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The Workman are minor characters in the television series, but play an important role in the functioning of the Island of Sodor. They are always ready to assist in almost any kind of work and are found in almost any part of the Island of Sodor.


A workman's uniform usually consists of blue trousers, a black tie, a white shirt, a blue jacket, with brown overalls and either a brown cap or hardhat. Depending on where the workman works, the colour of the uniform may vary (such as orange and red for SS&RC workmen), lack a tie and have a logo on the overalls


Workmen are usually found around, but are not limited to:

Voice Actors

Dock Workers:

Dryaw Station Workers:

Knapford Station Workers:

Knapford Station Yard Workers:

Knapford Yards Workers:

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; Helping Hiro)

Orchard Workers:

Quarry Workers:

Railway Show Yard Workers:

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; The Great Race)

Rail Workers:

Sodor Search and Rescue Centre Workers:

Steelworks Workers:

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; Journey Beyond Sodor)
  • Steven Kynman (UK/US; Journey Beyond Sodor)

Steamworks Workers:

Washdown Workers:

  • Keith Wickham (UK/US; All in Vain)
  • Kunihiro Kawamoto (Japan; All in Vain)

Wellsworth Station Workers:


  • Several workmen are currently on display at Drayton Manor and the Hara Model Railway Museum.
  • What the workmen wear would be considered unsafe by modern standards. For example they do not wear hardhats, safety vests, or eye protection. This is because the TV series is set before the 1970s. However, some episodes show quarry workmen and miners wearing hardhats and since the CGI switch-over, hardhats and eye protection have been more present, this means that the current series takes place on the 1970s.
  • A "Pack scale" workman (along with two heads) was preserved by the Top Props preservation group.
  • The workmen also sometimes work as shunters, signalmen and even as the managers and foremen, who become the boss for other workmen, besides Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival and Miss Jenny Packard.
  • To date, only one workman has been named, Albert.
  • Mr. Percival has a workman as his assistant, while Sir Topham Hatt has bodyguards, and Miss Jenny Packard has a foreman as assistance.
  • One workman was the first character to say Sir Topham Hatt's catchphrase, "confusion and delay", in the episode Oliver's Find, before the first time Sir Topham Hatt himself says it in Dunkin Duncan.


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