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Inspectors are people who visit Sodor from the Mainland to ensure the Island and its railways are running properly and efficiently. They also approve new railways and engines for operation.

Engine Inspectors


Engine inspectors are called for help when an engine experiences a problem. An inspector helped Thomas when there were fish in his tank, another assisted when James became a runaway, another chastised him for staying in the shed when Percy tricked him, and another knew exactly how to stop the runaway at Toryreck (Upper Brendam in the television series). The inspectors usually wear the same uniforms as regular drivers.


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The Inspector with the Bowler Hat


“My hat! You've sucked it through your air intake!”
―The Inspector with(out) the bowler hat

At the same time Class 40 came to the island, an Inspector with a bowler hat came to quieten the engines after they made a noise protesting at the Diesel. While the Diesel tried to start up, he sucked up the inspector's bowler hat into his air-intake vent, which resulted in him breaking down. The inspector complained to Sir Topham Hatt about the incident.

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The Railway Series

Thomas & Friends

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Trivia


The Black Suited Railway Inspector


“These Engines are filthy!”
―The inspector commenting on James, Emily and Gordon
The Black Suited Railway Inspector was a man who came to examine the railway for its efficiency and cleanliness, especially the engines. He also awarded engines that looked their best. On the day of his arrival, Thomas and Percy have worked to hard they ended up getting covered in quarry dust. Thomas anticipated to look as good as Gordon, Emily and James but he soon expressed his doubt.

When the big engines were at the coaling plant waiting for the inspector, James accidentally bumped a conflat which pushed a lever and coal poured onto the tracks. Coal dust spread all over Gordon, James, and Emily. The inspector arrived with the Fat Controller and was crossed with their appearances. Then Gordon covered both men and the Fat Controller's bodyguards in coal dust after trying to clean out his funnel.

Suddenly, Thomas and Percy arrived and the inspector was so impressed by how clean they were he awarded both tank engines with 1st place rosettes.

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The Three Railway Inspectors


“I wasn't sure, but now I know the Fat Controller's Railway is the best!”
―The Railway Inspector, Thomas in Charge, fourteenth series

The railway inspectors (known as the railroad inspectors in the US) are three men who commonly inspect the railway.

Bio

Thomas tried to impress one of them, but only succeeded in causing havoc; covering both the inspector and the Fat Controller in coal dust. Thomas was given a chance to put everything right and the inspector was very impressed with the Fat Controller's Railway. He was one of the very important visitors that attended Dowager Hatt's tour of Sodor and after party.

He returned to inspect the island once again, but with two other inspectors that look like him. When they went to inspect the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, he and the other inspectors were not sure if having both Belle and Flynn is really necessary. However, the Fat Controller persuaded them that it's much safer with two.

Two of the railway inspectors came to inspect the North Western Railway, but proved to be grumpy and hard to impress. They eventually showed a change of heart to the railway after Thomas returned a lost watch to one of the inspectors, which was given to the inspector for working for the railway company for twenty years.

All three later returned to the Island again to observe Hugo. They expressed concern about Hugo's propeller.

A Railway Inspector, presumably the same one, is mentioned in the magazine story Caroline's Cruise. This story reveals that he lives on the Mainland.

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Thomas & Friends

Specials

Magazine Stories

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Railway Inspector #1:

Railway Inspector #2:

Railway Inspector #3:

  • William Hope (UK/US; seventeenth series)
  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; nineteenth series onwards)
  • Shōto Kashii (Japan; Too Many Fire Engines)
  • Kunihiro Kawamoto (Japan; Lost Property)
  • Tōru Akiyoshi (Japan; Hugo and the Airship)
  • Andreas Birnbaum (Germany; seventeenth series only)
  • Kai-Henrik Möller (Germany; twentieth series onwards)

The Island Inspector


“Very good work, Gordon. Very good work, indeed!”
―The Island Inspector, O the Indignity, fourteenth series

The island inspector is a man who checks that the island is running well and looking well. Before his visit, Sir Topham Hatt insists that everything is cleaned on a day that he calls "Clean Sodor Day".

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Thomas & Friends

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The Railway Coal Inspector


“Hooray for Henry!”
―The Railway Coal Inspector, Henry's Happy Coal, fifteenth series

The railway coal inspector (known as the railroad coal inspector in the US) inspects coal on the railways. He once visited Sodor to study Henry's special coal, but Henry was unaware that he was a coal inspector and wanted to impress him, so he took on normal coal. The coal inspector later told Henry that he should be very proud of his special coal. He was also one of the very important visitors that attended Dowager Hatt's tour of the island and party.

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Thomas & Friends

Magazine Stories

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