Sir Richard Topham Hatt (born June 15, 1972) was the 4th Controller of the North Western Railway. He assumed the position from 2013 to 2022.


Richard was born at Hatt Manor, just outside of Wellsworth. He was one of three children, the other two being Charles (born 1974) and Emily (born 1977). Charles was not interested in becoming the controller; he went to the United States to work for Microsoft. Therefore, Richard was destined to become the controller. As a child he enjoyed the railway very much and traveled almost everywhere on it with his father. Richard's favorite railway on the Island was the Skarloey Railway as the scenery was spectacular. After graduating from university in 1992, he worked as a steam engine driver, mainly operating Henry or James. He married his university friend Thelma Silver in 1998 and had three children. At their wedding, his father Stephen was supposed to help make the cake but ended up eating it. Richard was the stationmaster of Crosby and then Wellsworth. During this time, he became obese, like his father. Stephen Hatt announced his retirement in 2013 due to health problems at the age of 58. Richard was immediately voted in by the railway board and took his fathers place on January 11, 2013. So far, E's control has been generally trouble free. He managed the Railway until 2013. He announced his retirement on December 30, 2021. So, his son, Ernie, took over.

Engines Acquired During Tenure

  • Porter (2013)
  • Timothy (2014)
  • Marion (2014)
  • Gator (temporarily) (2014)
  • Ted (re-acquired) (2014)
  • Ryan (2015)
  • Philip (2015 and 2016)
  • Sodor garret (2016)
  • Rowan (2016)
  • Nia (2018)
  • Rebecca (2018)

The Adventures Of Sodor Appearances

Season 1

  • Important Jobs (cameo)

Season 3

  • The Tea Train

Voice Actors

Thomas1Edward2Henry3: Episode I-Present. (Will always voice him).

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