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There are two types of drivers which specialise in operating engines and buses.

Engine Drivers

"I'd never go without my driver. I'd be frightened."
Toby, Thomas Comes to Breakfast, second season

The engine drivers (sometimes called engineers in some US narrations) drive and maintain the engines and, along with the fireman, keep the engines in control and provide a voice of reason when an engine is being difficult.


A North Western Railway steam engine driver's uniform consists of blue trousers, a black tie, a white shirt with a blue jacket over it and a blue cap. Diesel engine drivers wear a similar, though less formal, and uniform. This dress code is the same for drivers on the Arlesdale Railway. The drivers on the Skarloey Railway wear the same outfits, but in grey instead of blue.

The drivers on the Skarloey Railway wear the same outfits, but in grey instead of blue.

Voice Actors

Thomas' driver:

Edward's driver:

Henry's driver:

Gordon's driver:

James' driver

Percy's driver:

Toby's driver:

Duck's driver:

  • Takeshi Endo (Japan; A Close Shave)
  • Hikaru Midorikawa (Japan; Donald's Duck)
  • Toshio Kobayashi (Japan; All at Sea)
  • Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; Bulgy)
  • Ryō Horikawa (Japan; Toby Had a Little Lamb)
  • Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japan; Edward the Very Useful Engine)

Donald's driver:

Douglas' driver:

  • Yūki Satō (Japan; Escape)
  • Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japan; Bad Day at Castle Loch)
  • Mitsuhiro Sakamaki (Japan; Love Me Tender)
  • Reinder van der Naalt (The Netherlands; Love Me Tender)

Oliver's driver:

Bill's driver:

Ben's driver:

  • Hirohiko Kakegawa (Japan; The Diseasel)

Stepney's driver:

Emily's driver:

Fergus' driver:

  • Kōzō Shioya (Japan; Fergus Breaks the Rules)

Arthur's driver:

Murdoch's driver:

Daisy's driver:

Skarloey's driver:

Rheneas' driver:

Sir Handel's driver:

  • Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; Four Little Engines)
  • Nobuhiko Kazama (Japan; A Bad Day for Sir Handel)

Peter Sam's driver:

Duncan's driver:

Duke's driver:

Rusty's driver:

  • Toshio Kobayashi (Japan; Trucks!)
  • Yūki Satō (Japan; Special Funnel, Rusty to the Rescue and Trusty Rusty)
  • Hisao Egawa (Japan; Rusty and the Boulder)
  • Ryō Horikawa (Japan; Dunkin Duncan)
  • Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; Rusty Saves the Day)


  • In the magazine stories, drivers on the Skarloey Railway wear the same colour uniform of those on the North Western Railway.
  • To date, six drivers have been named: Charlie Sand, Edward's driver, Joe, Culdee's driver, Bob, Thomas' driver, Jack Owen, Stepney's driver, Billy Twofeathers and Rainbow Sun's driver.
  • There have been complaints about the lack of female drivers. Mary Creagh, a Labour Front-bencher, has said it was a negative stereotype, and says it will make women less likely to become train drivers if they are put off in their early years. She also criticised the lack of female characters. HiT Entertainment responded saying there has been a "historical imbalance" but that there will be more female characters/engines in development.
  • Douglas's driver is the first driver in the series to have ginger hair.
  • Donald's driver is one of the few to have grey hair in the model series.


Bus Drivers

"That will do, Bertie. A promise is a promise and we must keep it!"
— Bertie's driver, Bertie's Chase, second season

There are several bus drivers who work for Sodor Roadways. In the model series, they were commonly accompanied by bus conductors.

In the magazine story, A Hole in One, the Fat Controller played golf with Bertie's driver.


A bus driver's uniform consists of a light blue jacket over a white shirt and a red tie, light blue trousers and a red flat cap with a black brim.

Voice Actors

Bertie's driver:

  • Shinobu Satouchi (Japan; Bertie's Chase)
  • Kunihiro Kawamoto (Japan; Unscheduled Stops)

Bulgy's driver: