Tom once fell ill and when he returned he found his chief had decided a bike was more economical than a post van. One morning, Tom was asked to fill in some forms. Tom, in a hurry, propped his bike against the platform fencing and asked Percy to keep his eye on it. When Percy was not looking, a boy climbed on the bike, rode down the platform and landed the bike under Percy's wheels, managing to get out of the way just in time (in the television episode Tom carelessly propped the bike against Percy's train and it fell onto the tracks when he started). Tom was disappointed, but his chief decided to give him a new post van, much to his delight.
He has retired from the Post Office now and lives a quiet life with his wife in a cottage near Ffarqhar Station.
Tom wears a postman's uniform, which consists of a dark blue jacket with red markings over a white shirt, a black tie and dark blue trousers, with a dark blue cap with a red brim.
- Nobutoshi Canna (Japan)
- George Carlin gave Tom a Scottish accent in the US narration.
- Tom Tipper was the last character from the Railway Series to be introduced in the television series for a period of 18 years before Sir Robert Norramby was introduced.