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This page is for minor human characters that feature in the annual stories.

The Important Visitor

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The Important Visitor once had a very important meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Kyndley. Unfortunately, both the road and railway were blocked with deep snowdrifts. At Thomas' suggestion, Terence comes to the rescue to clear the line for them. The important visitor manages gets to the meeting and the Fat Controller is very pleased with them.

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The Naturalists

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The Naturalists were a group of people that studied birds and plants. They were booked on an excursion with Bertie to take them into the hills. But the next day Bertie feels ill, so Algy takes them instead. When Algy stalled at some traffic lights, the naturalists had to push Algy to the hills. Algy's driver tried to mend him, while the naturalists went off looking for birds and plants. But when the naturalists came back an hour later, Algy is still not fixed. The naturalists decide to have their picnic to pass the time. Thankfully, Bertie swerved around the corner, ready to continue the naturalists' trip.

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The Vicar of Ffarquhar

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The Vicar of Ffarquhar once forgot his Father Christmas costume at Ffarquhar station. Thomas then had the idea to have Percy bring it to him.

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The Bus Driver

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The Bus Driver was a new bus driver who was known for being very rude towards Toby. Thomas and Toby are cross, but when the bus driver's bus loses a wheel, Toby comes to the rescue, to the chagrin of the bus driver.

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The Elderly Lady

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The Elderly Lady was a passenger travelling on Thomas' train with her cat. The lady gave her cat to her daughter, who wanted to look after him while she went away for Christmas. But when Thomas stops at Dryaw, the cat jumps out of the basket and runs away. Luckily for her, the passengers search for the cat while the crew fills Thomas' water tanks with snow instead of water, due to frozen water columns. But as Thomas' crew finishes filling his water tanks, they find the cat hidden in a heap of snow. Soon after, the cat is dry and warm and his owner places him safely back in the basket and the train leaves on its way.

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The Foreign Passengers

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The Foreign Passengers were an elderly couple that travelled in Toby and Henrietta. Unfortunately, the two passengers missed their stop and end up at Dryaw. They could not understand English also. Later, Percy chuffed in with some trucks and the guard gave them a comfortable ride in his brake van. In return, the two gave Percy's crew gloves and scarves and a thank you letter addressed to the Fat Controller.

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The Archaeologists

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The Archaeologists were a group of people looking for some old pottery near Thomas' branch line. Opposite to the field, Terence was ploughing through a small field near Hackenbeck Halt. As they work, Terence's plough unearths some dirty old pottery. When the Tidmouth museum curator comes to investigate, it turns out that the archaeologists had taken an out-of-date map and were digging on the wrong side of the railway.

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The Thieves

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The Thieves were once witnessed by Bill and Ben stealing things. Prior to this, Bill and Ben were warned to be on their guard, but the two did not understand what it meant. One night, Ben heard some noises overnight and saw a dark shadow. It turns out to be some thieves. They were shocked when they went between a door in the shed and saw what they thought was the same engine. After going back and forth between the twins for a while, the thieves make a run for it. The next day, Bill and Ben tell their drivers about it and think that the thieves were trying to play hide and seek with them. However, their crews were sceptical about the twins' claims.

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The Climbers

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The Climbers once booked Bertie on a climbing excursion. Bertie's engine would not start on the day of the excursion. So Bertie's friend Algy had to collect the climbers instead. When Algy stalled at some traffic lights, the climbers had to push Algy to avoid traffic. After they arrive at their destination and the climbers have their lunch, Algy's driver tries to start him again. But this time, all hope is lost and everyone is stranded. Luckily, Bertie is called and saves the day.

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The Foreign Visitors

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The Foreign Visitors were passengers on one of James' trains. They could not speak much English and thought that the cord above the carriage's door was for calling the buffet car attendant. They did not realise that they had pulled the emergency break causing James' brakes to lock. When the guard came to see what the problem was, the foreign visitors attempted to order four cups of coffee.

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Ted

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Ted is the name of Henry's driver. During Christmas, Ted constantly practised carols during the day for the carol service on Christmas Eve. On the night before the service, Ted lets the engines use their tuned whistling to help him practice. But when the church organ broke, Ted had an idea and before long, the engine orchestra were whistling the tunes to the Christmas carols. The night proves to be a great success and the Fat Controller was pleased with all of his engines.

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Mr. Bjork

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Mr. Bjork was a visiting engineer from Lapland. Thomas had to take him around the island to repair signal boxes. As a present, he made an ice sculpture of Thomas. Unfortunately, it melts in Thomas' warm cab, much to the other engines amusement. Thomas is sad, but also surprised at what he sees at the sheds the next morning; a huge ice sculpture of the Fat Controller and some of his engines.

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Bob Flowers

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Bob Flowers is a nursery owner who lives next to the railway with his wife. Thomas once helped him carry boxes of flowers that he needed to use for his float in a carnival. Bob later helped Thomas' driver enter the Blooming Railways contest by helping to decorate a station with flower seeds and bulbs.

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David and Danny

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David and Danny were two twins that Thomas could not tell apart. With help from Donald, Douglas, Bill and Ben, Thomas managed to tell them apart.

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Farmer Mills

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Farmer Mills is a bee keeper, a person who keeps honey bees. Once, Thomas and Henry had to help Farmer Mills calm down his bees.

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Bob the Punch and Judy man

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Bob is a puppeteer who organises a show for the children. When a gust of wind blows his tent away into the trees, he did not know what to do and is about to pack his things when Thomas has an idea. To save the show Bob uses Thomas' cab as his puppet theatre. The show was a success and everyone was happy.

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