This page is for minor human characters that only appear in the magazine stories.
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- “I'm terribly sorry. I did not mean to hit the golf ball towards the railway at all. I'm not very good at golf yet, you see. I often hit my golf balls into bunkers full of sand but never before have I hit one into a bunker full of coal!”
- ―The golfer
The Golfers often practice golf in a field along Thomas' Branch Line. One of the golfers is not very good and once hit a golf ball into Thomas' coal bunker. The golfers went to the station where he asked if Thomas' Crew had seen their missing golf ball. The Fat Controller returned the man's golf ball, but not before telling him off for hitting the ball at Thomas. The golfer apologised and the Fat Controller talked to him about golf for quite some time and offered to have a game with him one day.
- 1988 - The Golfers (only one speaks)
- 1992 - Lost and Found!
Bert Coke is a coal merchant who has a stall at a large market in a town along Thomas' Branch Line. When Thomas ran out of coal after making a delivery to the market, his driver and fireman purchased six bags of coal from Bert. He has his own lorry which is red.
- 1993 - Food for Thomas (does not speak)
The Bride and Groom
The Bride and Groom got married at a church in 1993. Their wedding car broke down after getting the bride to the church, so the bride, groom and their guests travelled to their reception in Wellsworth with Thomas.
- 1993 - The Wedding Engine! (do not speak)
The Special Stationmaster
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The Special Stationmaster was a stationmaster that is popular with the Fat Controller's engines. He earned his nickname, the Special Stationmaster, because he keeps calm and cheerful in times of trouble. His best friends are the engines and he always has a kind word to say about all of them. He retired in 1993 and the Fat Controller arranged for him to live in a house in Wellsworth. Unfortunately, this was not good enough for the stationmaster as he would miss seeing his friends everyday. The Fat Controller later arranged for an old, disused coach to be converted into a house for him. The coach was then placed in a field near his station.
- 1993 - The Special Stationmaster!
The Café Owner
The Café Owner is a retired engine driver who opened up a café next to the seaside. One day, the café burnt down and the owner was very upset. Thomas had an idea though and soon the Fat Controller sent an old coach which has been taken out of service, to be refitted. Thomas then took it to a seaside siding where it was transformed into a popular new café.
- 1993 - The Carriage Café
The Very Important People
The Very Important People had come to the Island to open a new station on Thomas' Branch Line. Thomas was given the job of collecting them which made James very jealous.
The group consists of a mayor and a man that looks very similar to the Fat Controller, amongst others.
- 1994 - The New Station (do not speak)
- “Has he come to sweep our funnels?”
The Chimney-Sweep sweeps out chimneys for a living. He gets around on a green bicycle which his equipment is tied to. He once caused alarm amongst the engines when they thought he had come to sweep out their funnels. They were wrong and the sweep is employed by the Fat Controller to sweep out the waiting-room chimneys at stations along Thomas' branch line.
- 1994 - Puffing Pots! (does not speak)
The Painter and Decorator
- 1995 - A Desk for Daisy!
Bobo the Clown
Bobo is a clown who has appeared in a few Play and Learn magazine stories.
The Coalman delivers coal to places all over the Sodor, including the theatre at Wellsworth. He once helped Thomas by giving him some coal when the tank engine was running low. Thomas later returned the favour when the coalman's lorry broke down.
- 1997 - Carrying Coal!
The Famous Film Star
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- “What a sweet little engine he is!”
- ―The Famous Film Star talking about Thomas
The Famous Film Star flew into the airfield one day to visit the Island of Sodor. James was given the special job of collecting her, but her silk scarf blew away and landed on a rooftop where no-one could reach it. Then, Thomas pulled up with trucks of building supplies including a ladder. His driver was able to retrieve the scarf using the ladder and returned it to the film star. The film star wished to thank the engine who came up with the idea. She walked over to Thomas and called him a sweet, little engine and had her photograph taken with him. The next day, the photograph was in the newspaper.
- 1997 - Star Story!
The Barleycorn Farm Shepherd
- “Red sky at night, shepherd's delight!”
- ―The Barleycorn Farm Shepherd
The Barleycorn Farm Shepherd is a good friend of Thomas'. Once, he told Thomas the rhyme: "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight" and how it used to predict the following day's weather. Thomas is very impressed by this little rhyme and repeated it all day. The following evening, Percy told Thomas that the red sky tonight was due to a barn fire at the farm. Thomas rushed to help, but it was too late. The shepherd was not worried, however, as he had been planning on replacing the barn anyway so the fire has saved him a lot of hard work. He then reminded Thomas of the old rhyme and it has once again come true.
