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The porter helps passengers aboard a passenger train or to handle their baggage. They often have to cross the railway line to get the baggage across to the coaches.

The porters on Sodor tend to be very clumsy and accident prone and are linked to several incidents that happened around the Island, such as the time Percy tried to surprise the coaches and spilled sticky jam all over the passengers and the Fat Controller and the time two porters broke a beehive at the station.


A North Western Railway porter's uniform consists of blue or green trousers, a black tie, a white shirt, a long blue overcoat and a blue cap.

Voice Actors


  • To date, three porters have been named. They are Fred, Bert and Sam.
  • In the twentieth season episode Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks, one unnamed porter spoke with a voice that is almost identical to the "Octonauts" character Shellington. This is probably due to the fact that they were both voiced by Keith Wickham.