|This article is about the 1998 magazine story. You may be looking for the episode, the 1988 magazine story or the Buzz Book.|
- "Wake up, Toby! Listen to this. It's a letter from the stout gentleman. He is a controller of a famous railway and he wants you and Henrietta to come work for him!"
- ―Toby's driver[src]
Toby and the Stout Gentleman! is a magazine story illustrated using photographs from the television series.
Toby meets a stout gentleman whilst working on his line. He is unaware that the stout gentleman is really the Fat Controller. Months pass, and his line has fewer and fewer passengers. His line is eventually closed. The day after, Toby's shed doors are flung open. He has been saved by the stout gentleman, and Toby and Henrietta set off to the Fat Controller's railway.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Lady Hatt (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Henrietta (mentioned)
- This story is based on the first season episode of the same name.
- At the end of the story, readers were given the chance to win an ERTL model of Toby.
- On the contents page, this story is called Toby and the Stout Man!