The shepherd is never referred by name in the story and he is also seen with a sheepdog that is never mentioned.
- 1997 - Red Sky at Night!
- “Now, come on, form a crocodile!”
- ―Miss Brown to her class of children
Miss Brown is a school teacher. Once, she had trouble getting her class of playful children onto Skarloey's train. She told the children to "form a crocodile" which is a method used to get children into an orderly line. Skarloey is then able to take the children and Miss Brown back to the main station. The Fat Controller then asked about the delay and Skarloey says it was down to some crocodile trouble.
- 1997 - Silly Skarloey!
The Ice-Cream Man
- “It's a disaster, we've run out of fuel and all the ice-cream is going to melt!”
- ―The Ice-Cream Man
The Ice-Cream Man drives around Sodor in his ice-cream van selling ice-cream and ice-lollies to children. Once, they ran out of diesel fuel and the ice-cream would melt. Luckily, Daisy and her driver always carry a spare can of fuel in case of an emergency and kindly handed it over to the van. Both the van and his driver were very grateful and carry on selling ice-cream to the happy children.
- 1997 - The Ice Cream Van
The Black-bearded Man
The Black-bearded Man was a rather scruffy-looking passenger who was waiting on a platform whilst Farmer Collett and the stationmaster where judging a scarecrow competition. Henry mistook him for one of the scarecrows, which the man took as a compliment as the scarecrows were fairly smartly dressed. He went on to help judge the competition and finally pick a winner.
- 1998 - The Scarecrow Competition!
Nurse O'Neill is a nurse at Sodor Hospital. On the day of the nurses' fancy dress party, she fell over at Wellsworth station and sprained her wrist. This gave Gordon an idea and he suggested that she go to the party as a wounded soldier. So she borrowed her father's army uniform and that's what she did.
- 1998 - Fancy Dress!
Mr. O'Neill is the father of Nurse O'Neill. He once lent his old army uniform to his daughter for a fancy dress party.
- 1998 - Fancy Dress!
The End of the Rainbow Owner
This smartly-dressed man owns a shop called "The End of the Rainbow". He once arranged with the Fat Controller to have some wagons repainted in bright colours with his shop name on the sides. Then, he asked for James to do the stock run from the shop pulling the wagons. With bright red James at the front, the train looked like a rainbow which was good publicity for his shop.
- 2000 - The End of the Rainbow!
The Balloon Seller
The Balloon Seller was selling balloons close to a station on a windy day. The balloons blew all over the railway and the engines turned catching them again into a game. All of his balloons have funny faces painted on them. The balloon seller wears a yellow waistcoat with a white shirt underneath, a red bowtie, a bowler hat and brown trousers.
- 2001 - A Burst Balloon! (does not speak)
The Art Thief
The Art Thief stole a very valuable old painting from the art gallery. He hid from police inside a truck in Percy's train. Percy told the police where he was and he was quickly arrested and the painting was returned to the gallery.
- 2001 - Percy's Picture (does not speak)
The Art Gallery Manager
- “Help! Police! We've been robbed! One of our paintings has gone!”
- ―The Art Gallery Manager
The Art Gallery Manager runs the art gallery which is located near a railway station. A very expensive picture was once stolen and the gallery manager called for the police. The thief was arrested and the picture was returned.
- 2001 - Percy's Picture
- “There's Sophie on Playful!”
- 2001 - Playful Pony
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Stephen is a young boy who travels to school on Bertie. Bertie has stated that Stephen is his favourite passenger.
- 2002 - Birthday Bus
Stephen's mother arranged a party for Stephen at the local village hall, but the party ended up being held on their good friend Bertie when the hall was flooded. In the puzzle that made up the story, she looks a lot older than she does in the illustration.
- 2002 - Birthday Bus
The Elderly Lady
- “Thank you, young man!”
- ―The elderly lady to Thomas' driver
The Elderly Lady was a passenger on Thomas' train that runs from the Main Station to the Shopping Centre. At the Shopping Centre, she dropped her shopping on the platform and Thomas' driver had to help her pick it up. When the Fat Controller arrived, he reprimanded Thomas for being late, but the elderly lady interrupted him, saying how kind Thomas' driver had been. She owns a poodle.
- 2002 - Time Trouble!
