Look at that! " The back engine must be the strongest and the best! ―Stephen Hatt, Edward the Very Useful Engine, sixth season
Stephen Topham Hatt
Stephen Topham Hatt (born 1941) is Sir Topham and Lady Hatt's grandson, Bridget's older brother Dowager Hatt's great-grandson and Sir Lowham Hatt's great-nephew. In The Railway Series, he took over his father's role as controller of the North Western Railway in 1984 and became Sir Topham Hatt III in 1997.
The Hatts spent a long holiday on
Toby's old line in East Anglia. Stephen was excited when he first met Toby, but Bridget accidentally offended him by assuming he was an electric tram.
He became the Fat Controller in 1984, and succeeded to his father's baronetcy in 1997. In 1970, he married Helen Margaret, a distant cousin and granddaughter of the Reverend Nicholas Dreswick, the much-respected historian of
Sodor. They had three children: Richard Topham, born in 1972 and no doubt destined to be Sir Topham Hatt IV (Stephen will be seventy-six in 2017, though he has, as yet, given no hint of retiring), Charles Nicholas (1974-) and Emily Helen (1977-).
With great skill, he masterminded the arrangements for the royal visit in 1995, when he welcomed the
Prince of Wales on his visit to Sodor.
Stephen had never grown up to be controller, and has always remained as about the same age. He was amongst the boys who teased
Daisy about bull's-eyes, and was also amongst the boys who teased Sir Handel about George. He and Bridget helped Toby discover an old castle. He thought that Edward was the strongest and the best, after Edward pushed Duck, Gordon, and their trains into Knapford Station. He and Bridget flew a kite, which got blown away, but Thomas, along with Charlie, Percy, Edward and Emily retrieved it. He and Bridget later caught chickenpox, convincing Henry that engines could catch chickenpox as well. Once, he, along with his sister and grandfather were supposed to take a tour around Arlesburgh Harbour on Skiff, however the rail boat thought he saw a mermaid and went to sea with just his grandfather aboard, to his and Bridget's distress. Eventually, Harold and Captain found them.
He later appeared in the following books as the Fat Controller:
Season 1 - Thomas and Gordon ( cameo), Thomas' Train ( cameo), Thomas and the Trucks ( cameo), James and the Coaches ( cameo) and Toby and the Stout Gentleman
Season 2 - Saved from Scrap ( cameo), Old Iron ( cameo) and Wrong Road ( cameo)
Season 3 - Percy's Promise ( cameo), Time for Trouble ( cameo), Gordon and the Famous Visitor ( cameo), Thomas Gets Bumped ( not named), Diesel Does it Again ( cameo) and Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party ( cameo)
Season 4 - Bulldog ( cameo), Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady ( cameo), Steam Roller ( cameo), Rusty to the Rescue ( cameo), Bowled Out ( cameo), Henry and the Elephant ( cameo) and Bulls Eyes ( cameo)
Season 5 - A Better View for Gordon ( cameo), Bye George! ( cameo), Baa! ( not named), Thomas and the Rumours ( cameo), Toby and the Flood ( cameo), Toby's Discovery, Something in the Air ( not named) and Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday
Season 6 - No Sleep for Cranky ( cameo), Harvey to the Rescue ( cameo), James and the Red Balloon ( cameo), Percy and the Haunted Mine ( cameo), Thomas, Percy and the Squeak ( cameo) and Edward the Very Useful Engine ( not named)
Season 7 - Emily's New Coaches ( deleted scene cameo), Snow Engine ( not named), Rheneas and the Roller Coaster ( cameo), Harold and the Flying Horse ( cameo) and Three Cheers for Thomas ( cameo)
Season 8 - Thomas and the Tuba ( cameo), Henry and the Wishing Tree ( cameo), Thomas Saves the Day ( cameo), Thomas and the Firework Display ( cameo), Squeak, Rattle and Roll ( cameo), Thomas and the Circus ( cameo), Chickens to School ( cameo) and James Goes Too Far ( cameo)
Season 9 - Thomas and the Rainbow ( cameo), Thomas' Milkshake Muddle ( cameo), Thomas and the Birthday Picnic ( cameo), Percy and the Oil Painting ( cameo) and Thomas Tries His Best ( cameo)
Season 10 - Follow that Flour ( cameo), Thomas and the Jet Plane ( cameo), Percy and the Funfair ( cameo), Seeing the Sights ( cameo), Which Way Now?, Sticky Toffee Thomas ( cameo) and Thomas and the Treasure ( cameo)
Season 11 - Thomas and the Storyteller ( cameo), Edward and the Mail ( cameo), Toby's Triumph ( cameo), Thomas and the Runaway Car ( cameo), Thomas and the Big Bang ( cameo) and Percy and the Left Luggage ( cameo)
Season 13 - Thomas and the Runaway Kite
Season 14 - Diesel's Special Delivery
Season 15 - Wonky Whistle ( cameo)
Season 16 - Muddy Matters ( cameo)
Season 17 - Wayward Winston ( not named; does not speak)
Season 19 - Henry Spots Trouble, Diesel's Ghostly Christmas ( cameo) and Reds vs. Blues ( cameo)
Season 20 - Engine of the Future and Skiff and the Mermaid
1993 - Thomas and the Toboggan!
