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The "Man in the Hills" is a tall man dressed in white who lives in the hills of Sodor. According to Sir Handel, no one has ever seen him. However, a chalk figure of him holding a walking stick is drawn on a hillside next to the Skarloey Railway. Thomas wanted to show the figure as a birthday gift for Mr. Percival's birthday.
The chalk drawing is located at Green Hills Junction.
The white chalk figure of the Man in the Hills is based upon the Long Man of Wilmington, a mysterious guardian who protects the South Downs. The Long Man of Wilmington is on a steep hillside, six miles northwest of Eastbourne, East Sussex in southern England.