- “I'm here to take some photographs for a brochure. Paul Walford's the name!”
- ―Mr. Walford
Paul Walford is a professional photographer. He was employed to help promote Dingley Hall, but the Horrid Lorries kept ruining his shots. The problem was resolved when the hall manager set up a no entry sign to stop the lorries.
His name could come from the fictional setting of the BBC soap, "EastEnders".
- 2002 - In the Picture
Dingley Hall's Manager
Dingley Hall's Manager runs the refined Hotel, Dingley Hall.
- 2002 - In the Picture
The two Smartly-dressed Women
The two Smartly-dressed Women were passengers on Henry's train. They like to visit factories to find out how different things are made. One day, they spilt some "Sodor Dew" in one of Henry's carriages causing a curious scent. They appear to be quite posh and elegant.
- 2002 - What's That Smell?
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Danny is in charge of hiring deckchairs to holidaymakers on the beach, but one day, Lorry 1 crushed his store-shed. Danny was worried that the tide might wash his chairs away, so his good friend, Bulstrode, told him to stow the deckchairs safely in his hull overnight. The next morning, Danny mended his store-shed and gave a gift for Bulstrode - a roll of stripy deckchair material to cover his hull so that Bulstrode did not get continuously hit with beach balls and kites.
He is very kind and in the event of a deckchair being torn, he never seems annoyed. He just takes the damaged chairs home and mends them with stripy deckchair canvas that he keeps for just such an occasion.
- 2002 - Take Cover!
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Danny Day is famous pop star who arrived on Sodor via ferry for the "Sodor Goes Pop" concert. He disguised himself as a fireman to avoid any attention from the crowds and James secretly took him to the festival site.
- 2002 - Sodor Goes Pop! (does not speak)
- 2002 - Sodor Goes Pop! (do not speak)
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- 2002 - Sodor Goes Pop!
Sam the Shepherd
- “Those sheep will feel cooler and more comfortable in this warm weather once they're clipped.”
- ―Sam the Shepherd
Sam the Shepherd works on a farm with his trusty collie dog, Beth, nestled in the hills of Thomas' Branch Line. One day, Thomas took some sheep-shearers to the farm along with the Fat Controller and his grandson, Stephen Hatt. One sheep broke loose, but was soon quickly rounded up again by Beth.
- 2002 - Time for a Trim
- “I've been all around the world in all kinds of weather, except snow that is...”
- ―Roddy Bowlby
Roddy Bowlby is a well-known and much loved adventurer from Brendam Bay. He sailed around the world single-handedly in his trusty yacht, the Sea Farer.
When the Fat Controller heard of Roddy's voyage coming to an end in the newspaper, he scheduled more trains to greet Roddy at Brendam Bay and arranged for Thomas to deliver a present to the adventurer. Roddy returned home to a very warm welcome and was presented with the present that Thomas delivered which turned out to be a big globe with Roddy's trip mapped out on it.
- 2002 - A Snowy Reception
- “Good work. You'd be a great help in a real accident!”
- ―The Nurse praising the railway staff
- 2003 - Feeling Fine
Fred the Fogman
- 2003 - Seeing Smoke
- “Sorry to hold you up, Thomas, but my milkfloat doesn't go very fast.”
- ―The Milkman
The Milkman drives around Sodor delivering milk and other groceries such as bread and eggs in his milk float. His milk float once broke down, but luckily Caroline was happy to help the milkman complete his rounds.
- 2003 - Milk and Motors!
The Sculptor is a well-respected and versatile sculptor. She hosts sculpture shows at her shop somewhere along the Skarloey Railway. One winter, she carved a fish in a frozen waterfall, which everyone loved.
- 2005 - Ice Carving (does not speak)
The Mine InspectorThe Mine Inspector is an inspector, who Peter Sam was afraid of. When Peter Sam decided to rest near a mine he heard noises and thought it was a ghost. The Inspector came out of the mine and Peter Sam was relieved that it was not a ghost.
- 2005 - Mine Mystery
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- “They'd rather miss my train than Alf's snacks!”
Alf ran the snack bar at the Main Station for many years until he retired in 2005. Upon his retirement, no suitable replacements could be found, hence the snack bar closed. Later on, Nelly was hired to run it. Alf's food was said to be so delicious that James had to blow his whistle to remind the passengers to catch their train. He used to joke that the passengers would rather miss their train than Alf's food!
- 2005 - What's Cooking? (does not speak)
- “Coffee and home-made cakes for everyone!”