1994 - Thomas and Trevor and Well Caught!
1996 - A Day at the Beach!, The Little Line, Play Time!, The Thomas Kart!, The Brown Bear and Lost Property!
1997 - 'Smile, Please!', The Daisy Chain and Bobbing About!
1998 - The Snow Engine!, Look Alike, The Carnival!, The Easter Cake!, The Train Game and Toby and the Stout Gentleman! ( does not speak)
2000 - Count with Duck ( possible cameo)
2001 - The Pop Show, Rolling Around! and Skating Show!
2002 - Toby to the Rescue! and Time for a Trim
2003 - Playbus, Seaside Search! ( cameo), Cook Controller! ( not named; mentioned), Really Fast Food!, Percy's Party! ( cameo) and Feeding Time ( cameo)
2004 - Rope Rescue, Percy the Pirate, Night Lights, James and the Red Balloon ( cameo), Holiday Hat ( does not speak), Bertie and the Race ( cameo) and Edward to the Rescue! ( not named)
2005 - Working Christmas, Model Engines, Squeak, Rattle and Roll ( cameo) and Thomas Saves the Day ( cameo)
2006 - Passenger Plane, Busy Bee and The Snow Controller ( does not speak)
2007 - Canal Cruise, Seeing the Sights ( cameo) and Snow Surprise
2008 - Giant Puffer and A Spring Clean! ( does not speak)
2009 - Thomas Saves the Day ( cameo)
2010 - Launching Lizzie, Piggy-in-the-middle!, Proud Puffers and Thomas and the Kites ( does not speak)
2011 - The Runaway Kite ( speaks in speech bubble only), Watch the Clock and Puffer Portrait
2012 - Prize Guys and Wonky Whistle ( cameo)
2013 - The Railway Rink and New Year Party
2014 - Kite Flying and Thomas and the Kites ( does not speak)
2016 - Henry Spots Trouble ( speaks in speech bubble only)
2017 - Thomas and the Kites ( does not speak)
Stephen Hatt also appeared in the magazine stories,
A Colourful Christmas, A Friend's Party, A Hole in One, Big Catch, Daisy and the Fish, Doctors and Nurses, Dressing Up, Fair Scare!, Feeding Time, Gone Fishing, Happy Holiday!, Harvest Time, Keeping Dry, Lights On, Misbehaving, Puzzles, Retirement Time, Snap Happy, Station Mystery, Steaming!, The Christmas Sacks, The Flower Dome, The Hallowe'en Special, The Tiny Engine and Working Whistles.
In the magazines, he and Bridget have a friend named Marcus.
In the magazine story, The Hallowe'en Special, it is said that Stephen and Bridget live on the Mainland and only come to stay with Sir Topham and Lady Hatt every so often.
In Saved from Scrap, Stephen's model was used as one of The Vicar's sons.
From the third to seventeenth seasons, Stephen wore a green sweatshirt instead of a jacket and tie.