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The Workmen are minor characters in The Railway Series and television series, but play an important role in the functioning of the Island of Sodor and abroad. They are always ready to assist in almost any kind of work and are found at almost any landmark.


A workman's uniform usually consists of blue trousers, a black tie, a white shirt, a blue jacket, with brown overalls and either a brown cap or hardhat. Depending on where the workman works, the colour of the uniform may vary (such as orange and red for the workmen at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre), lack a tie and have a logo on the overalls.


Workmen are usually found around, but are not limited to:

Voice Actors

Arlesburgh Harbour Workers:

Australian Railway Workers:

Brazilian Railway Workers:

Bridlington Goods Yard Workers:

Dieselworks Workers:

Dock Workers:

Dryaw Station Workers:

Knapford Station Workers:

Knapford Station Yard Workers:

Knapford Yards Workers:

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; Helping Hiro)

Orchard Workers:

Quarry Workers:

Railway Show Yard Workers:

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; The Great Race)

Rail Workers:

Sodor Search and Rescue Centre Workers:

Steamworks Workers:

Steelworks Workers:

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Steven Kynman (UK/US; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Kenta Miyake (Japan; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Yuta Odagaki (Japan; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Jun'ichi Kanemaru (Japan; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Kozo Dozaka (Japan; Journey Beyond Sodor)

Ulfstead Castle Workers:

Vicarstown Station Workers:

  • Kerry Shale (UK/US; Rosie is Red)
  • Nobuaki Kanemitsu (Japan; Rosie is Red)

Washdown Workers:

Wellsworth Station Workers:


  • Several workmen are currently on display at Drayton Manor and the Hara Model Railway Museum.
  • What the workmen wore in the early era of the television series would be considered unsafe by modern standards. For example they do not wear hardhats, safety vests, or eye protection. This is because the television series is likely set before the 1970s. However, some episodes show quarry workmen and miners wearing hardhats and since the CGI switch-over, hardhats and eye protection have been more present, this means that the current series takes place in the 1970s (possibly the 21st century with Carly's introduction).
  • The workmen also sometimes work as shunters, signalmen and even as the managers and foremen, who become the boss for other workmen, besides Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival and Miss Jenny Packard.
  • To date, only one workman has been named, Albert.
  • Mr. Percival has a workman as his assistant, while Sir Topham Hatt has bodyguards, and Miss Jenny Packard has a foreman as assistance.
  • One workman was the first character to say Sir Topham Hatt's catchphrase, "confusion and delay", in the fifth series episode, Oliver's Find, before the first time Sir Topham Hatt himself says it in the sixth series episode, Dunkin Duncan. Another workman also said it before Sir Topham Hatt in the sixth series episode, Middle Engine.