Nelly is a retired school dinner-lady and the current manager of the snack bar at the Main Station. When Alf retired, the Fat Controller could not find a suitable replacement and the snack bar was closed. Days later, James came across a broken rail and whilst he and his crew waited for it to be repaired, Nelly gave them coffee and home-made cakes that she had made in her nearby cottage. After James told the Fat Controller about her, she was immediately hired to run the snack bar.
- 2005 - What's Cooking?
Tigerwoman and The Fang
- “Holy hatstands, Thomas, haven't you heard about the Elsbridge Carnival?”
- ―Tigerwoman and The Fang
Tigerwoman and The Fang are superheroes. Two people disguised as Tigerwoman and The Fang attended the Elsbridge Carnival.
- 2003 - Super Heroes!
- “I'm taking Webman!”
Webman is a famous super hero. A man dressed as Webman was to attend the Elsbridge Carnival. He was due to arrive in Harold who had been disguised to resemble Webman's own helicopter. Unfortunately, Harold was called out to assist in catching a jewel thief. Webman went along too and lent his web to the police officers who are able to get the thief tangled in it. Unfortunately, he did not make it to the carnival, but the next morning, Webman appeared on the front page of the Sodor News newspaper. He is based on Marvel Comic's Spiderman, though his costume is more similar to Captain America.
- 2003 - Super Heroes!
Farmer Collett's Wife
- 2003 - Animals (does not speak)
- ―the Canoeist
The Canoeist took part in a river race. On the day prior to the race, the canoeist dropped his paddle in the water while practising and had to be rescued by James. On the day of the race, he managed to save the Mayor's hat when it was dropped into the river. Despite this, the canoeist still managed to take first place and was presented with a silver cup.
- 2004 - The River Race
The Jewel Thief
The Jewel Thief stole a bag of jewels and a van to escape in. The van ran out of petrol in the middle of the field and the thief made his way towards some woods on foot. Before he could reach the woods, two policemen dropped a web on him from Harold. The web had been supplied by Webman who had been on his way to a carnival at Elsbridge. The jewel thief, now tangled in the web, surrendered. The following morning, the jewel thief, the arresting officers, Harold and Webman all appeared on the front page of the Sodor News newspaper.
- 2003 - Super Heroes! (does not speak)
- “A real engine is the best!”
Dan is Duck's driver's son. One year, on his birthday, Dan came to the station and his father gave him a model engine as a gift. Dan went round and showed everyone his new toy, but Thomas startled him by banging into the buffers too hard. This caused Dan to drop his special toy, breaking it. Thomas felt bad and invited him into his cab as his special birthday guest.
- 2004 - Birthday Engine
The Bank Robbers
- “You're all under arrest!”
- ―a policeman
The Bank Robbers robbed Wellsworth Bank and hid from the police in an old abandoned cottage on the Skarloey Railway with their stolen loot. Peter Sam was alerted to their presence after he saw a strange light come on in the abandoned cottage. Peter Sam then alerted the police who later raided the cottage. One thief tried to make a run for it with the money, but Peter Sam blew his whistle and startled him. The runaway thief tripped over and was quickly apprehended.
- 2004 - Proud Puffer (do not speak)
The Magician and the Witch
- 2005 - Strange Sight
Adam and Debbie
Adam and Debbie are the young children of a stationmaster who works on a station on Thomas' Branch Line. One winters day, Adam and Debbie went shopping with their mum to purchase a toboggan. Unfortunately, all the toy shops had sold out. When Thomas had an accident, it gave their dad an idea and he makes a toboggan in the shape of Thomas!
- 2005 - Slide and Ride
The Soldiers were going to Gordon's Hill with Thomas to embark on a training exercise about coping in cold weather. However, a blizzard caused them to take shelter in Annie and Clarabel. The group of soldiers consisted of an officer and his men.
- 2005 - Really Useful Coaches
- “This hat's just like a funnel!”
Ted is a porter at a station on the North Western Railway. When off-duty, he performs at children's parties as a clown. He is very popular around the town. Once, he performed at a railway staff party where his special hat got run over by Arthur. The Fat Controller then gave Ted one of his old top-hats as a replacement. With the Fat Controller's help, Ted managed to turn the hat into a steam engine's funnel, complete with smoke pouring out of it.
- 2005 - Clowning Around
The Small Boy
- “Can I be the Fat Controller and run the big Main Station, for just a little while!”
