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"What Toby doesn't know about branch line problems isn't worth knowing. Our Toby's an experienced engine!"
— Sir Topham Hatt, Percy's Predicament, Branch Line Engines

  • Number: 7
  • Class: GER C53/LNER J70
  • Designer: James Holden
  • Builder: Stratford Works
  • Built: 1914
  • Configuration: 0-6-0T
  • Arrived on Sodor: 1951

Toby is a steam tram. He has two coaches named Henrietta and Victoria and a luggage van named Elsie.


Toby was built by James Holden at GER's Stratford Works in Stratford, London, England in 1914 and originally lived at Great Yarmouth Docks, Norfolk with his brothers before working on anunnamed tramway. In 1951, Toby came to work t the quarry onThomas' Branch Line after his old railway in East Anglia closed, as it was found to be illegal for Thomas to go on the quarry tramroadwithout sideplates or cowcatchers. Toby is old and, at first, was teased by James for his shabby paint. James stopped calling him names after he crashed into some tar wagons and Toby was given chocolate-brown paint for his hard work and a new coat for Henrietta as well.

Toby also got into a bit of a controversy with a female Diesel shunter named Mavis as she was not willing to shunt the trucks where they needed to be. After an accident with some trucks, the two engines made up their quarrel and are now good friends.

Toby once discovered an old castle and an old mine, and, while staying on guard, met the Old Warrior Ghost, who was really a narrow gauge engine named Bertram. After this, the two engines became good friends and now take visitors to and from the castle and mine. During one harsh winter, Toby had to rescue Farmer McColl's lambs that were trapped on a hillside. Toby was given a temporary three-chime whistle while his bell was being cleaned at the Steamworks. It helped with warning Thomas and Gordon that the tracks were blocked. He once was scared of Knapford Junction.

He once ran out of coal while delivering scrap to Crocks Scrap Yard, and after a few unsuccessful attempts at stopping passing engines to ask for some of their coal, Reg decided to lift Toby into the air so that the next engine would see him. Unfortunately, Thomas passed by and thought Reg was about to scrap Toby. After the story spread across the island, Emily took Henrietta to the scrapyard so that she and Toby could explain the truth.

In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, Thomas nearly collides with Toby while racing Bertie.


When he was first introduced, Toby was old but hardworking and knew enough about running a branch line to justify running Thomas' with Thomas and Daisy after Percy's accident with the trucks. He is also savvy enough to control the trucks. However, his advanced age and design means that he is weaker than the other engines.

Since the eighth season, Toby had been portrayed as being nervous about the capabilities of his work and uncertain about being an old steam tram, believing that he is not a proper engine, only good enough as a museum piece and not really special at all.

Since King of the Railway, Toby has been portrayed closer to his original fun and more joyful personality, having more subtle shades of nervousness.

Behind the Scenes

Toby had two different scales of models in the television series. Toby's main model was Gauge One. It was able to blow smoke from its funnel and had over 20 faces, which were removable. He was Radio Controlled and was given moving eyes. Toby's model had six wheels and side-rods, which were hidden by his cowcatcher and side-plates. Over the years new models have been made to replace the old ones. Two Toby models are currently on display; one at Drayton Manor in the U.K. and one in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.

In order to interact with the large scale people, a large scale version of Toby had been made since Season 3. It usually was featured in close-up scenes of Toby's Cab, Toby's Crew, Toby's Bell, Toby's Buffers and Toby's Water-tank.


Toby was inspired by a GER C53 0-6-0T Wisbech steam tram (classed as J70 by the LNER) seen by the Reverend Wilbert and Christopher Awdry on a holiday at Yarmouth, hence Toby's origins.


In the Railway Series Toby was painted brown with black cowcatchers and sideplates, which sported "LNER" in bright yellow letters.

On his tramway he was repainted greyish-brown with grey sideplates and cowcatchers. After helping James he was repainted chocolate-brown with olive frames and blue sideplates. In the Railway Series, he carries two plaques on the sides of his cab stating that he works on the NWR, his number, and the last time and place that he was rebuilt.

In the television series, Toby has consistently been painted brown with grey sideplates and cowcatchers. Toby has a number "7" painted on his sides in bright yellow with a red border.

Toby on the Big Screen

Toby was voiced by Colm Feore in Thomas and the Magic Railroad. In the movie, after Diesel 10 eavesdropped on Thomas and Percy talking about the buffers to the magic railroad, Toby followed him to the Smelters Yard. There, he distracted Diesel 10 by ringing his bell, in result of Diesel 10 demolishing the shed that he, Splatter, and Dodge were in.


Railway Series

Television series


Magazine stories

Toby also appeared in the magazine stories, Arthur and Emily, Diesel's Nasty Turn, Glider Rider, Henry's Soaking!, Percy and the Trucks, Spotting Shapes, Stolen Apples, Taking Toby, The Big Ship, The Lost Parcel, and The Poorly Engine!.

Voice Actors


  • The Wooden Railway and Brio ranges incorrectly depict Toby as an 0-4-0.
  • In Thomas Comes Home, the illustrations of "Toby's Megatrain" show Toby with a face at the rear cab as well as the front cab. This is the only time in the Railway Series that Toby has been illustrated with two faces.
  • Toby's bell sound changed in the second season, changed back in the fourth season and changed to the same as that of Flora's since Hero of the Rails.
  • Two Toby models have been on public display; one was at Drayton Manor (until the model ended up being stolen in early 2011), another was on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios, but now is currently in Japan.
  • Toby is Christopher Awdry's favourite engine. This is because while on a trip in Yarmouth, he and his father got to ride in the cab of a J70 tram, thanks to Wilbert's good friend, the late Reverend Charlie Rand.
  • In the CGI series, Toby is regularly driven from his rear cab instead of his front one.
  • In an interview with SiF , Andrew Brenner stated that Toby was one of his favourite characters, along with James, Bill, and Ben.
  • According to a interview with Robert Gauld-Galliers, Toby was originally going to appear in Emily's New Coaches but was replaced with Oliver.
  • Toby is one of the first engines to have visible nostrils.


  • ERTL (normal and Gold Rail; both discontinued)
  • Wooden Railway (normal, talking, bronze (cancelled), and Battery-Powered)
  • Take Along (normal, metallic, and in multi-packs; all discontinued)
  • My First Thomas
  • Motor Road and Rail (normal and talking; discontinued outside Asia)
  • TrackMaster (normal, flip-face, and talking)
  • Hornby (discontinued)
  • Bachmann (HO and large scale)
  • My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
  • Thomas Engine Collection Series (discontinued)
  • Mini Die Cast Collection (discontinued)
  • Departing Now (discontinued)
  • Thomas Town (discontinued)
  • Capsule Collection
  • Trading Cards
  • Take-n-Play (normal and talking)
  • De Agostini (discontinued)
  • Brio (discontinued)
  • LEGO (discontinued)
  • Mega Bloks (discontinued)
  • Tomica
  • Pez
  • Discover Junction
  • Wind-up
  • Pocket Fantasy (Discontinued)
  • Diablock
  • DVD Bingo (discontinued)
  • Collectible Railway
  • Motorized Railway
  • Departing Now
  • Boss (discontinued)
  • Micro Rubber Engines
  • Push Along
  • Minis (classic, robo, neon, graffiti and advent calendar)
  • Choro-Q
  • MV Sports (in three pack with Thomas and Mavis; discontinued)
  • Pre-Cut Model Engine Books (discontinued)


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