This section is for characters who only or first appeared in the Railway Series, listed in chronological appearance. For characters that first or only appeared in the television series see: Minor Human Characters in the Television Series.
The Little Boys
Several groups of three or more young boys have appeared at various times. They have told Edward and his crew that the guard was coming, confused Gordon for a tank engine and falling into a ditch, thrown stones on Henry, fiddled with James' controls, taunted Daisy with "bull's-eyes", lauded Sir Handel for racing George and got trapped inside the waiting room at Maithwaite, because of the ram.
- The Three Railway Engines - Edward's Day Out
- Troublesome Engines - Tenders and Turntables
- Henry the Green Engine - Henry's Sneeze (do not speak)
- Gordon the Big Engine - Off the Rails
- Edward the Blue Engine - Old Iron (not seen)
- The Eight Famous Engines - Double Header
- Branch Line Engines - Bulls Eyes
- Gallant Old Engine - Steam Roller
- Really Useful Engines - Mind that Bike (do not speak)
- Season 1 - Tenders and Turntables and Off the Rails
- Season 3 - Time for Trouble and Thomas Gets Bumped
- Season 4 - Steam Roller and Bulls Eyes (one speaks)
- Season 5 - Baa!
The Lady in the Black Bonnet
At Maron, Edward told James of the time he had to push Gordon up a hill. James laughed so much he surprised an old lady as she was carrying some parcels. She dropped them and the stationmaster and some porters had to pick them up for her.
The Old Lady with the Umbrella
The Fire Brigade
The fire brigade were seen riding in a fire engine in Gordon's Whistle after hearing Gordon whistling and mistaking the noise for a fire siren.
The Stone-dropping Boys
Three boys found it fun to drop stones on Henry as he passed underneath a bridge, causing minor damage to several carriage windows and Henry's boiler and hitting the fireman on the head. Although the passengers wanted to call the police, Henry's crew persuaded them to let them get their own revenge by showering them, as well as some friends who came to watch, with ashes from Henry's fire.
- Henry the Green Engine - Henry's Sneeze (do not speak)
- Gordon the High-Speed Engine - Smokescreen (mentioned)
- Season 1 - Edward, Gordon and Henry (one only; cameo), The Flying Kipper (cameo) and Whistles and Sneezes (do not speak)
- Season 6 - Thomas the Jet Engine (one only; cameo)
- Season 7 - Emily's New Coaches (one only; cameo), Edward's Brass Band (one only; cameo), Something Fishy (one only; cameo), Harold and the Flying Horse (one only; stock footage cameo) and Three Cheers for Thomas (one only; cameo)
The Hatts' Nanny
- “The law is the law, and I can't change it.”
- ―The Policeman to the Fat Controller
The young constable, perhaps in hopes of a promotion and a reputation of zeal, often went around Ffarquhar enforcing out of date laws and which had been quietly forgotten. He nearly drove Ffarquhar innkeepers crazy with obscure points in the Licencing Laws. He got his dues when one Sunday morning, after he prowled outside Saint Finian's Church taking the numbers of the cars he saw there, he found out too late that he had "booked" the Vicar's, John Croarie's, the Chairman of the local Bench of Magistrates, as well as his own sergeant's! After the "criminals" were fined ½d each, he was speedily transferred elsewhere amid general rejoicing.
- Season 1 - Thomas' Train (cameo) and Thomas in Trouble
- Season 2 - Percy's Predicament (cameo), Wrong Road (cameo) and Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree (cameo)
- Hirohiko Kakegawa (Japan)
The Hatt's Butler
The Hatt family employs a butler, who in 1951 told the Fat Controller he was wanted on the telephone.
- Season 1 - Thomas in Trouble
- Season 5 - Lady Hatt's Birthday Party (cameo)
- Season 7 - Fergus Breaks the Rules (cameo)
- Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; first season only)
The doctor tended to Mrs. Kyndley in Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas after Thomas' crew saw her dressing-gown waving from her window and suspected the worst. As it was, she had only fainted from the effort of warning them about a landslide ahead.