- ―The small boy
The Small Boy wanted to run the Main Station. The Fat Controller allowed him to and he was given an old whistle, a top-hat and a timetable. The Small Boy soon gave the Fat Controller his railway back when Murdoch broke down and blocked the line.
- 2006 - Taking Charge
|This article is about 'the porter'. You may be looking for 'the engine or the farmer'.|
- “Great rusty rails!”
- ―Sam, Sleepy Sam, 2007
Sam is a porter at one of the stations on Sodor. He is well known for falling asleep whilst on his train home. This is because he finds the carriages so warm and comfortable. Percy is always sure to blow his whistle to wake Sam up when they reach his station. Once, when he visited the Sodor Railway Museum, he fell asleep in one of their carriages.
Sam has a wife, a young son and a young daughter.
- 2007 - Sleepy Sam
The Ice Artist
The Ice Artist sculpts statues from ice. He works in a public park where Thomas often visits - and accidentally melted the sculptures! S/he is never referred to by gender so it is unconfirmed whether he or she is male or female, but it can be assumed he is male.
- 2008 - The Ice Train!
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The Vet yearly attends the Sodor Horse Show to care for the horses. He also helped to deliver a baby foal on Sunnyhill Farm. He drives a car similar to Sir Topham Hatt's with the word "VET" on the sides.
- 2009 - New Delivery
The Mill Manager
The Mill Manager owns an old windmill. The windmill was undergoing repairs for quite some time and as a sail was lifted into position, it was damaged two days before its grand reopening. The manager is very upset, but Thomas has an idea. They cover the sails in pretty spring flowers to hide the damage on the windmill until further repairs to the sail can be completed. The opening was a great success and the windmill now produces lots of flour and is a grand tourist attraction.
- 2009 - Spring Time Special
The Forest Ranger identified a family of badgers in Henry's Forest.
- 2010 - Trees and Tunnels
The Car Ferry Captain
- “All aboard for Caroline's Cruise!”
- ―The car ferry captain
- 2006 - Caroline's Cruise
The Famous Writer
The Famous Writer is an author. On the day, she was due to sign copies of her latest book at a book shop in Wellsworth, the shop's basement caught fire. Luckily, Daisy arrived and she was able to sign her books inside of the Diesel railcar. As a thank you, she gave Daisy her own book with the inscription: "Dear Daisy, for being a Really Useful railcar".
Very little is known about her as she was not seen in any illustrations.
- 2003 - Books Aboard!
The Fried Fish Man
- “I haven't enough chips!”
- ―The Fried Fish Man
The Fried Fish Man sells fish and chips from his van at various locations around Sodor. One day, he told Terence's driver that business has been slow that day. While Terence's driver bought some fish and chips, Terence's brakes slipped and he collided with a tree, sending potatoes from his cart tumbling onto the railway line. Edward's train was delayed as a result and his waiting passengers, smelling the fish and chips, all bought their supper from the fried fish man. It was not long before the fried fish man was completely sold out.
- 2004 - Frying Tonight
The Injured Mountain Climber
- “Thank you, Harold. I don't know what I'd have done without you."
"It's all in a day's work.”
- ―The Injured Mountain Climber and Harold
The Injured Mountain Climber hurt his leg whilst climbing a mountain on Sodor. Luckily, he was spotted by Harold who dropped a harness and lifted the man to safety. Harold took the injured man to the airfield where an ambulance was waiting to take him to hospital. Before leaving, the relieved mountain climber did not forget to thank Harold.
- 2004 - Harold to the Rescue
- 2008 - Kit's Kennel
S. Jones is a self-employed carpenter. Once, his van broke down on the level crossing and, after pushing it clear, Edward's guard offered him a lift in the brake van. Edward then asks him to build a kennel for his friend, Kit.
- 2008 - Kit's Kennel
- “I've never been mistaken for a thief before!”
- ―The Jeweller
The Jeweller once collected the Fat Controller's watch and his wife's necklace from his office. Edward saw him take them and quickly board Emily's train. Thinking the man had stolen the items, Edward gave chase. Thanks to a signal failure, Edward caught up and his driver and Emily's guard searched for the man. Before being given a chance to explain himself, the Fat Controller arrives and reveals that the man is a jeweller. The man sees the funny side; he's never been mistaken for a thief before.
- 2008 - Stop, Thief!
