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"Thank you, Toby. We couldn't have done it without you."
"No, thank you! There's nothing I like better then helping out a friend in need.
— Farmer McColl and Toby

Toby Had a Little Lamb is the twentieth episode of the sixth season.


On his way home during a snowstorm, Toby is flagged down by Farmer McColl. His sheep are due to give birth soon and he needs a vet urgently to check on them. Toby goes to the next signalbox where his driver telephones for a vet.

Toby arrives at the station where the Fat Controller is waiting with the vet. The vet climbs aboard Duck's footplate and Duck sets off to rescue the sheep with his snowplough. However, the snow is now much thicker and the tracks are blocked. Duck cannot go on, so he returns to the station. Toby suggests using his old line to get to Farmer McColls', but the Fat Controller knows that Toby's old line cannot take Duck's weight. Toby insists that he should go as he knows the old line and they have got no other choice. So the vet climbs aboard Henrietta and the Fat Controller warns Toby to be careful.

Toby sets off, full of confidence. However, he soon realises that there is something he forgot about - the rickety old bridge spanning a deep gorge. Slowly, Toby pulls Henrietta across the old bridge, which creaks and groans under his weight. Toby is scared, but determined to cross it just for the sake of the sheep. Once across, Toby soon reaches the farm and Farmer McColl is delighted to see them.

The vet and Farmer McColl check the newly-born lambs, but they need warmth and comfort. Toby explains that Henrietta can provide that, so the sheep and lambs stay inside Henrietta until the snow thaws.




  • The title is a parody of Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  • Stock footage from Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure is used.
  • Farmer McColl's name is used in Michael Brandon's and Michael Angelis' re-recorded narrations, but not in the original Michael Angelis or Alec Baldwin versions.
  • This is one of the few episodes of the sixth season to be renarrated by Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis.
  • This episode marks the first time Duck's seen wearing a snowplough


  • It is said that the lambs were with Henrietta, but a close up shows the red coaches.
  • When Duck tries to push through the snow his driver is thin-faced and black-haired, but when he returns to Callan his driver has a chubby face and brown hair.
  • Toby claimed to know his branchline like "the back of his buffers", but forgot about the rickety bridge.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Toby hadde et lite lam Toby Had a Little Lamb
Japanese トビーとこひつじ Toby and the Lamb
Welsh Oen bach Oer Cold Little Lamb
Slovenian Toby in Ovčke Toby and the Sheep
Danish Toby havde et lille lam Toby Had a Little Lamb
Italian Toby e gli Agnellini Toby and the Lambs
Dutch Toby en de Lammetjes Toby and the Little Lambs
Russian Тоби и овечки Toby and the Lamb
Swedish Toby och lammen Toby and the Lambs
Romanian Toby Are o Turmă Toby Has a Flock
Slovak Tobyho Malé Jahňa Toby's Little Lamb
Hungarian Toby és a Bárányok Toby and the Lambs
Polish Tobik i Małe Owieczki Toby and Little Sheep
Chinese 托比的小羊 Toby's Lamb
Korean 수호천사 토비 Toby the Guardian Angel
Thai โทบี้ช่วยลูกแกะ Toby Keeps the Lambs
Estonian Tobyl oli väike talleke Toby Had a Little Lamb

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  • Rusty Saves the Day (Australian DVD)
  • The Complete Series 6

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