Farmer McColl owns a farm on Thomas' Branch Line. He also owns the field across the line from the farm and a farm on the Main Line. Toby enjoys visiting him and his animals.
Farmer McColl is known to own a loyal and friendly sheepdog named
Katie, sheep, ducks, chickens, pigs and cows, amongst other animals. He is good friends with Farmer Trotter. He relies on the Fat Controller's railway to distribute his produce. He regularly attends many of Sodor's events including country fairs where his animals go on show.
Farmer McColl is a friendly and responsible man who is deeply dedicated to his farm. He loves his dog Katie very much and enjoys seeing the engines of Sodor. But like every other employee on the island, he can be strict and stern when work doesn't go to plan or when the engines cause havoc around his animals.
Farmer McColl wears a long green hooded jacket, over a cream woollen jumper, with brown trousers, black boots and a green flat cap.
- Series 6 Toby Had a Little Lamb (
not named in original versions) - Series 7 Emily's New Coaches (, deleted scene cameo) Edward's Brass Band ( and cameo) Bad Day at Castle Loch (
cameo) - Series 8 Thomas Gets it Right, Emily's Adventure, Chickens to School ( and mentioned) Too Hot for Thomas (
does not speak) - Series 9 Thomas Tries His Best (
does not speak) - Series 10 Toby's New Shed (, mentioned) Topped Off Thomas (, mentioned) Big Strong Henry ( and does not speak) Thomas' Frosty Friend
- Series 11 Don't be Silly, Billy, Edward and the Mail ( and does not speak) Toby's Triumph (
cameo) - Series 12 Heave Ho Thomas! ( and does not speak) Excellent Emily (
does not speak) - Series 13 Thomas and the Pigs, Time For a Story (, mentioned) The Biggest Present of All (, cameo) Henry's Good Deeds, Buzzy Bees ( and mentioned) Hiro Helps Out (
mentioned) - Series 14 Thomas' Tall Friend (, does not speak) James in the Dark (, does not speak) Pingy Pongy Pick Up (, mentioned) Thomas and the Snowman Party (, does not speak) Merry Misty Island ( and cameo) Henry's Magic Box (
mentioned) - Series 15 Toby and Bash (, mentioned) Edward the Hero, Happy Hiro (, cameo) Let it Snow (, mentioned) Stuck on You, Wonky Whistle and Percy the Snowman (
mentioned) - Series 16 Race to the Rescue (, cameo) Percy and the Monster of Brendam (, cameo) Thomas Toots the Crows, Muddy Matters and Whiff's Wish
- Series 17 Steamie Stafford and Thomas' Shortcut (
cameo) - Series 18 Not So Slow Coaches ( and cameo) Flatbeds of Fear (
cameo) - Series 19 The Truth About Toby (, cameo) Lost Property (, cameo) Henry Spots Trouble ( and cameo) Very Important Sheep
- Series 20 Blown Away ( and cameo) Three Steam Engines Gruff (
does not speak) - Series 21 Unscheduled Stops ( and does not speak) Philip's Number
- Series 22 Seeing is Believing (
cameo; fantasy) - Series 23 Diesel Do Right (
does not speak)
2004 - Toby and the Lambs (, not named) Thomas Gets It Right and Monster Mistake! (
cameo) 2005 - Emily's Adventure
2006 - Thomas Tries His Best (
mentioned) 2007 - The Lost Spring and Thomas' Frosty Friend
2008 - Edward's Mail (
does not speak) 2010 - Buzzy Bees (, mentioned) Going First, Piggy-in-the-middle!, Henry's Good Deeds (
cameo) 2012 - Thomas Toots the Crows, Thomas and the Pigs (, does not speak) Edward the Hero (, does not speak) Wonky Whistle (, does not speak) Muddy Matters (, speaks in speech bubble only) The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 650) and Percy the Snowman (
mentioned) 2013 - The Fat Controller's Bedtime Story (Issue 661), Time For a Story (, mentioned) Steamie Stafford and The Snowman's Hat
2014 - Thomas Takes a Shortcut ( and cameo) Muddy Matters (
does not speak) 2015 - Toby and Bash (
mentioned) 2016 - Thomas Toots the Crows
Farmer McColl also appeared in the magazine story,
In the magazines, he owns a bull named Hector.
His figurine is currently on display at Drayton Manor.
His last name has often been misspelt as "McCall".
With the CGI switch, Farmer McColl's hat changed colour from grey to green and his jacket changed to a hoodie.