" 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 (born 1941) is Sir Topham and Lady Hatt's grandson and Bridget's older brother. 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, succeeding 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 (his father will be seventy-two in 2013, though he has, as yet, given no hint of retiring), Charles Nicholas (1974-) and Emily Helen (1977-).
He played a part in arranging the construction of the
Arlesdale Railway's new locomotive, Jock, in 1990, a project which had been dear to his father's heart. 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.
He later appeared in the following books as the Fat Controller:
Season 1 - Thomas and Gordon ( cameo) and Toby and the Stout Gentleman
Season 2 - Old Iron ( cameo) and Wrong Road ( cameo)
Season 3 - Percy's Promise ( cameo), Time for Trouble, Thomas Gets Bumped ( cameo), and Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party ( cameo)
Season 4 - Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady ( cameo), Steam Roller ( cameo), Bowled Out ( cameo), and Bulls Eyes ( cameo)
Season 5 - A Better View for Gordon ( cameo), Bye George! ( cameo), Baa!, Toby's Discovery, Something in the Air ( cameo), and Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday
Season 6 - Harvey to the Rescue ( cameo), No Sleep for Cranky ( cameo), James and the Red Balloon ( cameo), Thomas, Percy and the Squeak ( cameo), and Edward the Very Useful Engine
Season 7 - Snow Engine, 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 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 ( cameo)
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!, and Lost Property!
1997 - 'Smile, Please!'
1998 - Look Alike, The Carnival!, The Easter Cake!, The Train Game, and Toby and the Stout Gentleman! ( does not speak)
2002 - Toby to the Rescue!
2003 - Playbus, and Seaside Search! ( 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
2006 - Passenger Plane
2007 - Canal Cruise, and Seeing the Sights ( cameo)
2008 - Giant Puffer and A Spring Clean! ( does not speak)
2009 - Thomas Saves the Day ( cameo)
2010 - Launching Lizzie, Piggy-in-the-middle!, and Proud Puffers
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
Stephen Hatt also appeared in the magazine stories,
A Colourful Christmas, A Friend's Party, A Hole in One, Big Catch, Busy Bee, 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 Brown Bear, The Christmas Sacks, The Daisy Chain, The Flower Dome, The Hallowe'en Special, and The Tiny Engine.
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.
Sir Topham and Lady Hatt with Stephen and Bridget
Stephen, Bridget, Sir Topham, and Lady Hatt
Mavis, Bridget, Marcus, and Stephen