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Tom Tipper is a postman who services Ffarquhar (Callan in the television series).


The Railway Series

Tom once fell ill and when he returned he found his chief had decided a bike was more economical than a Post Van. One morning, Tom was asked to fill in some forms. In a hurry, he propped his bike against the platform fencing and asked Percy to keep his eye on it. As Percy prepared to leave, later on, a boy climbed on the bike, rode out of control down the platform ramp and fell off, while the bike was crushed beneath Percy's wheels. Tom was disappointed, but his chief decided to give him a new post van, much to his delight.

He has retired from the Post Office now and lives a quiet life with his wife in a cottage near Ffarquhar Station.

Thomas & Friends

Tom reprises his role from the Railway Series. However, unlike the books, he carelessly left his bike propped against one of Percy's mail vans after he was told to sign some important papers for the Fat Controller. When Percy tried to warn Tom, he was out of earshot and his driver did not see the bike. As a result of Percy moving forward, the bike falls beneath the vans and is torn to pieces.

Once, Samson mistook his bike for some scrap, which annoyed him. He chased after Samson and his truck of scrap and managed to get to the scrap yard, with the aid of Bertie, just in time to save his bike.


Tom Tipper wears a postman's uniform, which consists of a dark blue jacket with red markings over a white shirt, a black tie and dark blue trousers, with a dark blue cap with a red brim.


Voice Actors


  • George Carlin gave Tom Tipper a Scottish accent in the US narration. However, Michael Angelis gave him a normal British accent while Keith Wickham depicts him with a West Country accent.
  • Tom Tipper was the first human character that Christopher Awdry created that was introduced in the TV series.