This page is for minor human characters that only appear in the magazine stories.
|This article is about the characters. You may be looking for the magazine story.|
The Golfers often practice golf in a field along Thomas' Branch Line. One of the golfers is not very good and once hit a golf ball into Thomas' coal bunker. The golfers go to the station where he asks if Thomas' crew have seen their missing golf ball. The Fat Controller returns the man's golf ball, but not before telling him off for hitting the ball at Thomas. The golfer apologises and the Fat Controller talks to him about golf for quite some time and offers to have a game with him one day.
- 1988 - The Golfers (only one speaks)
- 1992 - Lost and Found!
Bert Coke is a coal merchant who has a stall at a large market in a town along Thomas' Branch Line. When Thomas ran out of coal after making a delivery to the market, his driver and fireman purchased six bags of coal from Bert. He has his own lorry which is red.
- 1993 - Food for Thomas (does not speak)
The Bride and Groom
The Bride and Groom got married at a church in 1993. Their wedding car broke down after getting the bride to the church, so the bride, groom, and their guests travelled to their reception in Wellsworth with Thomas.
- 1993 - The Wedding Engine! (do not speak)
The Special Stationmaster
|This article is about the stationmaster. You may be looking for the magazine story.|
The Special Stationmaster was a stationmaster that is popular with the Fat Controller's engines. He earned his nickname, the Special Stationmaster, because he keeps calm and cheerful in times of trouble. His best friends are the engines and he always has a kind word to say about all of them. He retired in 1993 and the Fat Controller arranged for him to live in a house in Wellsworth. Unfortunately, this was not good enough for the stationmaster as he would miss seeing his friends everyday. The Fat Controller later arranges for an old, disused coach to be converted into a house for him. The coach was then placed in a field near his station.
- 1993 - The Special Stationmaster!
The Café Owner
The Café Owner is a retired engine driver who opened up a café next to the seaside. One day, the café burnt down and the owner is very upset. Thomas has an idea though and soon the Fat Controller sends an old coach which has been taken out of service, to be refitted. Thomas then takes it to a seaside siding where it is transformed into a popular new café.
- 1993 - The Carriage Café
The Very Important People
The Very Important People had come to the Island to open a new station on Thomas' Branch Line. Thomas was given the job of collecting them which made James very jealous.
The group consists of a mayor and a man that looks very similar to the Fat Controller, amongst others.
- 1994 - The New Station (do not speak)
The Painter and Decorator
- 1995 - A Desk for Daisy!
Bobo the Clown
Bobo is a clown who has appeared in a few Play and Learn magazine stories.
The Coalman delivers coal to places all over the Sodor, including the theatre at Wellsworth. He once helped Thomas by giving him some coal when the tank engine was running low. Thomas later returned the favour when the coalman's lorry broke down.
- 1997 - Carrying Coal!
The Black-bearded Man
The Black-bearded Man was a rather scruffy-looking passenger who was waiting on a platform whilst Farmer Collett and the stationmaster where judging a scarecrow competition. Henry mistook him for one of the scarecrows, which the man took as a compliment as the scarecrows were fairly smartly dressed. He went on to help judge the competition and finally pick a winner.
- 1998 - The Scarecrow Competition!
Nurse O'Neill is a nurse at Sodor Hospital. On the day of the nurses' fancy dress party, she fell over at Wellsworth station and sprained her wrist. This gave Gordon an idea and he suggests that she goes to the party as a wounded soldier. So she borrows her father's army uniform and that's what she does.
- 1998 - Fancy Dress!
Mr. O'Neill is the father of Nurse O'Neill. He once lent his old army uniform to his daughter for a fancy dress party.
- 1998 - Fancy Dress!
The End of the Rainbow Owner
This smartly-dressed man owns a shop called "The End of the Rainbow". He once arranged with the Fat Controller to have some wagons repainted in bright colours with his shop name on the sides. Then, he asks for James to take do the stock run from the shop pulling the wagons. With bright red James at the front, the train looks like a rainbow which is good publicity for his shop.
- 2000 - The End of the Rainbow!
The Art Thief
The Art Thief stole a very valuable old painting from the art gallery. He hid from police inside a truck in Percy's train. Percy told the police where he was and he was quickly arrested and the painting was returned to the gallery.