Mr. Kyndley is Mrs. Kyndley's husband.
- Toby the Tram Engine - Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas
- Thomas Comes Home - Thomas Comes Home (mentioned)
- Thomas' Christmas Party
- 1993 - Thomas and the Snow Block
Bert and Alf
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This man was painting Tidmouth station for Queen Elizabeth II's visit in Paint Pots and Queens when Henry came in. He lost his footing in the smoke and fell. His fall was luckily broken by a tarpaulin draped over Henry's cab, but his paint-pot landed on Henry's dome, making him look, in the Fat Controller's words, like an iced cake.
- Toshio Kobayashi (Japan)
The Naughty Boys
These two boys wandered into James' cab and started him off, prompting a high-speed chase by Edward.
Mrs. Last lives near a station on the Skarloey Railway. Although that is not her real name, she gained the nickname because she was always late to arrive at the station.
The Vicar of Knapford
The Vicar of Knapford hosts a Sunday School at Knapford Harbour.
The New Signalman
The new signalman is a signalman at Killdane who refused to listen to Toby's driver about Toby having small water tanks. He told them that they had to clear the line for James and that they could get more water from the next station. He later apologised and said that he did not understand Toby's situation.
- Toshio Kobayashi (Japan)
The Railway Society
The Railway Society visited Sodor in Domeless Engines, bringing City of Truro with them. Among the members illustrated is a vicar and a man in a bow-tie, both looking at Duck; Eric Marriott theorized they may have been the Rev. W. Awdry showing C. Reginald Dalby what Duck really looked like.
This man set up a barbershop in Crosby, unwisely placed at the end of the siding. After Duck crashed into the wall, the furious barber covered Duck's face in shaving cream. He later washed it off after realizing that Duck prevented a potentially fatal accident, and the North Western Railway gladly paid for the repairs.
- Daisuke Gōri (Japan)
The BBC Television Producers
These men came to the Skarloey Railway in Little Old Twins to film a documentary about the railway. Peter Sam and Sir Handel, recalling the same happening on the Mid Sodor Railway, at first feared the railway was going to be closed. They later returned to the railway to film a documentary for Skarloey and Rheneas' 100th birthday in Very Old Engines.
The Foreign Gentlemen
The Careless Cleaner
This cleaner fiddled with Thomas' controls in Thomas Comes to Breakfast, starting him and resulting into his crashing into the stationmaster's house. It is not revealed as to what happened to him after the incident.
The Ffarquhar Stationmaster and his Family
The stationmaster of Ffarquhar lives near the Ffarquhar sheds with his wife, son and daughter. When Thomas crashed into his house, he shut off steam while his wife reprimanded Thomas for spoiling their breakfast.
- Season 2 - Thomas Comes to Breakfast (The Ffarquhar Stationmaster; does not speak: The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's children; cameo), Daisy (The Ffarquhar Stationmaster; shunter only), Wrong Road (The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's Wife only; cameo) and Edward's Exploit (The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's Wife only; cameo)
- Season 3 - Bulgy (The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's Wife only; not named)
- Journey Beyond Sodor (The Ffarquhar Stationmaster only; mentioned)
Daisy's FitterDaisy's fitter is a man who checks Daisy every day before she goes to work. He told Daisy never to pull any coaches or trucks.
- Season 2 - Daisy
- Season 20 - Ryan and Daisy (mentioned) and The Railcar and the Coaches (mentioned)
- Season 21 - Springtime for Diesel (mentioned)
The Dryaw Policeman
A policeman from Dryaw warned Daisy about a bull on the line ahead. He hitched a ride and tried to help shoo the bull, but the bull kept wandering back.
- Season 4 - Bulls Eyes, Special Attraction (cameo), and Mind that Bike (cameo)
- Season 6 - Gordon Takes a Tumble (cameo)
- Season 7 - Best Dressed Engine (stock footage cameo)
- 2005 - Daisy and the Bull
- Yasunori Masutani (Japan)
The Crovan's Gate Policeman
Another policeman arrived after George collided with Sir Handel's train. He arrived just in time, for George's driver and the guard were almost about to have a fistfight over who was at fault.