Mr. Savino owns a coffee shop close to the main station. It nearly did not open in time when Cranky accidentally dropped his coffee roasting machine into the sea. Luckily, the problem was solved by Thomas who suggested roasting the coffee beans in Stepney's firebox.
Sodor Toy Factory Manager
The Sodor Toy Factory Manager is a man who is in charge of the toy factory on Sodor. He allows schoolchildren to have tours of his factory on school trips. He is also rather generous as he always gives the children a bag of free toys for their school. He was responsible for making the game Edward's Escape, based on Edward's brave attempt to apprehend burglars, which was a huge success.
- 2010 - Edward's Escape
- 2010 - Piggy-in-the-middle! (does not speak)
Elsbridge Rovers F.C. Manager
The Elsbridge Rovers F.C. Manager owns the Elsbridge Rovers. He appears to be very supportive of his fans and very generous.
- 2010 - Percy's Poles
The Head Keeper
The head keeper is in charge of the Wildlife Park on Sodor. He once had to stop the schoolchildren from entering the park because of an escaped African deer. The deer was recaptured with the aid of Thomas, who was dressed as a tiger at the time.
- 2007 - Tiger Thomas
- “Ready, steady, pull, Freddie!”
- ―The skipper to Freddie
The Skipper owns a canal boat, which he uses to take loads of timber to the wharf. When his boat breaks down, he relies on a horse named Biscuit, to tow him to the end of the towpath by the wharf. When the towpath ends, he enlists the aid of a Skarloey Railway engine to tow him the rest of the way. It is unknown if he actually owns Biscuit.
- 2011 - Ready Steady Freddie
Sir Rackham owns a prize bull.
His name could come from a character in the fictional comic book series "The Adventures of Tintin".
- Musical Duncan (mentioned)
The Scrapman is an employee at one of the Scrapyards on Sodor. Once, Edward was making a delivery to the yard, when a piece of metal jammed in his wheels. The scrapman assumed that Edward was sent for scrapping and started work despite Edward's desperate pleas. Luckily Trevor and Jem Cole arrived and saved Edward from a terrible fate.
- 2011 - Saved Again (does not speak)
The Scrapyard Inspector
The Scrapyard Inspector works at one of The Scrapyards. When a large piece of scrap fell out off Rosie's trucks and onto the tracks. The Scrapyard Inspector used his crane magnet to pick it up before Gordon came along.
The Film Star
|This article is about 'the Film Star from a 2011 magazine story'. You may be looking for 'the Film Star from a 1997 magazine story'.|
- “Would you like my autograph?”
- ―The Film Star
The Film Star once visited Sodor in her seaplane. Neville, unaware that it was a seaplane, was horrified when it crashed into the sea. When he realised his mistake, Neville was asked to tow the plane to the jetty. The Film Star was very pleased with her smooth ride and, as a sign of gratitude, signed Neville's boiler.
- 2011 - Splashdown!
Smiley the Clown
Smiley the Clown is part of a travelling circus which visits, amongst other places, Sodor. When he's not taking part in the circus performances, he is available for private performances such as birthday parties. He once attended Stephen and Bridget's friend, Sally's birthday party.
- “Hurray! This will be the best birthday party ever!”
- “Joanna's the best baker!”
- ―The engine crews
- 2006 - Cakes at Crosby
The Sodor Railway Jazz Band
The Sodor Jazz Band is a quartet of musicians who are, presumably, employees of the North Western Railway. They perform shows across the island and rehearse in a station waiting room. Bill, Ben and the Diesel are all fans of their music.
- 2006 - Sounds Better (do not speak)
The Artist is an elderly-looking man who often paints pictures of things at the fishing village, including the ships and holidaymakers. Stephen and Bridget took his photo whilst trying out their new camera. He once painted Arthur when his train was delayed by a points failure.
- 2011 - Puffer Portrait
The Acrobats are part of a travelling circus that once visited Sodor. Their act is popular with everyone - including the engines. Once, whilst sticking up posters at a station, they fetched the guard's scarf down from the station roof after Gordon let off steam. They consist of two men and one woman.
- 2011 - Show Time
The Doctor arrived at the main station on Henry's train and was asked by the stationmaster to examine the Fat Controller, who was not feeling well. The doctor told the Fat Controller that he had a chest cough and gave him some medicine. He then examined an ill Henry by listening to his boiler. He concluded that Henry had blocked tubes.
