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"Slowcoach!"
"I'm trying me 'ardest!
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— Gordon and Toby
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You Can Do it, Toby!
Director(s)

Steve Asquith

Producer(s)

Simon Spencer

Writer(s)

Paul Larson

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)

Air date

October 10th,
2004 (UK)
November 13th,
2004 (US)
April 28th,
2006 (JAP)
November 23rd,
2006 (AUS)

Previous episode

Halloween

Next episode

James Goes
Too Far

You Can Do it, Toby! is the twenty-second episode of the eighth season.

Plot

Toby is pulling milk tankers up Gordon's Hill and is taking it nice and slowly. However, when Gordon climbs up the hill with Edward as his back engine, he snubs Toby for being too slow; he even says that Toby is not a proper engine, which hurts Toby's feelings. That evening, the Fat Controller tells Toby that, as Edward is required at Brendam the following day, he must look after Wellsworth Yard in his place, which worries Toby as he does not feel like a proper engine.

The next morning, Toby leaves Arlesdale End feeling rather nervous, hoping that he will not be needed to help an engine up Gordon's Hill. At Wellsworth, to his dismay, there are many trucks to be shunted into three trains for Donald, Douglas, and Henry. Toby is uncertain that he can do this, but Thomas encourages him. So Toby carries out the shunting work full of confidence. Just as Toby finishes the shunting, Gordon passes by with the express.

However, just like the day before, Gordon gets stuck on the hill due to the heavy weight of the train. So his guard telephones the yard manager, who tells Toby to help Gordon. But Toby is nervous again, so Thomas encourages him once more and Toby sets off.

Gordon is not pleased to hear that Toby is coming as he considers him, being a steam tram, not a proper engine. Toby buffers up and pushes as hard as he can, but Gordon and the train do not move a wheel. Gordon insults Toby even more thinking that was all Toby was capable of. Just as he is about to give up, Toby remembers Thomas' words of encouragement and buffers up again. This time, Toby gives every ounce of steam he has and Gordon starts to move. Toby keeps on going up Gordon's Hill and even Percy encourages him as he passes by going downhill. Once at the summit, Gordon is surprised and very impressed with Toby and Toby is very happy too.

That night, back in his own shed, Toby is visited by the Fat Controller who tells him that he was really useful. Toby feels like a proper engine once more.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the twelfth episode of the eighth season.

Goofs

  • When Edward starts pushing Gordon up the hill, a wire is visible under him.
  • The narrator said that Toby's engine roared as he pushed Gordon up the hill, but Toby is the engine.
  • In the beginning Toby starts up the hill but in the next shot from behind he is set back, to add to that Toby is not seen when Gordon suddenly starts to climb the hill.
  • In the UK narration, Michael Angelis gives Toby a Scouse accent.
  • In part of the episode, steam vents too far from Gordon.
  • In an extended shot from Determination of Gordon stalling on his hill the second time, Gordon is wearing his happy face mask.
  • Toby's steam platform is visible when he goes back to try and push Gordon a second time and it is seen again when Toby starts to push Gordon up the hill.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Du schaffst das, Toby! You Can Do it, Toby!
Norwegian Du kan klare det, Toby You Can Do it, Toby
Gaelic Toby útil Useful Toby
Japanese トビー、きみならできるよ You Can Do it, Toby!
Danish Du kan godt, Toby You Can Do it, Toby

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