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James the Red Engine
JAMES
Info
Number 5
Built 1912 (age 104)
Arrived on Sodor 1945 (between 1923-25 in RWS Universe)
Color Red, previously Black
Configuration 2-6-0, previously 0-6-0
Current Voice Actor Andrew Homer
James is a mixed traffic red engine who is the number 5 on the North Western Railway.

BioEdit

James was built in 1912 and worked in England until he was bought by the Fat Controller in 1945. His first day did not go well. Some troublesome trucks pushed him off the rails. Thomas came to his rescue and James was repainted red, which he was very proud of. After being mended, James spent some time learning on Thomas's branch line until being sent back to the main line later. Because he is a mixed traffic engine, he pulled both coaches and trucks. James did not do well with coaches. He was very rough and caused a hole in their brakes once which had to be mended with a passengers boot lace. As punishment for that and previously ruining the Fat Controllers new top hat, he was shut up in the shed. Eventually, the Fat Controller let him out and he took some trucks. Unlike his first encounter with them, he took no nonsense and fiercely brought them to the destination, despite the trucks running away at Gordon's Hill. The Fat Controller was very pleased, though Henry and Gordon still teased him. This all stopped when Gordon accidentally went down the wrong line, and James had to take his express. Along with Gordon and Henry, James went on strike between 1949.

In the summer 2013, a tanker named Wretch was causing trouble and made poor Henry damage his breaks. James, feeling cocky, took Wretch out with his train the next day and tried to keep him in order. However, Wretch broke the coupling at the top of Gordon's Hill and the trucks ran away. He managed to catch them, but because he was going backwards, he crashed into Boco. In the deep freeze of January 2014, James tried to pull Donald and Douglas out of the snow but failed.

Trainz ModelsEdit

From the pilot episode to The Search for Smudger, SI3D's 2010 model of James was used. Their 2012 model was used from then onwards.
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BasisEdit

James's basis is debatable. The book The Island of Sodor: Its People, History, and Railways states that James is a Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Works Class 28. However, Awdry's model of James resembled a G&SWR "Austrian Goods" 2-6-0 engine. It is likely he is a mix of the two engines, with the Austrian shape and Class 28 wheels.

PersonaEdit

James is a lot like Gordon, being arrogant and snobby. However, his arrogance is because of how proud he is of his shiny red paint rather than size. He can get easily irritated and out of the 11 engines, is most prone to anger. However, he can also be very determined not to let anything beat him, such as when he continued to pull a train of Troublesome Trucks even though they caused havoc. James never truly means harm and can lend a helpful hand.

TEOS AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

Season 3Edit

Season 4Edit

SpecialsEdit

NWR OriginsEdit

T1E2H3's RWS AppearancesEdit

More Branch Line EnginesEdit

The Slopes of Culdee FellEdit

Voice ActorsEdit

TV AppearancesEdit

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James in the CGI Series

James has appeared in every season and special. He is voiced by Keith Wickham in the UK and Rob Rackstraw in the US. He was previously voiced by Kerry Shale in the US until the 18th season and Susan Ronan in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

TriviaEdit

  • James was the first main role of The Engines of Sodor.
  • James is one of the very few red standard gauge engines on Sodor. The only others still on the Island are Salty and Norman. Harvey and Arthur more of a burgundy color.
  • Alec Baldwin gave James a very flamboyant voice during his Season 5 narration, leading fans to joke that James is gay. This was brought up during an interview of Baldwin on the Conan O'Brien Show.

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