- 2001 - Percy's Picture (does not speak)
The Art Gallery Manager
The Art Gallery Manager runs the art gallery which is located near a railway station. A very expensive picture was once stolen and the gallery manager called for the police. The thief was arrested and the picture was returned.
- 2001 - Percy's Picture
|This article is about the Small Boy. You may be looking for Stephen Hatt or the steam engine.|
Stephen is a young boy who travels to school on Bertie. Bertie has stated that Stephen is his favourite passenger.
- 2002 - Birthday Bus
Stephen's mother arranged a party for Stephen at the local village hall, but the party ended up being held on their good friend Bertie when the hall was flooded. In the puzzle that made up the story, she looks a lot older than she does in the illustration.
- 2002 - Birthday Bus
The Elderly Lady
The Elderly Lady was a passenger on Thomas' train that runs from the Main Station to the Shopping Centre. At the Shopping Centre, she dropped her shopping on the platform and Thomas' driver had to help her pick it up. When the Fat Controller arrived, he reprimanded Thomas for being late, but the elderly lady interrupted him, saying how kind Thomas' driver had been. She owns a poodle.
- 2002 - Time Trouble!
Paul Walford is a professional photographer. He was employed to help promote Dingley Hall, but The Horrid Lorries kept ruining his shots. The problem was resolved when the hall manager set up a no entry sign to stop the lorries.
His name could come from the fictional setting of the BBC soap, "EastEnders".
- 2002 - In the Picture
Dingley Hall's Manager
Dingley Hall's Manager runs the refined Hotel, Dingley Hall.
- 2002 - In the Picture
The two Smartly-dressed Women
The two Smartly-dressed Women were passengers on Henry's train. They like to visit factories to find out how different things are made. One day, they spilt some "Sodor Dew" in one of Henry's carriages causing a curious scent. They appear to be quite posh and elegant.
- 2002 - What's That Smell?
|This article is about the little boy. You may be looking for the pop star.|
Danny is in charge of hiring deckchairs to holidaymakers on the beach, but one day, Lorry 1 crushed his store-shed. Danny was worried that the tide might wash his chairs away, so his good friend, Bulstrode, tells him to stow the deckchairs safely in his hull overnight. The next morning, Danny mends his store-shed and has a gift for Bulstrode - a roll of stripy deckchair material to cover his hull so that Bulstrode does not get continuously hit with beach balls and kites.
He is very kind and in the event of a deckchair being torn, he never seems annoyed. He just takes the damaged chairs home and mends them with stripy deckchair canvas that he keeps for just such an occasion.
- 2002 - Take Cover!
- 2003 - Feeling Fine
Fred the Fogman
- 2003 - Seeing Smoke
The Sculptor is a well-respected and versatile sculptor. She hosts sculpture shows at her shop somewhere along the Skarloey Railway. One winter, she carved a fish in a frozen waterfall, which everyone loved.
- 2005 - Ice Carving (does not speak)
The Mine InspectorThe Mine Inspector is an inspector, who Peter Sam was afraid of. When Peter Sam decides to rest near a mine he hears noises and thinks it is a ghost. The Inspector comes out of the mine and Peter Sam is relieved that it was not a ghost.
- 2005 - Mine Mystery
|This article is about the former snack bar manager. You may be looking for the Talyllyn Railway diesel engine, the cleaner, the excavator or the Story Library book.|
Alf ran the snack bar at the Main Station for many years until he retired in 2005. Upon his retirement, no suitable replacements could be found, hence the snack bar closed. Later on, Nelly was hired to run it. Alf's food was said to be so delicious that James had to blow his whistle to remind the passengers to catch their train. He used to joke that the passengers would rather miss their train than Alf's food!
- 2005 - What's Cooking? (does not speak)
Nelly is a retired school dinner-lady and the current manager of the snack bar at the Main Station. When Alf retired, the Fat Controller could not find a suitable replacement and the snack bar was closed. Days later, James came across a broken rail and whilst he and his crew waited for it to be repaired, Nelly gave them coffee and home-made cakes that she had made in her nearby cottage. After James told the Fat Controller about her, she was immediately hired to run the snack bar.
- 2005 - What's Cooking?