- 2011 - Tube Trouble
Mr. T. Drysdale works as a signwriter on Sodor and is also a talented artist. Thomas asked the signwriter to paint a mural of some passengers to hang on the wall by Annie to cheer her up while she waits for a refit. The signwriter drives a green van with his company's details on the sides.
- 2012 - Smiles All Round (does not speak)
The PriestThe Priest runs the church. When Gordon passes by with the express, the church's bells ring and the priest steps outside and waves to Gordon. The Priest and Gordon are great friends.
- 2012 - Sound Around (cameo)
- “My brand new Express Service will go all over Sodor!”
Simon runs the company Simon's Express Sandwich Service, which distributes sandwiches all over the island. Once, Gordon incorrectly thought that Simon was going to replace his express and completed his run in record time. In doing so, Gordon broke the dining car's cooker. The Fat Controller then rung Simon to order some sandwiches to feed the hungry passengers. He drives an orange-brown van.
- 2012 - Express Delivery!
- “Lights, camera, action!”
- ―Mr. Director
- 2014 - Mystery Fog!
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Jim owns a ride named "Jim's Jungle Ride". It used to be situated at the pier but had to be moved to the Wildlife Park to make way for a bowling alley.
- “Thanks, Joe! It's lucky that you were watching out for me, too!”
Joe is a night watchman for a factory close to a branch line. He has a fire at night to keep warm. He once saved Thomas from running into a landslide. The next day, Thomas returned the favour by giving him some hot coals to relight his fire which had been extinguished by the rain. Joe and Thomas are firm friends.
- 2013 - Joe's Glow!
Farmer Banks is a farmer. Henry delivered a new combine harvester to Banks' farm. But when Farmer Banks had trouble stopping the machine, it crashes onto the line and knocked over a signal. Luckily, Harvey came to the rescue and saves the harvest.
Michael the Painter
Michael the Painter was a new painter on the railway. He was relatively new and one of his first jobs was to repaint Donald and Douglas, who tricked him. He was then to paint Bill and Ben. He is eager and keen to please although somewhat gullible.
Ben the Shepherd
|This article is about 'the human'. You may be looking for 'the steam engine'.|
Ben the Shepherd looks after sheep and has a dog named Jess. Ben is a fairly elderly man who once got trapped in a ditch. His dog, Jess, alerted Thomas and his crew who rescued him.
Dave the Busker
|This article is about 'the busker'. You may be looking for 'the guard'.|
- “I'm Dave the Busker and I travel near and far!”
- ―Dave the Busker, Luggage
Dave the Busker is a busker who carries a guitar and travels around busking.
Coco the Clown
Coco the Clown is a clown.
The White Van Man
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- “My last package and I've loads of time to spare! Now who's this Sir Topham chap?”
- ―The White Van Man
He wears a yellow polo shirt and jeans. He also wears a red baseball cap back to front and trainers.
In the UK, the "White Van Man" is a common phrase used to describe inconsiderate and aggressive drivers of vans, much like the one seen in this story. The term was invented by the BBC radio presenter Sarah Kennedy in 1997.
Jill and Jane
- “Bill and Ben aren't the only playful twins!”
- ―Stephen Hatt
Jill and Jane are mischievous twins and are known for playing tricks. Once, Stephen and Bridget met the twins at the vicar's party at the vicarage orchard. Jill and Jane managed to trick Stephen and Bridget whilst playing hide-and-seek!
- 1998 - Look Alike
|For other uses, see Charlie (disambiguation).|
- “You're much safer, Daisy. I've never fallen off you!”
Charlie is a young boy who is good friends with Daisy. Everyday, Daisy takes Charlie to school on Thomas' Branch Line. However, during a school holiday, Daisy thought that Charlie was travelling on a modern, new engine named Joey. To Daisy's surprise it turned out that Joey is Charlie's horse.
Captain Cosmos is the name of a character from a science fiction television program and comic book. A live show was shown at Elsbridge Football Ground, entitled "Captain Cosmos Goes to Mars".
William is a young boy who is good friends with Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren Stephen and Bridget. Stephen and Bridget were invited to his birthday party, but unfortunately, a leaky tap in the bathroom delayed William's party. The Fat Controller managed to fix the leaky tap and even told the children about his railway.
A young boy called William, who is Percy's driver's nephew, appears in another magazine story. He loves travelling on different modes of transport and while staying with his uncle on Sodor, gets to travel on a ferry, Trevor and inside Percy's cab. He wanted to ride in a helicopter and Percy made his wish come true, when he pretended to break down and Harold came to the rescue. It is currently unknown if it is the same boy in both stories.
