This list is for human characters who appear in Stories From Sodor, listed in chronological order.

The Storyteller


The Storyteller was asked to open a new library, but first Thomas had to show her a special part of the line to give her inspiration for a story. Thomas, however, was delayed helping James, Emily and Percy, but luckily the storyteller knew what to do: she made a story about Thomas. She appears to be good friends with Lady Hatt.

The Quarry-Master


The Quarry-master was in charge of China Clay works. When a rock-slide started at the quarry, the quarry-master was nearly left behind, but he clambered aboard one of the trucks just in time.

The Portly Man


The Portly Man, Jem Cole, Farmer Trotter and two other men went on a search for Duke. He found Duke after accidentally falling through the roof of his shed and landing on his saddletank.

The Firelighter


The Firelighter is a specialist workman who helps out with lighting fires for steam engines. He wears a blue coat, white shirt, black tie and brown overalls and cap.

The Firelighter once came to see why Gordon's fire would not light. He then found out that there were "gremlins" in Gordon's fire.

The Special Visitor


Mr Walsh, known as The Special Visitor, came to the Island of Sodor to build a new playground for the children as their old one had closed. He, along with the Fat Controller, utilised Harold to see possible areas for the new playground. As a result, rumours spread amongst the engines that they were to be replaced by Harold, but these were found to be untrue after Gordon's accident in a tunnel. From the crash, he found the perfect sand for the new playground and everyone smiled.

The Lighthouse Keeper


The lighthouse keeper is in charge of warning ships that get too close to the rocky shore. In his first appearance, he warned Thomas of eroded tracks on the coastal route. Once, a fuse broke in the lighthouse, so Salty suggested to the lighthouse keeper that Fergus' flywheel be used to power the generator.

The Railway Board


These are a group of men who help run the North Western Railway and make decisions about which engines to keep. For some reason, they prefer to ride in Bertie. They also look very much alike.

The Coaling Plant Manager


The Coaling Plant Manager is in charge of The Coaling Plant.

Mr. Jolly


Mr. Jolly is the owner of Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory.

Every day, one of the engines has to go to the factory where their trucks are filled with Mr. Jolly's world famous chocolate bars and other confections. His chocolate is so popular that, on occasion, Harold has been employed to deliver it to places that the engines cannot get to.


  • Mr. Jolly has never physically appeared in the television series, however an illustration of his face appears on the factory's logo and merchandise of him as a figure exist.

The Captain


The Captain was in charge of the Brendam Tramp Steamer that was heading for Brendam Docks. During the ship's voyage, a distant lighthouse lost power. Thanks to the quick-thinking of Salty, Fergus was attached to the Lighthouse's generator, thus keeping the captain and his ship safe. The next morning, he thanked Salty and Fergus for their hard work.

The Fisherman


The fisherman goes out to sea to catch fish near the Norramby Fishing Village, though he can be seen working at other places.

Once, Thomas was sent to collect some fish and was impatient with the workmen, the fisherman teased him and told him to enjoy the smell of fish, in-which Thomas snorted in disgust.

The Tailor


After the Fat Controller received a kilt as a present from Lord Callan, he had it measured for him by the tailor.

Dusty Miller


Dusty Miller has his own windmill for making flour on Toby's Branch Line. He also sometimes helps out at the Hillside Mill near the Skarloey Railway. He is good friends with Toby and Lady Hatt.

When his windmill was struck by lightning, Toby wanted to help. That chance came sooner than expected when Toby came across a tree and asked if he could use it to rebuild the mill. When the windmill was rebuilt, the miller named it Toby's Windmill in thanks.

Thomas once mistook him for The Man in the Hills because he was covered in so much flour that it made him look white.

Headmaster Hastings


Headmaster Hastings is the headmaster of Strawberry Grove School. One day, Duncan was pulling an organ for the school when his whistle shot off into a field and Headmaster Hastings used the organ as a replacement.

Dryaw FC Coach


The Dryaw FC Coach has only appeared in the episode Buster the Steamroller from the Engine Friends miniseries. He hired the Sodor Construction Company to clear debris from the Dryaw FC car park after a bad storm and needed the additional help of Buster to flatten out mole hills on the football field.

He loosely resembles the Fat Controller.

The Piano Lady


The Piano Lady arranged for Isobella to deliver her piano. When Isobella was in danger of falling off the Old Quarry Bridge, she and Miss Jenny encouraged Kelly to rescue her.

