immediately. Percy explains their only chance now is to cross the bridge, but Toby doesn't think it looks safe. He begins to cross the bridge, but as soon as he is halfway across, disaster strikes; the dam collapses and the bridge Toby is crossing breaks free and sweeps away, with Toby still on it. Toby calls for help, so Percy reverses to follow the river down his own line to meet up further downstream and rescue Toby from any further danger. Harold, having seen the collapsed dam, flies off to help rescue Toby, too.

Toby is floating helplessly along the flooding river. However, there is further danger: they pass a sign saying "Beware the Waterfall". This means that they will face very serious consequences from going over it. As they approach the fall, they see Harold urgently comes to the rescue. He calls out that his crew is going to drop a rope to Toby, and they have to tie it to him. The rope is quickly tied to Toby's buffer just as Percy arrives. Harold flies over to Percy and calls for him to catch the rope and pull Toby to safety. The rope is dropped to Percy, and the other end is tied to his buffer. Percy, puffing as hard as he can, finally pulls Toby back to safety.

When the floods subside and the dam is repaired, a party is held in Toby's honour by the villagers and hosted by the Fat Controller, who is very impressed with Toby and Harold's bravery. Percy says he could not have been so brave, but would not know until he tried, as stated by Toby. Percy rather hopes he would never have to be so afraid again.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Edited stock footage from Gallant Old Engine is used.
  • Inspiration for this episode might have come from the Elan Valley Railway in 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.
  • In the Korean dub, the "Beware the Waterfall" sign is translated.

Goofs

  • In two scenes, Toby's driver has a different model.
  • Trevor is asleep at the party.
  • At the party two people appear to be laying on the ground.

Home Media Releases

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NZ

  • Happy Ever After (VHS)

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GR

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GER

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