"The Fat Controller"
Sir Topham Hatt I, 1st Baronet, GCB, CBE, also known as "the Fat Controller" and originally called "the Fat Director", was the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Tidmouth, Knapford & Elsbridge Railway and the General Manager of the North Western Railway.
Topham Hatt was born in 1877 to Bertram Hatt and Mary Hatt. In his youth Topham was apprenticed in the Great Western Railway's Swindon Works, alongside the famous Sir William Stanier. When he left Swindon he moved to Sodor where he was appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer to the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway in 1904, the next year he designed the "Coffee Pots".
- He was almost always accompanied by two men in standard blue railway uniforms. They are his assistants.
|Controller of the North Western Region|
(as Managing Director)
Sir Charles Topham Hatt