The Dairy Manager


The Dairy Manager manages the Sodor Dairy. His uniform consists of white trousers, a black tie, a white jacket over it and a white hat.

The Dairy Manager once arranged with the Fat Controller for Thomas to deliver Sodor's stinkiest cheese to Brendam Docks. On Mr. Percival's birthday, Thomas mistook him for The Man in the Hills. He later arranged with Sir Robert Norramby for Stephen to collect milk from the Dairy for Ulfstead Castle's afternoon tea.

The Baker


When Thomas brought milk churns to the Bakery to make cakes for the children's summer party at Maithwaite, the baker told him that he needed butter, not milk. Thomas told him to look inside; the baker saw that the milk was now butter due to Thomas travelling fast.


This article is about the little girl. You may be looking for the coach.

Alice is a young girl who lives on High Farm. She is good friends with Thomas and, presumably, Rosie. Her mum phoned for help when Thomas was trapped in a landslide. She was later seen amongst Bertie's passengers when he got stuck in the mud on his way to the medal ceremony for a brave firefighter.

The Percival Children

Mr. and Mrs. Percival have five children, including twins named Patrick and Pansy. Unlike their parents, the twins are redheads. On their birthday, they were given a trip in a hot air balloon as a present.

Miss Mary Marvel

Miss Mary Marvel is a famous storyteller who came to the Skarloey Railway to tell a story about Proteus.

The Bargeman

The Bargeman owns a barge used to transport loads along the canals of the Skarloey Railway. He seems to be familiar with some of the engines on the narrow gauge railway as well as Colin. He appears to own the "Sodor Maid" canal boat. He was also one of the very important visitors that attended Dowager Hatt's tour of Sodor and party.

The Mainland Controller

The Mainland Controller is in charge of the Mainland Railway. Percy mentioned him when he told Thomas how fun Charlie is.

The First Teacher

This teacher was once a passenger on Rheneas' train. She was the teacher of a group of kids while they were on a trip to the Skarloey Railway. Rheneas went down the wrong track during the trip and went very fast, almost causing the Teacher to lose her hat. Then, he splashed under a waterfall and the Teacher covered her eyes. She was glad when the trip was over and was looking forward to tea.

The Second Teacher

The Second Teacher is a character who first appeared in the twelfth series. She works as a school teacher and is a frequent user of the North Western Railway. She can sometimes be seen with a man and a small boy which may be her husband and son. One of her hobbies is bird watching. She was also one of the very important visitors that attended Dowager Hatt's Sodor tour and party. Once she was in Annie and was trying to open a window because it was hot inside, only for Annie's window to stuck. She also served as a judge at The Great Railway Show. She went on a world tour along with Thomas and visited Senegal, United States, Brazil and Australia.

The Bakers

Two bakers have been seen working at the bakery. One of them is short and stout while the other is tall and has a mustache.

The Bird Watcher

The Bird Watcher is a fan of bird watching and a supporter of Sodor United football team. He was also one of the very important visitors that attended Dowager Hatt's tour of the island and party. When Thomas made up "Geoffrey", The Bird Watcher wanted to take a picture of the engine.

He somewhat resembles the Fat Controller.

Sodor United Football Team

The Sodor United Football Team (The Sodor United Soccer Team in the American version) is a football/soccer team that is based on Sodor. Emily was once tasked with the job of washing the team's kits but got distracted trying to help her friends when they didn't need any help. Thomas and James were tasked with taking spectators see them play, however both engines decided to race and James, being impatient, left the Barrow team at Brendam Docks, delaying the game.

The Search and Rescue Manager

The Sodor Search and Rescue Centre Manager, also known as The Search and Rescue Manager, is in charge of the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre.

The Schoolchildren

The Schoolchildren were upset because they had to stand in the rain when their school's roof leaked. When Diesel arrived at the school with the slate to fix the roof, they shouted and cheered for him.

A schoolboy later cheered for Flynn when the fire engine arrived to fight a fire. A group of children once commented on Stafford not making any noise, prompting the electric engine to learn some steam engine noises.

The Ginger-haired Boy

The Ginger-haired Boy is a little boy with ginger hair and glasses who has appeared in various episodes since the twelfth series. He once asked Thomas to find a hat for the children's snowman before the "Snowman Party" began. He and a girl waved to James, who was not paying attention due to his attitude of pulling rubbish.

The Blond-haired Boy

The Blond-haired Boy is a little boy with blond hair and blue eyes. He once broke his leg and needed to get back to Sodor before Christmas and luckily Connor got him there in time.