Tigerwoman and The Fang
Tigerwoman and The Fang are superheroes. Two people disguised as Tigerwoman and The Fang attended the Elsbridge Carnival.
- 2003 - Super Heroes!
Webman is a famous super hero. A man dressed as Webman was to attend the Elsbridge Carnival. He was due to arrive in Harold who had been disguised to remember Webman's own helicopter. Unfortunately, Harold is called out to assist in catching a jewel thief. Webman goes along too and lends his web to the police officers who are able to get the thief tangled in it. Unfortunately, he does not make it to the carnival, but the next morning, Webman appears on the front page of the Sodor News newspaper. He is based on Marvel Comic's Spiderman, though his costume is more similar to Captain America.
- 2003 - Super Heroes!
The Canoeist took part in a river race. On the day prior to the race, the canoeist dropped his paddle in the water while practising and had to be rescued by James. On the day of the race, he managed to save the Mayor's hat when it was dropped into the river. Despite this, the canoeist still managed to take first place and was presented with a silver cup.
- 2004 - The River Race
The Jewel Thief
The Jewel Thief stole a bag of jewels and a van to escape in. The van ran out of petrol in the middle of the field and the thief makes his way towards some woods on foot. Before he can reach the woods, two policemen drop a web on him from Harold. The web had been supplied by Webman who had been on his way to a carnival at Elsbridge. The jewel thief, now tangled in the web, surrenders. The following morning, the jewel thief, the arresting officers, Harold and Webman all appeared on the front page of the Sodor News newspaper.
- 2003 - Super Heroes! (does not speak)
Dan is Duck's driver's son. One year, on his birthday, Dan comes to the station and his father gives him a model engine as a gift. Dan goes round and shows everyone his new toy, but Thomas startles him by banging into the buffers too hard. This causes Dan to drop his special toy, breaking it. Thomas feels bad and invites him into his cab as his special birthday guest.
- 2004 - Birthday Engine
The Bank Robbers
The Bank Robbers robbed Wellsworth Bank and hid from the police in an old abandoned cottage on the Skarloey Railway with their stolen loot. Peter Sam was alerted to their presence after he saw a strange light come on in the abandoned cottage. Peter Sam then alerted the police and the cottage was raided by the police. One thief tried to make a run for it with the money, but Peter Sam blew his whistle and startled him. The runaway thief tripped over and was quickly apprehended.
- 2004 - Proud Puffer (do not speak)
The Magician and the Witch
- 2005 - Strange Sight
Adam and Debbie
Adam and Debbie are the young children of a stationmaster who works on a station on Thomas' Branch Line. One winters day, Adam and Debbie went shopping with their mum to purchase a toboggan. Unfortunately, all the toy shops had sold out. When Thomas has an accident, it gives their dad an idea and he makes a toboggan in the shape of Thomas!
- 2005 - Slide and Ride
The Soldiers were going to Gordon's Hill with Thomas to embark on a training exercise about coping in cold weather. However, a blizzard caused them to take shelter in Annie and Clarabel. The group of soldiers consisted of an officer and his men.
- 2005 - Really Useful Coaches
The Small Boy
The Small Boy wanted to run the Main Station. The Fat Controller allows him to and he is given an old whistle, a top-hat, and a timetable. The Small Boy soon gives the Fat Controller his railway back when Murdoch breaks down and blocks the line.
- 2006 - Taking Charge
|This article is about the porter. You may be looking for the engine or the farmer.|
Sam is a porter at one of the stations on Sodor. He is well known for falling asleep whilst on his train home. This is because he finds the carriages so warm and comfortable. Percy is always sure to blow his whistle to wake Sam up when they reach his station. Once, when he visited the Sodor Railway Museum, he fell asleep in one of their carriages.
Sam has a wife, a young son and a young daughter.
- 2007 - Sleepy Sam
The Ice Artist
The Ice Artist sculpts statues from ice. He works in a public park where Thomas often visits - and accidentally melts the sculptures! He is never referred to by gender so it is unconfirmed whether he or she is male or female, but it can be assumed he is male.
- 2008 - The Ice Train!
|This article is about the magazine character. You may be looking for the television series character.|
The Vet yearly attends the Sodor Horse Show to care for the horses. He also helped to deliver a baby foal on Sunnyhill Farm. He drives a car similar to Sir Topham Hatt's with the word "VET" on the sides.