- Season 4 - Steam Roller, Thomas and the Special Letter (cameo), and Special Attraction (cameo)
- Season 5 - Make Someone Happy (cameo)
- Season 7 - Best Dressed Engine (stock footage cameo)
In the English narration of the television series, he speaks like a stereotypical British policeman.
- Ryōichi Tanaka (Japan)
- Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine - Bluebells of England (not seen; does not speak), Stepney's Special (mentioned) and Bowled Out (does not speak)
The Important Passenger
The important passenger appeared in Stepney's Special and the fourth season episode Thomas and Stepney. After Thomas had left with his last branch line train, the passenger appeared and requested a special train for himself, resulting in Thomas being shunted to a siding while Stepney took the special train.
- Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japan)
Elsbridge Cricket Club
During a gale on Culdee Fell, news came at Devil's Back Station of a group of climbers injured on the mountain. #6 rescued the climbers, and was later renamed after a climber, Patrick, who had hurt himself saving the leader.
Mr. Bobbie, unlike most of the other humans in the Railway Series, was actually a real person. He helped build Skarloey, Rheneas, Talyllyn and Dolgoch in England, and later came to Sodor to help build the line. When Skarloey would not co-operate with Mr. Mack, he had Mr. Bobbie drive Skarloey.
The Duke of Sodor
The current Duke of Sodor came to the Skarloey Railway to open the new loop line around Skarloey lake. Duck, however, mistook him for a Great Western engine and told Peter Sam all "engine" Dukes had been scrapped. Although a "person" Duke came to the opening ceremony, Peter Sam was doubtful and interrupted the Duke during a speech to ask him if he was real. The Duke, however, had been told to expect the question, and cheerfully replied he was a real, live person.
King Henry IV conferred the title Earl of Sodor on the last Regent, Sir Arnold de Norramby, who had assisted the King's troops in expelling the Percy garrisons from Sodor in 1404.
The Earldom was extinguished by Attainder in 1715, but on the conclusion of his first term of office as Lieutenant Governor in 1873, Queen Victoria graciously responded to popular petition and restored to John Arnold Norramby the Earldom of Sodor and the estates of Ulfstead Castle of which his ancestor had been deprived, and which had been reverted to the Crown.
List of Dukes
- John Arnold Norramby (1822-1894) - Promoter and Chairman of the Mid Sodor Railway. Presented the company with an engine which they named in his honour.
- Henry John Norramby (1854-1915) - Earl from 1894-1915.
- Charles Henry Norramby (1883-1941) - Served throughout World War I in the Sodor Regiment. Retired with the rank of Lieutenant General.
- Robert Charles Norramby (1918-1943) - Killed in action in North Africa. Lieutenant Colonel Sodor Regiment.
- Richard Robert Norramby (1940-) Succeeded as a minor. Was age seven when the Mid Sodor Railway closed. 25 when he opened the Skarloey Railway Loop Line. 29 when Duke was found.
- There is really no Duke of Sodor. The Earls of Sodor are active on the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster, and as there is no Duke of Lancaster, Sudrians refer to the Earl as their "Duke".
Fred and Bert
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Fred and Bert are two porters at Tidmouth. They were carrying a beehive on a trolley, but when an old lady suddenly appeared in front, they stopped so suddenly the beehive fell over and broke, prompting the station's occupants (bar James and his crew) to clear the platform.
The Lady with the Floppy Green Hat
This lady chose to wear a large green hat when saying goodbye to a friend at Tidmouth. When she waved to the friend, who was sitting near the guard's van, Gordon's fireman thought the green flag had been waved and set off, causing the first in a series of mix-ups.
Two separate groups of enthusiasts appeared in Edward's Exploit and What a Picture!. The first group were pulled home by Edward, despite him breaking a crank-pin. The second group visited Brendam, and went to watch Ben when he was asked to pull a boat into deeper water, except one man who continuously took pictures of Bill. Unluckily for the photographer, as he was about to take his best picture Bill's driver turned a tap, releasing a cloud of steam and spoiling the photo.