- “Don't worry. We're all fine."
"But the xylophone isn't!”
- ―The Sodor Brass Band conductor and the soloist
- 2014 - The Extra-Special Solo
|This article is about 'the Fish & Chip shop owner'. You may be looking for 'the Mid Sodor Railway engine or the other magazine character'.|
Jim is a Fish & Chip shop owner, who is good friends with Sir Topham Hatt. When his car broke down, it was the Fat Controller who came to Jim's rescue.
The Mayor of Wellsworth
|This article is about 'the Mayor of Wellsworth'. You may be looking for 'the Mayor of Sodor'.|
Mavis once had to deliver a statue of The Mayor of Wellsworth, but she did not see what was so special about it. That was until she saved some workmen from a rock fall at the quarry and she was rewarded with her own statue. He also once hosted a dinner at Wellsworth Town Hall for the Fat Controller who admired his ice horse centre-piece.
- 2003 - Frozen Engine (does not speak)
He also appeared in the magazine story Special Statue.
Jed Stone is a farmer. One day, he found out the apples from his orchard had been taken from the trees and eaten. The Fat Controller promised an investigation. Later, Gordon's new horn came handy when he found out that the thief stealing the apples were Jed Stone's horses!
|This article is about 'the sailor'. You may be looking for 'the postman'.|
Tom is a sailor who works at the boatyard on Duck's Branch Line. Originally, the boatyard was for sale until Tom came up with the idea of turning the boatyard into a "Model Boat Museum". Tom and his men had constructed models of old ships and Tom had the job of selling tickets; A job he enjoyed.
The Carnival Queen
- “Just wait until we see James. A princess may have used his carriage but I'm carrying a Queen!”
The Carnival Queen was part of the annual carnival on Sodor. She took a Royal Train Tour around the island with Thomas and Annie who were dressed up to look like a Royal Train. As they travelled around the island, everyone came out to wave at the train as they passed by. Annie thought it was the best day that she can remember and looked forward to boasting to James about it.
- 2014 - The Royal Carriage (does not speak)
The Captain is a friendly old sailor who is friends with Thomas and sees him when he is working on the seaside line. Thomas' Driver once stepped down and talked to The Captain, who told him about different types of clouds and how they could be used to tell the weather. Thomas later used this information to warn BoCo about an incoming storm.
- 1996 - Weather Warning
Mr. Ball and Mrs. BallMr. Ball and Mrs. Ball live and are the owners of Dingley Hall.
One night, Mr. Ball dozed off on James' train and got off at the wrong station. As there are no more trains running, he phoned his wife, who suggests for him to take a walk back home. He enjoyed the stroll so much that by the next day he bought some walking boots from Sodor Trek and Leisure.
- Moonlight Stroll! (Mr. Ball does not speak)
Bill and Tim
Bill and Tim are the names of two porters. They appeared in a magazine counting activity and demonstrate the difference between backwards and forwards.
The Temporary Controller
The Temporary Controller came to manage the railway while the Fat Controller was on holiday. He swaps the engines' jobs around. Donald and Douglas take china clay, Bill and Ben pull the express, Gordon takes scrap, Thomas pulls Henrietta and Toby takes Annie and Clarabel.
- 1996 - The Wrong Work
Bill the Bell Founder
Bill the Bell Founder is a man who owns a workshop that specializes in making bells. One day, Thomas discovers the school bell is broken, Thomas tells Bill, who makes a new one that is placed on top of the school tower.
- 2006- The School Bell
Terry the Main Station ticket officer
Terry, the Main Station ticket officer, loses his glasses one day and gives wrong tickets to all the passengers. An Inspector notices this, and notifies the Fat Controller. Then, Terry and the Station Staff look for his glasses, and they are found in the Lost Property Office. Terry gets them back, and is sure there'll be no more ticket trouble.
- 2008 - Ticket Trouble
The Sodor Launderette ManagerThe Sodor Launderette Manager is the manager of the Sodor Launderette.
Once, he explained to the engines that the laundry machines were filled with too much soap powder, causing soapy water to fill the drains nearby the railway.
The Steeplejack is a craftsman who scales buildings and chimneys to carry out repairs or maintenance.
When Skarloey broke his funnel, he was worried the steeplejack was going to remove it.
- 2008 - Funny Funnel
W. Arkwright is a captain of his own yellow canal boat.
W. Arkwright appears in a magazine story.