- 2009 - New Delivery
The Mill Manager
The Mill Manager owns an old windmill. The windmill was undergoing repairs for quite some time and as a sail was lifted into position, it was damaged two days before it's grand reopening. The manager is very upset, but Thomas has an idea. They cover the sails in pretty spring flowers to hide the damage on the windmill until further repairs to the sail can be completed. The opening was a great success and the windmill now produces lots of flour and is a grand tourist attraction.
- 2009 - Spring Time Special
The Forest Ranger identified a family of badgers in Henry's Forest.
- 2010 - Trees and Tunnels
The Car Ferry Captain
- 2006 - Caroline's Cruise
The Famous Writer
The Famous Writer is an author. On the day, she is due to sign copies of her latest book at a book shop in Wellsworth, the shop's basement catches on fire. Luckily, Daisy arrives and she is able to sign her books inside of the Diesel railcar. As a thank you, she gives Daisy her own book with the inscription: "Dear Daisy, for being a Really Useful railcar".
Very little is known about her as she was not seen in any illustrations.
- 2003 - Books Aboard!
- 2008 - Kit's Kennel
S. Jones is a self-employed carpenter. Once, his van broke down on the level crossing and, after pushing it clear, Edward's guard offered him a lift in the brakevan. Edward then asks him to build a kennel for his friend, Kit.
- 2008 - Kit's Kennel
Mr. Savino owns a coffee shop close to the main station. It nearly didn't open in time when Cranky accidentally dropped his coffee roasting machine into the sea. Luckily, the problem was solved by Thomas who suggested roasting the coffee beans in Stepney's firebox.
Sodor Toy Factory Manager
The Sodor Toy Factory Manager is a man who is in charge of the toy factory on Sodor. He allows schoolchildren to have tours of his factory on school trips. He is also rather generous as he always gives the children a bag of free toys for their school. He was responsible for making the game Edward's Escape, based on Edward's brave attempt to apprehend burglars, which was a huge success.
- 2010 - Edward's Escape
- 2010 - Piggy-in-the-middle! (does not speak)
Elsbridge Rovers F.C. Manager
The Elsbridge Rovers F.C. Manager owns the Elsbridge Rovers. He appears to be very supportive of his fans and very generous.
- 2010 - Percy's Poles
The Head Keeper
The head keeper is in charge of the Wildlife Park on Sodor. He once had to stop the schoolchildren from entering the park because of an escaped African deer. The deer was recaptured with the aid of Thomas, who was dressed as a tiger at the time.
- 2007 - Tiger Thomas
The Skipper owns a canal boat, which he uses to take loads of timber to the wharf. When, his boat breaks down he relies on a horse named Biscuit, to tow him to the end of the towpath by the wharf. When the towpath ends, he enlists the aid of a Skarloey Railway engine to tow him the rest of the way. It is unknown if he actually owns Biscuit.
- 2011 - Ready Steady Freddie
Sir Rackham owns a prize bull.
His name could come from a character in the fictional comic book series "The Adventures of Tintin".
- Musical Duncan (mentioned)
The Scrapman is an employee at one of the Scrapyards on Sodor. Once, Edward was making a delivery to the yard, when a piece of metal jammed in his wheels. The scrapman assumes that Edward was sent for scrapping and starts work despite Edward's desperate pleas. Luckily Trevor and Jem Cole arrive and save Edward from a terrible fate.
- 2011 - Saved Again (does not speak)
The Film Star
The Film Star once visited Sodor in her seaplane. Neville, unaware that it was a seaplane, was horrified when it crashed into the sea. When he realised his mistake, Neville was asked to tow the plane to the jetty. The Film Star was very pleased with her smooth ride and, as a sign of gratitude, signed Neville's boiler.
- 2011 - Splashdown!
Smiley the Clown
Smiley the Clown is part of a travelling circus which visits, amongst other places, Sodor. When he's not taking part in the circus performances, he is available for private performances such as birthday parties. He once attended Stephen and Bridget's friend, Sally's birthday party.
Sally is a friend of Bridget and Stephen Hatt.
