drivers, often called engineers in recent US narrations, drive and maintain the engines and, along with the fireman, keep the engines in control and provide a voice of reason when an engine is being difficult.
A driver's uniform consists of blue trousers, a black tie, a white shirt with a blue jacket over it, and a blue cap. The drivers on the Skarloey Railway wear the same outfits, but in grey instead of blue.
Ryōichi Tanaka ( Japan; )
Thomas' Train, Thomas and the Trucks, and Thomas and the Breakdown Train Takeshi Endo ( Japan; )
first - second seasons Kōzō Shioya ( Japan; )
Thomas Gets Bumped, Thomas, Percy and the Dragon, No Joke for James, Thomas, Percy and the Post Train, Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure, Thomas and Stepney, and Thomas and the Special Letter Yasuhiko Tokuyama ( Japan; )
fifth season Moriya Endo ( Japan; )
James and the Trouble with Trees, Gordon and the Gremlin, and Something in the Air Toshio Kobayashi ( Japan; )
sixth season Keiji Hirai ( Japan; )
Too Hot for Thomas
Takeshi Endo ( Japan; )
Thomas, Percy and the Coal, Percy and Harold, and Jack Frost Kōzō Shioya ( Japan; )
Percy and the Signal, Ghost Train, Woolly Bear, Percy's Promise, Thomas, Percy and the Post Train, and Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure Toshio Kobayashi ( Japan; Thomas, Percy and the Dragon, )
Special Attraction, and Mind that Bike Yūki Satō ( Japan; )
Percy, James and the Fruitful Day, Percy's Chocolate Crunch, and Percy's New Whistle Yūsuke Numata ( Japan; )
A Surprise for Percy Ryōtarō Okiayu ( Japan; )
Percy Gets it Right
Yūki Satō ( Japan; )
Escape Ryōtarō Okiayu ( Japan; Bad Day at Castle Loch)
Bill and Ben's drivers:
Sir Handel's driver:
Nobuhiko Kazama ( Japan; Four Little Engines and A Bad Day for Sir Handel)
Peter Sam's driver:
Yūki Satō ( Japan; )
fourth and seventh seasons Hisao Egawa ( Japan; Rusty and the Boulder)
Ryō Horikawa ( Japan; Dunkin Duncan)
In newer episodes of Thomas & Friends, drivers and firemen act almost purely as background characters and are very rarely acknowledged.
In the Magazine Series, drivers on the Narrow Gauge Railway where the same colour uniform of those on the Standard Gauge railway.
To date, eight drivers have been named: Charlie Sand, Edward's driver, Ted, Henry's driver, Joe, Culdee's driver, Bob, Thomas' driver in the CGI series, Mr. Arkwright, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Roberts.
There have been recent complaints about the lack of female drivers. Mary Creagh, a labour Front-bencher, has said it was a negative stereotype, and says it will make women less likely to become train drivers if they are put off in their early years. She also criticised the lack of female characters. HiT Entertainment responded saying there has been a "historical imbalance" but that there will be more female characters/engines in development.
Thomas' driver with
Henry's driver and fireman in the Railway Series
Henry's driver and fireman
Gordon's driver and fireman
Duck's Driver and Fireman
Emily's Driver in CGI with a mustache
Arthur's driver coated with fruit
Gator's Driver with a Quarry worker
Percy's Driver in a magazine story
Peter Sam's Driver in a Magazine story
Thomas and his Driver in a My first Thomas book