The Workmen have been 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 SS&RC workmen), lack a tie and have a logo on the overalls
Workmen are usually found around, but are not limited to:
- Shunting Yards
- Any maintenance work or project
- Flour Mills
- Signal Boxes
- Water Towers
- Fuel Storage Tanks
- Sodor Ironworks
- The Works
- Sodor Steamworks
- Vicarstown Dieselworks
- The Coaling Plant
- The Coal Hopper
- Coal Hoppers
- Quarries and Mines
- Railway Lines/Trackworks
- Railway Sidings
- Level Crossings
- The Lumber Mill
- Sodor Search and Rescue Centre
- Sodor Airport
- Whiff's Waste Dump
- Sodor Shipping Company
- Crocks Scrap Yard
- The Steelworks (Mainland)
- The Great Railway Show Yard (Mainland)
- Bridlington Goods Yard (Mainland)
- 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 TV 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 episode Oliver's Find, before the first time Sir Topham Hatt himself says it in Dunkin Duncan. Another workman also said it before Sir Topham Hatt in Middle Engine.