Joanna is a baker who owns Joanna's Bakery which is situated opposite Crosby Station. She is very popular amongst the engine crews and station staff who all agree she is the best baker on the island. She once made a big birthday cake for the Crosby stationmaster as a surprise.
- 2006 - Cakes at Crosby
The Sodor Railway Jazz Band
The Sodor Jazz Band is a quartet of musicians who are, presumably, employees of the North Western Railway. They perform shows across the island and rehearse in a station waiting room. Bill, Ben and the Diesel are all fans of their music.
- 2006 - Sounds Better (do not speak)
The Artist is an elderly-looking man who often paints pictures of things at the fishing village, including the ships and holidaymakers. Stephen and Bridget took his photo whilst trying out their new camera. He once painted Arthur when his train was delayed by a points failure.
- 2011 - Puffer Portrait
The Acrobats are part of a travelling circus that once visited Sodor. Their act is popular with everyone - including the engines. Once, whilst sticking up posters at a station, they fetched the guard's scarf down from the station roof after Gordon let off steam. They consist of two men and one woman.
- 2011 - Show Time
The Doctor arrived at the main station on Henry's train and was asked by the stationmaster to examine the Fat Controller, who was not feeling well. The doctor tells the Fat Controller that he has a chest cough and gives him some medicine. He then examines an ill Henry by listening to his boiler. He concludes that Henry has blocked tubes.
- 2011 - Tube Trouble
Mr. T. Drysdale works as a signwriter on Sodor and is also a talented artist. Thomas asks the signwriter to paint a mural of some passengers to hang on the wall by Annie to cheer her up while she waits for a refit. The signwriter drives a green van with his company's details on the side.
- 2012 - Smiles All Round (does not speak)
The PriestThe Priest runs the church. When Gordon passes by with the express, the church's bells ring and the priest steps outside and waves to Gordon. The Priest and Gordon are great friends.
- 2012 - Sound Around (cameo)
Simon runs the company "Simon's Express Sandwich Service" which distributes sandwiches all over the island. Once, Gordon incorrectly thought that Simon was going to replace his express and completed his run in record time. In doing so, Gordon breaks the dining car's cooker. The Fat Controller then rings Simon to order some sandwiches to feed the hungry passengers. He drives a brown van.
- 2012 - Express Delivery!
Mr. Director is a movie director who was making a mystery movie at Cronk station. Thomas delivered a fog machine to the station for Mr. Director to use, but a porter dropped it and smashed it. Thomas had a very good idea and offered to blow steam over the actors which would look just like fog. Mr. Director agreed and was very happy with the result.
- 2014 - Mystery Fog!
|This article is about the magazine character. You may be looking for the Mid Sodor Railway engine or the other magazine character.|
Jim owns a ride named "Jim's Jungle Ride". It used to be situated at the pier but had to be moved to the Wildlife Park to make way for a bowling alley.
Joe is a night watchman for a factory close to a branch line. He has a fire at night to keep warm. He once saved Thomas from running into a landslide. The next day, Thomas returned the favour by giving him some hot coals to relight his fire which had been extinguished by the rain. Joe and Thomas are firm friends.
- 2013 - Joe's Glow!
Farmer Banks is a farmer. Henry delivered a new combine harvester to Banks' farm. But when Farmer Banks had trouble stopping the machine, it crashes onto the line and knocked over a signal. Luckily, Harvey came to the rescue and saves the harvest.
Michael the Painter
Michael the Painter is a new painter on the railway. He is relatively new and one of his first jobs was to repaint Donald and Douglas, who tricked him. He was then to paint Bill and Ben. He is eager and keen to please although somewhat gullible.
Ben the Shepherd
|This article is about the human. You may be looking for the steam engine.|
Ben the Shepherd looks after sheep and has a dog named Jess. Ben is a fairly elderly man who once got trapped in a ditch. His dog, Jess, alerted Thomas and his crew who rescued him.
Dave the Busker
|This article is about the busker. You may be looking for the guard.|
Dave the Busker is a busker who carries a guitar and travels around busking.
Coco the Clown
Coco the Clown is a clown.
