Toby is old but wise, hardworking, and knows enough about running branch lines 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. While Toby is always ready to work hard without any fuss, he can be a bit temperamental sometimes, especially when young and inexperienced engines who are full of themselves make things difficult for him. However, work at the quarry line often soothes off his moods without any cause of grief to anyone, except of course his old faithful coach, Henrietta.
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. The J70 trams were all withdrawn from service in 1955 and none have survived in preservation.
Toby is painted brown with grey sideplates and cowcatchers. He has a number "7" painted on his sides in bright yellow with a red border.
- Season 1 - Geoffrey's Real (cameo), Percy's Oil Spill (cameo), Tankers of Doom (cameo), Harvey's Goods Train (cameo), Skarloey Comes Home, Big Strong Murdoch, and Tinsel on the Tracks
- Season 2 - Disappearing Diesel (cameo), Trouble on the Line (cameo), Fire at Ffarquhar, The New Controller, Jealous James, The "Ghost" Warrior, Jack and the Quack, Back to Misty Island, and Pedro Deep Down (cameo)
- Railway Show Engines - Vinnie's Vicious Deed, Red and Fast, and Accidental Ashima
- 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.
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