Bill and Ben enjoy the enthusiasts' visits, mainly because of the way they fuss over them.
The British Railways Foreman
A foreman at a goods depot on the British Railways tried to stop Douglas from taking Oliver, Isabel, and Toad back to Sodor, but grudgingly let them pass after finding nothing to fault. He dresses in the default railway staff uniform of a blue overcoat, a blue cap, a white shirt, blue trousers, and a black tie.
- Toshio Kobayashi (Japan)
The Mid Sodor Railway Manager
This man was the manager of the Mid Sodor Railway when Falcon was new to the line. When Stanley (Smudger in the television series) continuously derailed and shrugged off all the advice he was given from Duke, the manager decided to turn him into a pumping engine behind the shed. He later arranged for Falcon to double-head with Duke on the "Mountain Road", which nearly resulted in disaster after Falcon derailed. Luckily, no harm was done, and the manager later apologised to the passengers for the trouble.
It is unknown what happened to him after the railway closed down, but in the Television series, he became the manager of the Bluebell Railway.
- Season 4 - Granpuff (does not speak), Bulldog, Rusty to the Rescue and Thomas and Stepney (mentioned)
Sam the Farmer
|This article is about 'the farmer'. You may be looking for 'the engine or the porter'.|
Sam the Farmer is a farmer that most likely works at Crowe's Farm. He once had to deliver a cart of lime to Mr. Crowe's forty-acre field. His cart became stuck on the crossing and he went for help. Percy eventually ended up smashing the cart to smithereens.
- Mr. Perkins Storytime - Ghost Train (does not speak)
- 1988 - Ghost Train (mentioned)
Anopha Quarry Manager
This man is in charge of the quarry where Mavis works. He forbade her from leaving the quarry after jaunting onto the tramway, but later allowed her to go as far as the first level crossing after productivity increased, and later to Ffarquhar after she rescued Toby from a "tightrope".
Two men robbed the Ffarquhar stationmaster's house of his gardening trophies, and rounded it off by stealing his new car. Luckily, they were stupid enough to use the car the day after the burglary. Thomas' fireman alerted the police, and the thieves were arrested, with the car and the trophies (in the boot of the car) both unharmed.
The Boy Scouts
One summer, some boy scouts camped near the Skarloey Railway. Their leader arranged with Mr. Hugh to fix some ditches near the line. Later, their leader asked Duncan and his crew to find them something to drink from the Refreshment Lady when they got thirsty. They only appeared in Great Little Engines.
The Wedding Guests
As Gordon passed Wellsworth one day, the poor coal he was using caused him to "sneeze" out a cloak of ashes, spoiling the clothes of the angry wedding guests. They appeared in Gordon the High-Speed Engine.
The Dairy Farmer
This man's lorry broke down as he was delivering some dairy products to Brendam. He was phoning for help when Thomas crashed into the lorry and got covered in eggs. Bill and Ben were swift to tease Thomas about it afterwards. He only appeared in Thomas and the Twins.
The Child and his Mother
When a bag was thrown onto Thomas' demonstration line at the National Railway Museum, Thomas could not stop in time and ran over the bag. A child was frightened by the steam, and his furious mother went to complain to the manager.
- “I adored the books and remember so well the joy of those stories. In fact, I seem to recall reading them to my younger brothers when they were small too! I dare say the books are still in the nursery cupboard somewhere.”
- ―Prince Charles' recollections of the Railway Series, The Thomas the Tank Engine Man
He first visited the North Western Railway on the Golden Jubilee of the Railway Series in 1995, where he was greeted by Sir Stephen Topham Hatt, who had masterminded the Royal Visit. He had visited Sodor again by 2005.
Kathy and Lizzie
|This article is about 'the little girl'. You may be looking for 'the boat'.|
Kathy and Lizzie Presres are two girls who worked on the Talyllyn Railway cleaning the engines. When their family went holidaying on Sodor, they polished Skarloey Railway engines.
Kathy has brunette hair, while Lizzie has blonde hair.