The White Van Man
|This article is about the person. You may be looking for the magazine story.|
The White Van Man is a delivery man who drives a white van. He is famous for being reckless and always rushing. He has been to Sodor to make deliveries to George's driver and Sir Topham Hatt. Whilst on the island he almost collides with Bertie and gets rather impatient at crossing gates. While delivering a package to Sir Topham, he parks his van in front of the Fat Controller's car and gets clamped. He then misses his ferry home. It is assumed he lives on the Mainland.
He wears a yellow polo shirt and jeans. He also wears a red baseball cap back to front and trainers.
In the UK, the "White Van Man" is a common phrase used to describe inconsiderate and aggressive drivers of vans, much like the one seen in this story. The term was invented by the BBC radio presenter Sarah Kennedy in 1997.
Jill and Jane
Jill and Jane are mischievous twins and are known for playing tricks. Once, Stephen and Bridget met the twins at the vicar's party at the vicarage orchard. Jill and Jane managed to trick Stephen and Bridget whilst playing hide-and-seek!
- 1998 - Look Alike
|This article is about the little boy. You may be looking for the tank engine, the parrot, the Vicar, the Story Library book or the songwriter.|
Charlie is a young boy who is good friends with Daisy. Everyday, Daisy takes Charlie to school on Thomas' Branch Line. However, during a school holiday, Daisy thought that Charlie was travelling on a modern, new engine named Joey. To Daisy's surprise it turned out that Joey is Charlie's horse.
Captain Cosmos is the name of a character from a science fiction television program and comic book. A live show was shown at Elsbridge Football Ground, entitled "Captain Cosmos Goes to Mars".
William is a young boy who is good friends with Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren Stephen and Bridget. Stephen and Bridget were invited to his birthday party, but unfortunately, a leaky tap in the bathroom is delaying William's party. The Fat Controller manages to fix the leaky tap, and even told the children about his railway.
A young boy called William, who is Percy's driver's nephew, appears in another magazine story. He loves travelling on different modes of transport and while staying with his uncle on Sodor, gets to travel on a ferry, Trevor and inside Percy's cab. He wanted to ride in a helicopter and Percy makes his wish come true, when he pretends to break down and Harold comes to the rescue. It is currently unknown if it is the same boy in both stories.
The Soloist joined the Sodor Brass Band to perform a xylophone solo at an extra-special concert on the platform at Maithwaite Station. Unfortunately, during his journey on Thomas, the xylophone gets broken. Luckily, the Brass Band's conductor has an idea when he hears the noise Thomas makes when going over some uneven sleeps at Maithwaite. During the concert, when it is time for the xylophone concert, the soloist climbs into Thomas and together they roll back and forth over the damaged line.
- 2014 - The Extra-Special Solo
|This article is about the Fish & Chip shop owner. You may be looking for the Mid Sodor Railway engine or the other magazine character.|
Jim is a Fish & Chip shop owner, who is good friends with Sir Topham Hatt. When his car broke down, it was the Fat Controller who came to Jim's rescue.
|This article is about the pop star. You may be looking for the little boy.|
|This article is about the DJ. You may be looking for the mountain engine.|
The Mayor of Wellsworth
|This article is about the Mayor of Wellsworth. You may be looking for the Mayor of Sodor.|
Mavis once had to deliver a statue of The Mayor of Wellsworth, but she did not see what was so special about it. That was until she saved some workmen from a rock fall at the quarry, and she was rewarded with her own statue.
Jed Stone is a farmer. One day, he found out the apples from his orchard had been taken from the trees and eaten. The Fat Controller promised an investigation. Later, Gordon's new horn came handy when he found out that the thief stealing the apples were Jed Stone's horses!
|This article is about the sailor. You may be looking for the postman.|
Tom is a sailor who works at the boatyard on Duck's Branch Line. Originally, the boatyard was for sale until Tom came up with the idea of turning the boatyard into a "Model Boat Museum". Tom and his men had constructed models of old ships, and Tom had the job of selling tickets; A job he enjoyed.
The Carnival Queen
The Carnival Queen was part of the annual carnival on Sodor. She took a Royal Train Tour around the island with Thomas and Annie who were dressed up to look like a Royal Train. As they travel around the island, everyone comes out to wave at the train as they pass by. Annie thinks it is the best day that she can remember and looks forward to boasting to James about it.
- 2014 - The Royal Carriage (does not speak)
Bobo the clown
Bobo is a clown which is the magazine version of Mr Bubbles.