Dowager Hatt's Friends

Dowager Hatt's Friends are two elderly ladies. They often go on trips with Bertie to different places, such as Bluff's Cove. They also seem to be thrill-seekers like Dowager Hatt. One is occasionally seen without the other. Sometimes they can be seen with an elderly gentleman whom they seem to be good friends with (one of the ladies can even be seen kissing him at one point). They were some of the very important visitors that attended Dowager Hatt's tour of the island and after party at Knapford. One of them was presented with a bouquet of flowers from a member of the railway staff on Sodor Surprise Day. One of them also served as a judge at The Great Railway Show.

The Indian Fashion Designer


The Indian Fashion Designer is a famous designer from Surajpur. Thomas once had to deliver some fabrics to her, but ended up accidentally delivering goats instead.

The Indian Actor


The Indian Actor is a famous Bollywood actor.

The Indian Director


The Indian Director is a Bollywood director who chose Thomas to be part of the new Bollywood movie. 

The Tiger Hunters


While Thomas was working in India, he encountered a pair of tiger hunters.

The duo privately hired Rajiv under the pretense of tiger spotting, but had brought a cage in order to capture one. Shankar noticed this and he and Thomas were able to warn Rajiv, while the pair cleared a tree branch from the line. Rajiv distracted them by taking them in circles around the tiger sanctuary, while Shankar dressed as a tiger to fool them. This gave Thomas enough time to get Charubala and the police, who arrested the pair and locked them in their own cage, while they pleaded it was just a misunderstanding.

Doctor Claire


Doctor Claire is an Australian doctor that is flown across the country by Isla to help people that are too far away to travel to hospital.

Ranger Jill


Ranger Jill is a forest ranger who works within the Kuranda Rainforest in Australia.

One day, while she was looking for a kookaburra, she met Thomas. Thomas helped her for much of the day as an "Assistant Ranger", though she sent him away after he tried to shoo off a koala with his whistle. When Thomas noticed a bushfire, he came back to pick up Ranger Jill and the two were able to save the koalas in the rainforest, except for one named Banjo. Thomas went back and saved Banjo and when he returned Ranger Jill told him the fire fighters were able to get the bushfire under control. She then named a new born crocodile whose egg she found after the tank engine.


Mia is the head of the Museum of Archeology in Italy. She is an expert in archeology and is good friends with Gina.


For other uses, see James (disambiguation).

James is Jacob and Caroline's brother and Rylie, Maddox, and Camdyn's cousin.


For other uses, see Caroline (disambiguation).

Caroline is Jacob and James' sister and Rylie, Camdyn, and Maddox's cousin.


Jane is George's owner.


Jane and George had to work on Farmer McColl's Farm after things with Jane's business went downhill. Eventually they joined the Sodor Construction Company, where they currently work.


Jane is a kind person. She's one who tells the truth.


She has short blonde hair, green eyes, and wears overalls.


This article is about the human. You may be looking for the engine.

Brady is Kira's younger brother, and likewise Richard Hatt's son and Sir Topham Hatt's grandson.


Brady went to America with his sister as a British exchange student. He later came back to Sodor with Kira, Jacob, Sierra, Cassie, and Caroline.

Mr. Himper

Mr. Himper used to run an illegal puppy mill in a factory in Crosby. He is currently in prison.

Mr. Slums

Mr. Slums used to work in Mr. Himper's puppy mill. He returned Dowager Hatt's dog to Sir Topham Hatt.


"There's Sophie on Playful!"
Percy, Percy and the Pony, Season 13

Sophie is a young girl and a friend of Percy's.


Sophie owns a pony called Playful which she rides in a field close to the railway line. Sophie competed in horse shows and once gave Percy some old horseshoes to bring him good luck.



Danny is in charge of hiring deckchairs to holidaymakers on the beach.


One day, Lorry 1 crushed his store-shed. Danny was worried that the tide might wash his chairs away, so his good friend, Bulstrode, told him to stow the deckchairs safely in his hull overnight. The next morning, Danny mended his store-shed and gave a gift for Bulstrode - a roll of stripy deckchair material to cover his hull so that Bulstrode did not get continuously hit with beach balls and kites.


Danny is very kind and in the event of a deckchair being torn, he never seems annoyed. He just takes the damaged chairs home and mends them with stripy deckchair canvas that he keeps for just such an occasion.

Mr. Osiris

Mr. Osiris is the controller of the railway in Egypt.

International Characters

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