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"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

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 passed, and his line had fewer and fewer passengers. His line was eventually closed. The day after, Toby's shed doors were flung open. He had been saved by the stout gentleman, and Toby and Henrietta set off to the Fat Controller's railway.



  • This story is based on the first season episode, Toby and the Stout Gentleman.
  • At the end of the story, readers are given the chance to win an ERTL model of Toby.
  • On the contents page, this story is called Toby and the Stout Man!